Montour County is the top county for percentage of earnings accumulated through service industries. The presence of the Geisinger Health System and related support businesses provide the primary employment opportunities in the county. Other major employers include: Danville Area School District; Grandview Health Homes, Inc.; TRW; Strick Corporation; Cabinet Industries and Pennsylvania Power and Light Company.* Montour County (population 18,281) was created on May 3, 1850, from part of Columbia County and named for Madame Montour, a woman of Indian and French descent who was prominent in Indian affairs. Danville, the county seat, was laid out in 1792 and incorporated as a borough in February 27, 1849. It was the county seat of Columbia County from 1813 to 1846.
Montour County, in the heart of Pennsylvania, is home to rural farmlands, state game lands, state forests, nature preserves and the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. Montour County may be one of the smallest of Pennsylvania counties in geographical size (131 square miles) but certainly not in things to do. Located on the North branch of the Susquehanna River, Montour County is only 4 hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Its county seat, Danville, offers quaint gift and antique shops and has several outstanding inns. Columbia County with its 24 covered bridges is minutes to the East. Historic Victorian Lewisburg is minutes to the West. The mountains of Lycoming County are 30 minutes to the North. The outlets of Lancaster are only several hours to the South.
The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has produced a Quality of Life guide for Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Montour counties. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, and the guide may take awhile to download due to the large amount of pictures. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, contact the Chamber at 1-800-410-2880. Click here for the Quality of Life Guide.
Principal cities, towns or municipalities
Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce
- The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
- Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau
- Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
- School profiles
- EdNA - Search by county for information about schools, intermediate units, vocational technical schools, and higher education.
Housing, recreation, shopping, restaurants
For a comprehensive list searchable by county, go to Pennsylvania Visitors Network.
*Employer information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.