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Overview

Introduction to Taylor, Pennsylvania

Taylor, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 2 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is considered part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area. Taylor has a population of 6,475.

Taylor History

This area was originally settled in 1790, and was known as "Taylorville". According to some records, the community was named in honor of the railroad promoter, Moses Taylor. In the 18th and 19th century, the economy was dependent on silk manufacturing and coal mining. Over the years, the community came to be known as "Taylor". It was officially incorporated as a borough in 1893.

Taylor and Nearby Attractions

  • Everhart Museum
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Frances Slocum State Park
  • Ross Park Zoo

Things To Do In Taylor

Steamtown National Historic Site, a place of historic interest near Taylor, showcases the history of main line steam railroading from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Exhibits on art, natural history, and paleontology are housed in the Everhart Museum, while the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum features artifacts depicting the history of Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories. Another popular attraction near Taylor is the Scranton Iron Furnaces which includes the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. The 5,440-acre Tobyhanna State Park offers opportunities for the enjoyment of boating, hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and picnicking. Among other popular destinations in the region are Gouldsboro State Park, Ross Park Zoo, and Carousel Water & Fun Park.

Taylor Transportation

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

Taylor Higher Education

Colleges close to Taylor include the Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, University of Scranton, and Penn State Worthington Scranton.

People

Total Population 6,230
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 2,716
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 49.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $27,513
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,939
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,610

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,575
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $652
Median House Value $107,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 18.7%

Taylor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 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 18517
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.394
Longitude -75.706

Taylor 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 4.5 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 PLEASANT MOUNT 1 W
Distance 26.9 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
Station HAWLEY 1 E
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avoca 2,663 $59,531
Dunmore 13,974 $68,921
Duryea 4,918 $65,388

Taylor Public Libraries

Library
Taylor Community Library
200 UNION ST
Taylor, Pennsylvania
(570) 562-3180
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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