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Pennsylvania's River Basins

BASIN NAME

BASIN
SIZE
(Sq.Miles)

AREA
IN PA
(Sq.Miles)

PERCENT
OF BASIN
IN PA

PERCENT
OF PA
IN BASIN

POLITICAL
JURISDICTIONS
IN THE BASIN

POPULATION
IN PA

POPULATION
DENSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susquehanna

27,510

20,960

76%

46 ¼%*

New York, PA & Maryland

3,300,000

157/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio

164,000\1

15,614

10%

34 ½%

New York, PA, Ohio, Virginia, W. Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois & N. Carolina

3,451,500

221/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

13,539

6,466

48%

14 ¼%

New York, PA, New Jersey, Delaware & Maryland

4,900,000

758/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potomac

14,670

1,584

11%

3 ½%*

W. Virginia, Virginia, PA, Maryland & District of Columbia

140,000

88/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Lakes

295,000\2

610

--

1 ½%

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario Province, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, PA, Ohio & New York

244,500

401/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elk & Northeast

330

64

19%

--*

PA & Maryland

12,000

188/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunpowder

455

11

2%

--*

PA & Maryland

1,000

91/sq. mi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS:

(NA)

45,309

(NA)

100%

 

12,049,000

266/sq. mi.

NOTE: 
These four basins all drain to the Chesapeake Bay.
Together they make-up nearly one-half of Pennsylvania’s land area.  


\1 Does not include the Tennessee River basin.
\2 Includes both land and water surface area to the outlet of Lake Ontario.



 


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