Introduction to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 6 miles NW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town, which is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area, has an estimated 5,126 residents.

Clarks Summit History

William Clark, a veteran of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Bunker Hill and the first settler to arrive, was granted 800 acres by the Congress. However, becasue of a dispute between Connecticut and Pennsylvania over control of the land, Clark ultimately had to pay for the entire property. He moved into a log cabin with his family in March, 1799. The community, which was named "Clarks Summit" in his honor, was officially incorporated on the 30th of August, 1911. The town has been home to many famous personalities like Lauren Weisberger, author of "The Devil Wears Prada"; Adam Rippon, figure skater; and Amber Jacobs, WNBA basketball player.

Clarks Summit and Nearby Attractions

  • Everhart Museum
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Frances Slocum State Park
  • Leonard Buck Garden
  • Ross Park Zoo
  • Lahey Family Fun Park

Things To Do In Clarks Summit

Scranton Iron Furnaces, which houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces, is a place of historic interest near Clarks Summit. These furnaces were originally built in the mid-19th century. At the Everhart Museum, visitors can view exhibits reflecting the natural history, paleontology, and art of the region. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases artifacts related to the mines, factories, and mills of Pennsylvania. The 5,440-acre Tobyhanna State Park offers amenities for camping, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and picnicking. Among other popular destinations in the region are the Ross Park Zoo, Carousel Water & Fun Park, Leonard Buck Garden, and Knoebels Amusement Park.

Clarks Summit Transportation

The closest major airport is Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.

Clarks Summit Higher Education

Clarks Summit is home to the Baptist Bible College and Seminary. Other colleges nearby include the Lackawanna College, Marywood University, and Johnson College.


Total Population 5,067
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,653
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 60.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $86,949
% Above Poverty Level 98%
% Below Poverty Level 2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $897
Median House Value $177,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.9%
Irish 23.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clarks Summit Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Lackawanna
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18411
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.488
Longitude -75.708

Clarks Summit Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.8 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
Distance 25.8 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
Distance 42.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

South Abington Township (18411)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blakely 6,496 $54,417
Clarks Green 1,450 $95,956
Dalton 1,318 $90,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clarks Summit Public Libraries

Abington Community Library
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
(570) 587-3440
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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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