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Overview

Introduction to Plymouth, Pennsylvania

Plymouth, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 18 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 98 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area.

Plymouth History

This area was originally settled in 1766, following the establishment of the Susquehanna Company. Based on the community charter, the area was claimed by the State of Connecticut, which eventually led to the Pennamite-Yankee War during which settlers from Connecticut and Pennsylvania fought for control over the lands. The Plymouth area had rich deposits of hard coal, and coal shipping started in 1807. The community also manufactured industrial products like miners' squibs, mining drilling machines, silk, lumber, and hosiery. In 1869, 110 miners died in a mine fire in Plymouth.

Plymouth and Nearby Attractions

  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Everhart Museum
  • Frances Slocum State Park
  • Knoebels Amusement Park

Things To Do In Plymouth

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases artifacts related to the mines, factories, and mills of Pennsylvania. Various art, natural history, and paleontology exhibits are housed in the Everhart Museum. Scranton Iron Furnaces, a historic site near Plymouth, features the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. Activities like biking, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, whitewater boating, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and Hickory Run State Park. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and Knoebels Amusement Park are among other popular attractions in the region.

Plymouth Transportation

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

Plymouth Higher Education

King's College, Wilkes University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Luzerne County Community College are located near Plymouth.

People

Total Population 5,895
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 2,707
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 39%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,036
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,107
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,750

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,603
% Above Poverty Level 76.9%
% Below Poverty Level 23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $683
Median House Value $77,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 25.1%

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

Plymouth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 98 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18651
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.24
Longitude -75.945

Plymouth 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 12.7 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 MILLVILLE 2 SW
Distance 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station BELTZVILLE DAM
Distance 34.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashley 2,753 $52,778
Courtdale 695 $56,500
Edwardsville 4,773 $37,067
Kingston 13,074 $65,753
Larksville 4,453 $57,260

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

Plymouth Public Libraries

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Plymouth Public Library
107 WEST MAIN ST
Plymouth, Pennsylvania
(570) 779-4775

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Plymouth High Schools

WYOMING VALLEY WEST SHS
570-779-5361
Serves 1,481 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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Historic Plymouth

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Plymouth coal breaker between 1890 and 1901

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Plymouth coal breaker between 1890 and 1901

Philadelphia (Cramp's Shipyard) between 1892 and 1910

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