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Overview

Introduction to West Pittston, Pennsylvania

West Pittston, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 8 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 94 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

West Pittston History

Fort Jenkins, which served as the Wyoming Valley's defense point in colonial times, was situated in present-day West Pittston. The town was officially founded in 1778. Through a major part of the 19th century, the area was home to people employed in the anthracite coal industry. Following the collapse of this industry in the mid-1900s, West Pittston's economy fared better than most other similar communities. It was home to several noteworthy businesses like the Renaissance Entertainment Technologies, Pride Mobility, and Keystone Automotive. In the past, the town was also known for its production of cut glass, knit and silk goods, mine screens, and crackers. West Pittston was incorporated in 1857.

West Pittston and Nearby Attractions

  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Ross Park Zoo
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Frances Slocum State Park

Things To Do In West Pittston

The Steamtown National Historic Site features exhibits that depict the history of main line steam railroading, while Scranton Iron Furnaces includes industrial remains of stone blast furnaces that were built in the mid-1800s by the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. Everhart Museum, and Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum are some of the museums near West Pittston. The town also offers easy access to the Frances Slocum State Park, and Gouldsboro State Park which offer recreational opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and picnicking. In addition, the community hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which features skit shows, a Miss Cherry Blossom contest, food vendors, and live musical entertainment.

West Pittston Transportation

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is nearby.

West Pittston Higher Education

Colleges close to West Pittston are Luzerne County Community College, King's College, Misericordia University, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

People

Total Population 4,814
Male Share of the Population 52.4%
Female Share of the Population 47.6%
Senior Citizens 22.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,241
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,856
% Above Poverty Level 87.2%
% Below Poverty Level 12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $731
Median House Value $126,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 30.5%

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

West Pittston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Luzerne
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18643
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.327
Longitude -75.793

West Pittston 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 3.1 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 33.2 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 34.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Pittston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Exeter Township (18643)

Harding (18643)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dupont 2,711 $54,892
Exeter 5,625 $54,673
Hughestown 1,566 $66,875

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

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