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Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County Schuylkill County has transitioned from being totally dependent on anthracite coal production to an economic base that is diverse yet balanced between manufacturing and service-type industries. Major employers in Schuylkill County include:  Pennsylvania State Government, Alcoa Extrusions Inc., Good Samaritan Regional, Pottsville Hospital, and Lowe's Home Center's Inc.* Schuylkill County (population 149,176) was created on March 1, 1811, from parts of Berks and Northampton Counties and named for the Schuylkill River. Schuylkill is Dutch for "hidden stream." Pottsville, the county seat, was named for the Pott family, early settlers. 

Schuylkill County (779 square miles), nestled between the mountains of East-Central Pennsylvania, provides outdoor recreation, unique attractions, fascinating history and a host of fairs, events and festivals. Schuylkill County includes two state parks, campgrounds, hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, golfing, canoeing, swimming and picnicking. Schuylkill County's unique attractions feature America's oldest brewery, anthracite mining heritage, auto racing, museums and nearby attractions, including an amusement park, whitewater rafting and steam rail excursions. Our county fair and the Pennsylvania Dutch Kutztown Folk Festival highlight our festival season. 

Principal cities, towns or municipalities

Chamber of Commerce

  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce
    804 Centre St.
    Ashland, PA 17921
  • Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce
    114 W. Broad St.
    Tamaqua, PA    18252



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*Employer information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.