Plymouth, Pennsylvania

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Plymouth, Pennsylvania

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, which is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area, has 6,507 residents.

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.

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High Points

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

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Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 18% Plymouth Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Plymouth, Pennsylvania

Comparing Plymouth 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 8
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Age of the Population 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 7
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 5
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 3
People in Middle Class or Better 2 2
Median Family Income 2 3
College Educated Adults 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 8
Affordability of Rents 9 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4
Housing Recently Built 1 4

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Plymouth Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,507 100%
Male 3,013 46.3%
Female 3,494 53.7%
Under 18 1,510 23.2%
18+ 4,997 76.8%
65+ 1,345 20.7%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 3.02
White 6,405 98.4%
African-American 49 0.8%
Asian 7 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.2%
Other 14 0.2%
Mixed Race 22 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 52 0.8%

Estimated Plymouth Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,161
Growth -346
Growth % -5.3%

Plymouth 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 30.8%
Irish 15.8%
German 10.8%
Welsh 7.8%
English 5.6%
Italian 4.2%
Slovak 4.1%
Lithuanian 3.4%
Ukrainian 2.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.7%
US/American 2.5%
Dutch 2.3%
Russian 2%
Pennsylvania German 1.8%
Scottish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Haitian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plymouth 6,507 $36,060
Ashley 2,866 $37,266
Courtdale 791 $44,500
Edwardsville 4,984 $26,908
Kingston 13,855 $45,578
Larksville 4,694 $41,211
Sugar Notch 1,023 $38,906

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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Plymouth coal breaker between 1890 and 1901

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Plymouth coal breaker between 1890 and 1901

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