Taylor, Pennsylvania

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Taylor, Pennsylvania

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 12% Taylor Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Taylor Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Taylor, Pennsylvania

Comparing Taylor 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
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 7
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 3 4
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
Median Family Income 4 6
People Above Poverty 3 3
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Public Transportation Use 2 4
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 7
People Living Alone 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 4
Housing Recently Built 3 9

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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

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

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,475 100%
Male 3,007 46.4%
Female 3,468 53.6%
Under 18 1,388 21.4%
18+ 5,087 78.6%
65+ 1,306 20.2%
Median Age 41.9
Average Family Size 2.97
White 6,367 98.3%
African-American 22 0.3%
Asian 40 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 26 0.4%
Mixed Race 15 0.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 41 0.6%

Estimated Taylor Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,227
Growth -248
Growth % -3.8%

Taylor 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 22%
Italian 21.9%
Irish 15.6%
German 9.4%
Welsh 6.1%
English 4.4%
Russian 3.8%
Ukrainian 3.3%
Slovak 3.2%
Lithuanian 1.6%
US/American 1.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.2%
Norwegian 0.9%
Lebanese 0.8%
Carpatho Rusyn 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Hungarian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Taylor 6,475 $43,611
Avoca 2,851 $44,185
Dunmore 14,018 $43,354
Duryea 4,634 $41,775
Moosic 5,575 $47,703
Old Forge 8,798 $46,152
Scranton 76,415 $39,233

Taylor Public Libraries

Taylor Community Library
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Serves 743 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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