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Located just south of the 41st Parallel, Sunbury in Northumberland County enjoys year-round temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic states, with none of the extreme temperatures found in northern or southern states. Annual snowfall is well under any of the northern tier states. Additionally, the region is not noted for severe weather events, as most hurricanes, for example, either drift out to sea or are significantly diminished in force if they do pass through Northumberland County.

Below is a comparative table of climate factors, derived from “Sterling’s Best Places to Live.”

Climate Northumberland County, PA USA
Rainfall (Inches) 41.4 36.5
Snowfall (inches) 33.8 25
Precipitation Days 121 100
Sunny Days 184 205
Average July High Temp. 84 86.5
Average January Low Temp. 17.7 20.5
Comfort Index (Higher = better) 50 44
UV Index 3.8 4.3
Elevation (Feet) 771 1,443

Higher Education

4-Year Colleges and Universities

Susquehanna University Selinsgrove 4-year,PNP A, B 2,199
Bucknell University Lewisburg PNP B, M 3,625
Bloomsburg University Bloomsburg PUB B, M, PhD 9,737
Lycoming College Williamsport PNP B 1,285
Lock Haven University Lock Haven PUB A, B, M 4,607
Widener University-Commonwealth Law School Harrisburg PNP M, PhD 262
Lebanon Valley College Annville PNP B, M, PhD 1,918
Central Penn College Summersdale PFP A,B 1,385
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey 4-Year, PUB M, PhD, MD 878
Pennsylvania State University State College, Harrisburg, Hazelton 4-Year, PUB A, B, M, PhD, MD 47,307
Harrisburg University of Arts and Sciences Harrisburg 4-Year, PNP B, M 2,099
Messiah College Mechanicsburg 4-Year, PNP B, M 3,202

1 PNP= Private (Not-for-Profit); PFP= Private (For-Profit); Pub=Public

2Associates (A), Bachelor’s (B), Master’s (M), Doctor’s (PhD)

Community Colleges

Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, Lebanon 2-Year PUB A 19,121
Brightwood Career Institute Harrisburg 2-Year PFP A 206
Luzerne County Community College Shamokin, Nanticoke 2-Year, PUB A (Certificates) 5,788

Vocational / Technical / Specialty

Triangle Tech Sunbury 2-yr PNP A 111
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport 4-Year, PUB A,B 1,224
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit/Nursing Lewisburg <2-Year, PUB (Certificates) 86
Empire Beauty School Shamokin Dam, Various locations <2-Year, PFP (Certificates) 32
Schuylkill Technology Center Frackville <2-Year, PUB (Certificates) 50
Joseph McCloskey School of Nursing at Schuylkill Health Pottsville 2-Year, PNP (Certificates) 71
Keystone Technical Institute Harrisburg 2-Year PFP A 318
Evangelical Theological Seminary Myerstown 4-Year PNP M 124
Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School Lebanon <2-Year, PUB (Certificates) 190
Union Crown Academy of Cosmetology Harrisburg <2-Year PFP (Certificates) 27
Hazelton Area Career Center Hazelton <2-Year, PUB (Certificates) 27
Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy Hazelton <2-Year, PFP (Certificates) 92

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

R&D Centers

The Central Pennsylvania region is flush to a number of research and development resources.  Many of these R&D resources are internationally renowned, such as Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centers of Excellence in plastics technology, Pennsylvania State University’s Advanced Materials Research Center. Local resource partners such as the Ben Franklin Partnership, Bucknell Small Business Development Center, and Rural Business Innovations call all assist by connecting your business with the research resources it needs.


Bucknell University SBDC Research Opportunities
Community Relations
Lewisburg University Multiple disciplinary, including engineering, arts & sciences, health & medicine
Ben Franklin Technology Partnerships Ben Franklin Technology Partners Bloomsburg, statewide Public/private One of the nation’s longest-running technology-based economic development programs, BFTP provides technical expertise and access to a network of innovative, expert resources.
Penn State University Innovation Gateway
Knowledge Park
State College, statewide University Multi-disciplinary, including agricultural, advanced materials, chemistry,  medical, plastics and polymers, and natural gas utilization, among a host of others
Penn Tech Plastics Innovation & Resource Center Williamsport Technical College Plastics Resource and Innovation center, including the Rotational Molding and Thermoforming Centers of Excellence. Plastics and polymer
Rural Business Innovations Rural Business Innovation Bloomsburg, regional Non-Profit RBI provides customized, hands-on programs to emerging and established businesses and technologies, drawing on a vast network of industry specialists.

Worker Insurance Data

Workers Compensation
Maximum Weekly Benefit $995.00


Unemployment Insurance
Taxable Base 9,000
Average Rate % 0.03675
Maximum Weekly Benefit $573.00

Source: PA Dept. of Labor & Industry