Sylvania Borough

Geography, Topography, and History

The Borough of Sylvania’s geographical location in the County is in close proximity to the center of the western border. It is entirely bounded by Columbia Township, as the Borough is located in the south central region of the Township. There are two creeks that flow through the Township, which include Morgan Creek and Sugar Creek. The best route to travel through the township is its Sylvania Road or Route 6, which runs east and west through the Borough.

Sylvania Borough was officially created in 1853, from Columbia Township. It was originally called “Columbia Flats”. The current name is derived from “Sylvan” meaning place among trees. It shares much of its earlier historical data with the Township of Columbia.

Local Government and Current Data

The Borough of Sylvania has a governing council that consists of an elected mayor and two elected councilmen. The Borough also has a secretary. The Borough has chosen not to organize a planning commission, comprehensive plan, or zoning ordinances. All subdivisions and land developments taking place in the Borough must seek approval through the Bradford County Office of Planning and Grants.

The Borough of Sylvania has two churches, the Sylvania Presbyterian Church and the Church of Christ. There are a few locations within the borough that are designated for recreational activities. These areas are the Sylvania Borough Community Hall and the Sylvania Baseball Field.

Tax Millage for 2017:




School District:

Troy Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

420177 0001 B

Population Demographics:

Total Population....192
Population Density....322.2
Square Miles....0.6
Population under 18....25.5%
Population over 65....10.5%
High School Graduates....87.6%
Higher Education Graduates....14%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....85
Median Housing Values....$70,500
Median Rent....$405
Per Capita Income....$15,181
Median Family Income....$41,750
Population Below Poverty Level....11.8%

Emergency Services:

Fire Coverage: Troy Volunteer Fire Department
Ambulance Coverage: Western Alliance Ambulance
Police Protection: Pennsylvania State Police

Public Utilities:

Electric Company: Penelec
Gas Company: PPL Gas Utilities
Water Company: N/A
Sewerage Facilities: N/A
Telephone Company: Frontier Communications


Michael Polly


Jean Young, President (570) 297-4612
Roger Hetrick (570) 297-3203
Hal Norton (570) 297-5168
Merle Eiffert (570) 297-2972
Tanya Seymour (570) 297-4597


Gabrielle Fish (570) 297-2263

Mailing address:

2152 Sylvania Road
P.O. Box 175
Sylvania, PA 16945




2nd Monday of the Month @ 7:00 p.m.