Carbondale, Pennsylvania

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Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Carbondale, Pennsylvania is 14 miles NE of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 90 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The city, which is in Lackawanna county, is part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metro area. The population of Carbondale is 9,804.

Carbondale History

The region was developed in the early 1800s by the founders of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, William and Maurice Wurts. It was officially established in 1824, and was named because of the presence of coal. The United States' first underground mine was located in Carbondale. The Delaware and Hudson Railroad was constructed through the region, and a major terminal was situated in the city as well. During the late 19th and early 20th century, Carbondale was known for its coal-mining industry which attracted a number of Eastern European immigrants. However, the industry has since declined which has had a negative impact on Carbondale's economy and population.

Carbondale and Nearby Attractions

  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Ross Park Zoo
  • Carousel Water & Fun Park
  • Archbald Pothole State Park

Things To Do In Carbondale

Scranton Iron Furnaces is a historic site which houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum features exhibits that highlight Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories. Steamtown National Historic Site preserves the history of main line steam railroading. Everhart Museum, another museum in the area, includes artifacts reflecting the natural history, paleontology, and art. Carbondale is also home to the 150-acre Archbald Pothole State Park, which features large pothole that was shaped during the ice age. Carousel Water & Fun Park, Ross Park Zoo, Tioga Scenic Railroad, and Promised Land State Park are among other popular destinations near the city. In addition, in August, the community hosts the annual Pioneer Days festival which features arts and crafts, a large fireworks display, carnival games, local bands, and festival food.

Carbondale Transportation

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Carbondale Higher Education

Colleges near Carbondale are Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Marywood University, and University of Scranton.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Carbondale Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Comparing Carbondale 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Age of the Population 9 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 7
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 5
Portion of People Married 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 3
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
College Educated Adults 3 5
Median Family Income 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 8
Public Transportation Use 6 6
Working at Home 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 9
People Living Alone 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Carbondale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NE of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Lackawanna
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18407
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.573
Longitude -75.502

Carbondale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 52 F
Jul Temp 54 to 76 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Station HAWLEY 1 E
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
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Carbondale Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,804 100%
Male 4,448 45.4%
Female 5,356 54.6%
Under 18 2,265 23.1%
18+ 7,539 76.9%
65+ 2,238 22.8%
Median Age 40.7
Average Family Size 2.99
White 9,662 98.6%
African-American 23 0.2%
Asian 23 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.2%
Other 25 0.3%
Mixed Race 51 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 122 1.2%

Estimated Carbondale Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,348
Growth -456
Growth % -4.7%

Carbondale 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
Italian 27.7%
Irish 24.7%
Polish 13.5%
German 7.3%
English 6.4%
US/American 3.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3%
Russian 2.7%
Welsh 2.1%
Slovak 1.3%
Scottish 1.1%
Lithuanian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Slovene 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Childs (18407)
Greenfield Township (18407)
Simpson (18407)

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)
Carbondale 9,804 $35,351
Archbald 6,220 $52,410
Forest City 1,855 $35,625
Jermyn 2,287 $39,740
Mayfield 1,756 $38,167
Vandling 738 $46,250
Waymart 1,429 $40,417

Carbondale Public Libraries

Carbondale Public Library
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
(570) 282-4281
Library Web Site

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Carbondale Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(717) 282-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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