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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 5,718
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,747
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,910
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $733
Median House Value $146,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.1%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 26.4%

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

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

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 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
Station FREELAND
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
Station PLEASANT MOUNT 1 W
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avoca 2,659 $64,107
Dupont 2,711 $54,892
Duryea 4,935 $65,586
Hughestown 1,566 $66,875

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

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