Introduction to Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Hazleton, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 35 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 81 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area.

Hazleton History

The Borough of Hazelton was incorporated by two acts of State Legislature. The first approval came on April 31, 1851 and the second act was authorized on April 22, 1856. The community was named after Hazel Creek which is located nearby. Ariovistus "Ario" Pardee, an engineer from New York who is regarded as the founder of Hazelton, purchased land in the area after anthracite coal deposits were discovered in 1818, because he knew that it would prove lucrative. Hazelton was incorporated as a city on December 4, 1891.

Hazleton and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Eckley Miners' Village
  • Beltzville State Park
  • Crystal Cave
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Knoebels Amusement Park

Things To Do In Hazleton

Museums in the nearby area include Allentown Art Museum, Troxell-Steckel House and Park Museum, and Haines Mill Museum. There are several historically significant sites nearby, such as Eckley Miners' Village, George Taylor House, and John O'Hara House. There are also several parks near Hazleton including Beltzville State Park, Hickory Run State Park, and Lehigh Gorge State Park. A trip may also be planned to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and Knoebels Amusement Park.

Hazleton Transportation

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is located nearby.

Hazleton Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Campus is the local university. The colleges nearest to Hazleton are Luzerne County Community College and Wilkes University.


Total Population 25,087
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,428
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 36.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.2%
Median Earnings25+ $25,317
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,652
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,106


Median Family Income $38,268
% Above Poverty Level 74.9%
% Below Poverty Level 25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $687
Median House Value $84,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 7.4%

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

Hazleton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18201, 18202
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.958
Longitude -75.975

Hazleton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 77 F
Oct Temp 38 to 57 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Distance 16.7 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 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hazle Township (18201, 18202)

Hazle Townshp (18201, 18202)

Pardeesville (18202)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaver Meadows 644 $43,977
Coaldale 2,222 $37,607
Conyngham 1,996 $73,182
Freeland 3,498 $55,156
McAdoo 2,522 $41,833

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

Hazleton Public Libraries

Hazleton Area Public Library
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(570) 454-2961
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Hazleton Hospitals

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(570) 501-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 3,099 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

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