Exeter, Pennsylvania

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Exeter, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Exeter, Pennsylvania

Exeter, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 10 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town, which is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area, has 5,955 residents.

Exeter History

This region was originally inhabited by Native Americans. In 1769, settlers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut began fighting for control of the land, a conflict which came to be known as the Pennamite-Yankee War. The county of Luzerne was formed on September 25, 1786, from parts of Northumberland County. In the early days, coal mining and lumber were the primary industries in the area. The community of Exeter, which was named after the ancient English city of Exeter in Devon, was incorporated as a borough in 1884.

Exeter and Nearby Attractions

  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Gouldsboro State Park
  • Carousel Water & Fun Park

Things To Do In Exeter

The industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces can be found at the Scranton Iron Furnaces. Steamtown National Historic Site has artifacts which depict the history of main line steam railroading in the 19th and 20th centuries. Various collections of natural history, paleontology, and art memorabilia are housed in Everhart Museum. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases exhibits related to the mills, factories, and mines of Pennsylvania. Activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, camping, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Gouldsboro State Park, and Hickory Run State Park. Other popular places to visit near Exeter are Carousel Water & Fun Park, and Knoebels Amusement Park.

Exeter Transportation

Air transportation is available from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.

Exeter Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

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Comparative Profile of Exeter, Pennsylvania

Comparing Exeter 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 9
Senior Citizens 10 8
Age of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 5
Average Household Size 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 4 5
Median Family Income 3 5
College Educated Adults 3 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 8
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 7 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Housing Recently Built 5 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 1 1
Low Violent Crime 1 1

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Exeter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Luzerne
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18643
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.32
Longitude -75.819

Exeter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.6 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 34.4 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 35.7 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
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Exeter Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,955 100%
Male 2,718 45.6%
Female 3,237 54.4%
Under 18 1,252 21%
18+ 4,703 79%
65+ 1,242 20.9%
Median Age 40.9
Average Family Size 2.92
White 5,877 98.7%
African-American 29 0.5%
Asian 8 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 2 0%
Mixed Race 31 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 34 0.6%

Estimated Exeter Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,007
Growth 52
Growth % 0.9%

Exeter 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 25.1%
Polish 19.6%
Irish 12.8%
German 10.5%
Slovak 9.1%
Lithuanian 4.3%
English 3.7%
US/American 3.6%
Welsh 2.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.3%
Dutch 1.9%
Russian 1.7%
Pennsylvania German 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Scottish 0.4%
Slavic 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Exeter Township (18643)
Harding (18643)

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)
Exeter 5,955 $40,050
Pittston 8,104 $33,861
Swoyersville 5,157 $39,188
West Pittston 5,072 $41,729
West Wyoming 2,833 $44,214
Wyoming 3,221 $44,087
Yatesville 649 $57,813
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Serves 1,308 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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