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Sayre, Pennsylvania
—  Borough  —
Sayre Historical Society Museum
Map of Bradford County with Sayre highlighted
Sayre, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Sayre, Pennsylvania
Map of Bradford County with Sayre highlighted
Coordinates: 41°58′44″N 76°30′56″W / 41.97889°N 76.51556°W / 41.97889; -76.51556
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bradford
Settled 1871
Incorporated (borough) 1891
 - Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
Elevation 771 ft (235 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,813
 - Density 2,866.8/sq mi (1,105.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 18840
Area code(s) 570

Sayre is a borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 59 miles (95 km) northwest of Scranton. In the past, various iron products were made there. In 1900, 5,243 people lived there; in 1910, 6,426 people lived there, and in 1940, 7,569 persons made their homes in Sayre. The population was 5,813 at the 2000 census. Sayre is home to the Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Clinic.

Sayre borders and is contiguous with Waverly, New York.



In May 1870, a Waverly banker named Howard Elmer, along with Charles Anthony and James Fritcher, bought the Pine Plains area between Waverly and Athens. Elmer then convinced Asa Packer to locate a new railroad repair facility on the Pine Plains for the expanding Lehigh Valley Railroad, which was making a push north to connect to the New York state railroads. Robert Heysham Sayre, President of the Pennsylvania & New York Railroad, helped cement the deal and had the town named in his honor. Sayre was incorporated on January 27, 1891. The railroad operated from 1870 until 1976 and in 1904 when the locomotive yards were built they were the second largest in the world.


Sayre is situated in a river valley in the Allegheny Plateau on the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chemung River, along with Athens, Pennsylvania, South Waverly, Pennsylvania, and Waverly, New York. Together, these small towns make up the greater area known as the Penn-York Valley, or just the Valley. The New York / Pennsylvania border cuts through the Valley, but any sort of material border between the towns is non-existent, as the grid of streets and avenues blend seamlessly from one town to another.

Sayre is located at 41°59′1″N 76°31′15″W / 41.98361°N 76.52083°W / 41.98361; -76.52083 (41.983567, -76.520845).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²).2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.49% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,813 people, 2,529 households, and 1,514 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,866.8 people per square mile (1,105.6/km²). There were 2,722 housing units at an average density of 1,342.4/sq mi (517.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.92% White, 0.62% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 2,529 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,338, and the median income for a family was $40,571. Males had a median income of $30,685 versus $24,837 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,549. About 7.1% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.



  • The Morning Times (based in Sayre; serves Waverly, Sayre, Athens and surrounding communities)
  • Star Gazette (based in Elmira; serves Tioga, Chemung and Steuben Counties in NY and Bradford County in PA)
  • The Daily Review (based in Towanda; serves Bradford County and surrounding areas)



  • W52CE-TV Channel 52 - Sayre PA, Independent


Sayre has one bus service. This is the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority. The EMTA's Blue Bus makes numerous stops in Waverly, Sayre, and Athens. Sayre and The Valley also has taxi service available through Valley Taxi. Valley Taxi also travels throughout the vicinities of Waverly, Sayre, and Athens.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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