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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 8,843
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,441
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 42%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $25,109
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,067
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,067

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,867
% Above Poverty Level 75.7%
% Below Poverty Level 24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.5%
Median Gross Rent $593
Median House Value $89,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 29.5%

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PLEASANT MOUNT 1 W
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
Station WILKES BRE SCTN AP AVOCA
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Archbald 7,053 $69,201
Jermyn 2,236 $51,618

Carbondale Public Libraries

Library
Carbondale Public Library
5 NORTH MAIN ST
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
(570) 282-4281
Library Web Site

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Carbondale Hospitals

MARIAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
100 LINCOLN AVENUE
(717) 282-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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CARBONDALE AREA JSHS
570-282-4500
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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