Kingston, Pennsylvania

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Kingston, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Kingston, Pennsylvania

Kingston, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 15 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 97 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town is located in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area and has a population of 13,855.

Kingston History

The area was settled in 1769 and was incorporated as a borough in 1858. The Forty Fort, which is near Kingston, was significant in the Revolution and Yankee-Pennamite War. The Wyoming Massacre occurred here in 1778. Kingston is located in Luzerne County which was founded in 1786 from a portion of the Northumberland County.

Kingston and Nearby Attractions

  • Frances Slocum State Park
  • Everhart Museum
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • French Azilum Historic Site
  • Stroud Mansion
  • Knoebels Amusement Park

Things To Do In Kingston

Some of the parks near Kingston are Frances Slocum State Park, Hickory Run State Park, and Ricketts Glen State Park. Activities like camping, boating, swimming, and fishing may be enjoyed at these parks. Museums like Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Steamtown National Historic Site, and Everhart Museum may also be visited. There are several places of historical significance located nearby such as Stroud Mansion, John O'Hara House, and Eckley Miners' Village.

Kingston Transportation

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

Kingston Higher Education

Colleges near Kingston include Misericordia University, Luzerne County Community College, Wilkes University, and King's College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 12% Kingston Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 16% Kingston College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 19% Kingston Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Kingston, Pennsylvania

Comparing Kingston 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 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Well-Paid Single Men 6 8
Racial Diversity 2 6
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 2
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 5 7
People Above Poverty 5 4
People in Middle Class or Better 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Public Transportation Use 7 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Affordability of Rents 7 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Housing Recently Built 1 6

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Kingston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Luzerne
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18704
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.261
Longitude -75.897

Kingston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.9 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 35.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Distance 35.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 34 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
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Kingston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,855 100%
Male 6,320 45.6%
Female 7,535 54.4%
Under 18 2,731 19.7%
18+ 11,124 80.3%
65+ 3,386 24.4%
Median Age 43
Average Family Size 2.94
White 13,417 96.8%
African-American 106 0.8%
Asian 212 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 40 0.3%
Mixed Race 69 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 111 0.8%

Estimated Kingston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,176
Growth -679
Growth % -4.9%

Kingston 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
Polish 17.6%
Irish 17.4%
German 10.5%
Italian 10.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
English 7%
US/American 4.5%
Welsh 4%
Slovak 3.8%
Russian 3.4%
Lithuanian 2.7%
Scottish 1.3%
Dutch 1%
Austrian 0.9%
Hungarian 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.8%
European 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Pennsylvania German 0.6%
Lebanese 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wilkes Barre (18704)

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)
Kingston 13,855 $45,578
Courtdale 791 $44,500
Edwardsville 4,984 $26,908
Forty Fort 4,579 $50,667
Larksville 4,694 $41,211
Luzerne 2,952 $37,730
Pringle 991 $43,750

Kingston Public Libraries

Hoyt Library
Kingston, Pennsylvania
(570) 287-2013

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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