Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia county, is 49 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 99 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town, which is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area, has an estimated 12,375 residents.

Bloomsburg History

European settlements in the area date back to 1772. James McClure built the first log cabin in the region. Until the mid-1800s, the small community was known as "Bloom Township". It was incorporated as Bloomsburg on the 4th of March, 1870 and for more than a century, it remained the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania. In fact, Bloomsburg is still referred to as "The only TOWN in Pennsylvania".

Bloomsburg and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Joseph Priestley House
  • Knoebels Amusement Park
  • Montour Preserve
  • Ricketts Glen State Park

Things To Do In Bloomsburg

Exhibits in the Museum of Anthracite Mining depict the anthracite coal mining industries' history. Joseph Priestley House, a historic site near Bloomsburg, includes the 1794 mansion of Joseph Priestley, who is known for his discovery of oxygen. The 1,089-acre Locust Lake State Park features amenities for hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping. Crystal Cave, and Knoebels Amusement Park are other attractions in the area. In September, Bloomsburg also hosts the annual Bloomsburg Fair, which is a traditional farm fair and the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania.

Bloomsburg Transportation

Bloomsburg Municipal Airport is located in the town of Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg Higher Education

The town is home to Bloomsburg University. Nearby colleges include Bucknell University, Misericordia University, and Penn State Hazleton.

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High Points

Bloomsburg strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Bloomsburg Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Bloomsburg Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Bloomsburg College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Comparing Bloomsburg to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Racial Diversity 4 8
Senior Citizens 3 1
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 5
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 3 4
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 9 10
Working at Home 6 7
Public Transportation Use 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Affordability of Rents 8 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4
Housing Recently Built 1 5

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Bloomsburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 99 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Columbia
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 17815
P.O. Box Zip Codes 17839
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.003
Longitude -76.455

Bloomsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 38.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 54 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
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Bloomsburg Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,375 100%
Male 5,402 43.7%
Female 6,973 56.3%
Under 18 1,520 12.3%
18+ 10,855 87.7%
65+ 1,357 11%
Median Age 22.4
Average Family Size 2.83
White 11,684 94.4%
African-American 322 2.6%
Asian 137 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 25 0.2%
Other 89 0.7%
Mixed Race 113 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 215 1.7%

Estimated Bloomsburg Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,915
Growth 540
Growth % 4.4%

Bloomsburg Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 29.8%
Irish 15.4%
Italian 9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
Polish 7.6%
US/American 7.3%
English 5.7%
Dutch 2.7%
Pennsylvania German 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Welsh 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Slovak 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
African 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Belgian 0.4%
Jamaican 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bloomsburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mordansville (17815)
Shumans (17815)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bloomsburg 12,375 $39,806
Catawissa 1,589 $37,292
Danville 4,897 $38,778
Millville 991 $44,063
Orangeville 500 $43,542
Riverside 1,861 $55,515
Stillwater 194 $48,750

Bloomsburg Public Libraries

Bloomsburg Public Library
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
(570) 784-0883
Library Web Site
Columbia County Traveling Library Authority
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
(570) 387-8782
Library Web Site

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Bloomsburg Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(570) 387-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Bloomsburg

(As of 2006)
100 Lunger Drive
(570) 389-5750
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Bloomsburg High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

A Vocational School
Serves 690 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

Serves 684 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

Serves 489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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