Moosic, Pennsylvania

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Moosic, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Moosic, Pennsylvania

Moosic, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 5 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 5,575 people lived in Moosic.

Moosic History

The area now known as Moosic, which initially consisted of farmlands, was officially established on December 9th, 1898. In the past, the region has been referred to as "Marathon", and "Springbrook". According to sources, the name "Moosic" was taken from the Algonquian term for "elk mountain". Coal mining was the first industry in this community. The establishment of the Moosic Powder Company led to the development of the powder business in Moosic. This company was later taken over by Dupont Powder Mills which operated its plant in Moosic for almost a century. The Starks Breaker colliery also played a major role in the community's economy. Soon after its construction, other collieries established operations in Moosic which led to a significant increase in the population, and the collieries built company stores, houses, and boarding homes for their employees.

Moosic and Nearby Attractions

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

Things To Do In Moosic

Scranton Iron Furnaces is a place of historic interest near Moosic that houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces which were built in the mid-1800s. Exhibits in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum reflect the history of Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories, while Everhart Museum includes artifacts related to the natural history, art, and paleontology of the region. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Glenmaura National Golf Course. Moosic is also home to the Mercatili Seglia Park which features a gazebo and picnic areas, and includes the New Children's Centennial Park. In addition, activities like biking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Gouldsboro State Park, and Tobyhanna State Park.

Moosic Transportation

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

Moosic Higher Education

Lackawanna College, University of Scranton, Penn State Worthington Scranton, and Johnson College are some of the colleges close to Moosic.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 18% Moosic Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Moosic, Pennsylvania

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 8
Average Household Size 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 6 7
People Above Poverty 6 7
Median Family Income 5 8
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Working at Home 5 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Public Transportation Use 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Housing Recently Built 4 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 6 3
Low Violent Crime 3 2

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Moosic Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Lackawanna
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18507
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.353
Longitude -75.738

Moosic Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.4 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 24.8 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 30.2 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
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Moosic Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,575 100%
Male 2,638 47.3%
Female 2,937 52.7%
Under 18 1,082 19.4%
18+ 4,493 80.6%
65+ 1,262 22.6%
Median Age 44.2
Average Family Size 2.99
White 5,502 98.7%
African-American 16 0.3%
Asian 27 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 14 0.3%
Mixed Race 16 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 30 0.5%

Estimated Moosic Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,738
Growth 163
Growth % 2.9%

Moosic 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 26.6%
Irish 20.8%
Italian 18.8%
German 11.6%
English 3.7%
Slovak 2.4%
Welsh 2.4%
Russian 2%
US/American 1.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.7%
Ukrainian 1.5%
Dutch 1.1%
Scottish 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Swiss 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Moosic 5,575 $47,703
Avoca 2,851 $44,185
Dupont 2,719 $39,250
Duryea 4,634 $41,775
Hughestown 1,541 $50,938
Old Forge 8,798 $46,152
Taylor 6,475 $43,611
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