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Coudersport, Pennsylvania
—  Borough  —
The Potter County Courthouse
Coudersport, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°46′26″N 78°01′07″W / 41.77389°N 78.01861°W / 41.77389; -78.01861
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Potter
Settled 1807
Incorporated (borough) 1848
 - Mayor Frederick "Wick" Furman
 - Total 5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,650
 - Density 467.2/sq mi (180.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
Zip code 16915
Area code(s) 814
Website Coudersport Chamber of Commerce

Coudersport is a borough in Potter County, Pennsylvania, 110 miles (180 km) east by south of Erie on the Allegheny River. The populations were these: 1,530 in 1890; 3,217 in 1900; and 3,100 in 1910. The population was 2,650 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Potter County[1].



Coudersport is located at 41°46′26″N 78°1′7″W / 41.77389°N 78.01861°W / 41.77389; -78.01861 (41.773903, -78.018559)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²), all of it land.

Coudersport is essentially a valley and is surrounded by mountains with its only entry ways being from the north and south. One of the most notable mountains is Dutch Hill to the southwest.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,650 people, 1,101 households, and 700 families residing in the borough. The population density was 467.2 people per square mile (180.5/km²). There were 1,189 housing units at an average density of 209.6/sq mi (81.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.02% White, 0.49% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 1,101 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

Gazebo in Town Square behind Potter County Courthouse in Coudersport, PA

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,813, and the median income for a family was $44,053. Males had a median income of $32,288 versus $22,439 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,209. About 6.9% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable facts

Coudersport is home to a Scottish Rite Consistory. With over 5000 members, Coudersport's Consistory is the largest consistory in the Scottish Rite by per capita membership.

Coudersport was the home of "Untouchable" Eliot Ness upon his death (and he actually died in his home in the borough of Coudersport).

Located in the northern portion of Coudersport, is the Coudersport Area Recreation Park (CARP). This sports and recreation park was begun in the 1960s by a group of town leaders, which included Dr. William L. Mitchell, a local veterinarian. It currently has a football field with track & field capabilities, baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, and plenty of picnic areas and hiking trails.

Coudersport is the former headquarters of Adelphia, which went bankrupt after internal corruption earlier in the decade.

The fictional town of Farringdon, depicted in the Judy Bolton detective series by Margaret Sutton, is based on Coudersport where Ms. Sutton grew up and attended school [4]. The school, town hall, and several recognizable residences are described in her books. Judy Bolton Days[1], an annual festival honoring the books of the late Margaret Sutton, is hosted each October by the local Chamber of Commerce.

Coudersport is hometown of indie folk rock group The Slant (band). Referred to by the band as "God's Country", The Slant's musical style is reminiscent of Coudersport's rural nature.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "Obituary: Margaret Sutton, 98; Wrote Mystery Series". New York Times. 2001-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-22.  

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