Introduction to Swoyersville, Pennsylvania

Swoyersville, Pennsylvania is 13 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 96 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Luzerne county. The town is part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metro area. The population of Swoyersville is 5,157.

Swoyersville History

John Henry Swoyer was a mine owner in the area, and the community was initially named "Swoyerville" in his honor. Incorporated in 1888, the community's economy was initially largely dependent on coal mining, but most of the mines stopped production in the mid-20th century. In the 1950's, residents of the town decided to change the spelling of the community's name to "Swoyersville". In 1972, following Hurricane Agnes, Swoyersville was flooded by the Susquehanna River. The town has been home to many professional athletes over the years, including Lou Michaels, Walt Michaels, and Joe Holup.

Swoyersville and Nearby Attractions

  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Knoebels Amusement Park
  • Hickory Run State Park

Things To Do In Swoyersville

The Steamtown National Historic Site houses exhibits that reflect the history of main line steam railroading during the 19th and 20th centuries. Scranton Iron Furnaces features the remains of stone blast furnaces that were built in the mid-1800s by the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases artifacts related to Pennsylvania's factories, mills, and mines, while the Everhart Museum includes natural history, paleontology, and art exhibits. The 15,500-acre Hickory Run State Park offers amenities for fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping. Similar facilities are also available at the Frances Slocum State Park. Knoebels Amusement Park is another popular destination in the region.

Swoyersville Transportation

Air transportation is available from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.

Swoyersville Higher Education

King's College, Misericordia University, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 5,025
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 22.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,565
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.8%
Median Earnings25+ $34,092
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $8,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,386


Median Family Income $63,073
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $908
Median House Value $129,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.8%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 19.6%

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

Swoyersville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles NW 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 41.291
Longitude -75.875

Swoyersville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.9 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
Distance 36.6 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
Distance 37.1 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, Swoyersville, 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 695 $56,500
Forty Fort 4,170 $77,750
Luzerne 2,853 $51,250

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

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