Schuylkill County is strategically located along the Interstate 81 corridor and Interstates 78 & 80 are also in very close proximity.  It encompasses nearly 778.6 square miles.  Due to its geographic location, Schuylkill County is easily accessible to major metro areas and markets along the eastern seaboard.  Major arterial routes include Routes 61 and 309.

Schuylkill County is located within the Pottsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.  The City of Pottsville is the major commercial center in Schuylkill County with a vibrant downtown district .

Air line service is available at the Schuylkill County Airport near Pottsville.  It is capable of providing small jet, medium passenger and transport aircraft.  Freight rail service is also available from Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad.

Schuylkill County enjoys a diversified economy. Schuylkill County’s economy is dominated by the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing and service related sectors.  Small businesses contribute significantly to the economy of Schuylkill County as there are numerous companies with less than 25 employees.  The Pottsville / Schuylkill Technology Center serves a major entrepreneurial resource.  Agriculture and agricultural processors also have a significant presence in Schuylkill County.  In recent years, the Schuylkill Highridge Project with its 36 mile frontage on I-81, has been an economic driver in Schuylkill County as many easily recognizable businesses such as Lowe’s, Wegman’s, Wal-Mart and many others   have made investments in this Park.  In addition, there are developed industrial /business parks throughout Schuylkill County.

Post secondary education is available from several colleges in Schuylkill County including Penn State (Schuylkill Haven Campus) and Alvernia College (Schuylkill County Campus).


Major Employers*

  • Wal-Mart Associates Inc
  • SAPA Extrusions LLC
  • Lowes Home Centers LLC
  • Jeld-Wen Inc
  • Schuylkill Medical Center – South Jackson Street

*Excludes federal, state and local governments, as well as school districts

  • Civilian Labor Force: 68,200
  • Land Area: 782 sq. miles
  • Median Household Income: $45,020
  • Metro Areas: Pottsville
  • Per Capita Income: $23,249
  • Population: 144,590
  • Total Employment: 64,000
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
  • *Source U.S. Census