Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Williamsport is a city in, and the county seat of, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States.[7] In 2019, the population was estimated at 28,186. It is the principal city of the Williamsport Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of about 114,000. Williamsport is the larger principal city of the Williamsport-Lock Haven, PA Combined Statistical Area, which includes Lycoming and Clinton Counties.[8]

Williamsport
City
City of Williamsport
Clockwise from top left: Skyline, downtown from 4th Street, The Weightman Block, Franco's Lounge and skyline panorama
Nickname(s): 
Wilpo, Billtown, The Port.
Motto(s): 
The will is in us
Location of Williamsport in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Williamsport
Location in Pennsylvania
Williamsport
Williamsport (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°14′40″N 77°1′7″W
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
CountyLycoming
Settled1769
Incorporated1806 (borough)
 1866 (city)
Government
  MayorDerek Slaughter (D)
  City Council PresidentRandall J. Allison (R)
Area
  Total9.43 sq mi (24.42 km2)
  Land8.73 sq mi (22.62 km2)
  Water0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)
Elevation
[2] (benchmark at center of city)
528 ft (161 m)
Highest elevation
[2] (water tank at northern boundary of city)
980 ft (300 m)
Lowest elevation
[2] (West Branch Susquehanna River)
498 ft (152 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total29,381
  Estimate 
(2019)[3]
28,186
  Density3,227.53/sq mi (1,246.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
17701,17702,17703,17705 [4]
Area code(s)570 and 272
FIPS code42-85312[5]
GNIS feature ID1213655[6]
Websitecityofwilliamsport.org

The city is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Central Pennsylvania. It is 131 miles (211 km) from Philadelphia, 166 miles (267 km) from Pittsburgh and 85 miles (137 km) from Harrisburg. It is known for its sports, arts scene and food. Williamsport was settled by Americans in the late 18th century, and began to prosper due to its lumber industry. By the early 20th century, it reached the height of its prosperity. The population has since declined by about a third from its peak of around 45,000 in 1950.

As county seat, Williamsport has the county courthouse, county prison, sheriff's office headquarters and federal courthouse, all downtown. It is also home to two institutions of higher learning, the Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College.

Williamsport is the birthplace of Little League Baseball. South Williamsport, a town nearby, is the headquarters of Little League Baseball and annually hosts the Little League World Series in late summer. Other points of interest include the Hiawatha riverboat, Millionaires' Row, Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, the Community Arts Center, the Genetti Hotel, the Susquehanna Riverwalk and The Gallery at Penn College.