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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 13,105
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 21.3%
Employed Population 16+ 6,191
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 41%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.6%
Median Earnings25+ $34,888
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,096

Wealth

Median Family Income $63,633
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $128,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 19.3%

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

Notes:

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

Station WILKES BRE SCTN AP AVOCA
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
Station PALMERTON
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
Station BELTZVILLE DAM
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Courtdale 678 $61,250
Edwardsville 4,792 $36,655
Forty Fort 4,184 $80,492
Larksville 4,462 $56,250
Luzerne 2,843 $44,453

Kingston Public Libraries

Library
Hoyt Library
284 WYOMING AVE
Kingston, Pennsylvania
(570) 287-2013

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