Northumberland County is diverse with agriculture and industry in the Northern end of the county and an anthracite coal region in the South. Major employers in Northumberland County include: Weis Markets Inc., American Home Foods Inc., Northumberland County, Pennsylvania State Government and Merck & Co. Inc.* Northumberland County (population 93,662) was created on March 21, 1772, from parts of Lancaster, Cumberland, Berks, Bedford and Northampton Counties. It probably was named for the English county of the same name. Sunbury, the county seat, was laid out in 1772, incorporated as a borough on March 24, 1797, and became a city in 1921. It was named for an English village near London.
Northumberland County (460 square miles) is located about an hour North of Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River in the heart of the Susquehanna Valley. Northumberland's most visible attributes are its waterways and forests. Streamside, anglers enjoy some of the best fishing on the East coast. Boating on the Susquehanna has become popular, and the Fish Commission has developed access ramps at many locations along the river.
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.
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*Employer information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.