Introduction to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia county, is 49 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 99 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area.

Bloomsburg History

European settlements in the area date back to 1772. James McClure built the first log cabin in the region. Until the mid-1800s, the small community was known as "Bloom Township." It was incorporated as Bloomsburg on the 4th of March, 1870 and for more than a century, it remained the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania. In fact, Bloomsburg is still referred to as "The only town in Pennsylvania."

Bloomsburg and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Joseph Priestley House
  • Knoebels Amusement Park
  • Montour Preserve
  • Ricketts Glen State Park

Things To Do In Bloomsburg

Exhibits in the Museum of Anthracite Mining depict the anthracite coal mining industries' history. Joseph Priestley House, a historic site near Bloomsburg, includes the 1794 mansion of Joseph Priestley, who is known for his discovery of oxygen. The 1,089-acre Locust Lake State Park features amenities for hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping. Crystal Cave, and Knoebels Amusement Park are other attractions in the area. In September, Bloomsburg also hosts the annual Bloomsburg Fair, which is a traditional farm fair and the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania.

Bloomsburg Transportation

Bloomsburg Municipal Airport is located in the town of Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg Higher Education

The town is home to Bloomsburg University. Nearby colleges include Bucknell University, Misericordia University, and Penn State Hazleton.


Total Population 14,631
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,613
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 21.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.5%
Median Earnings25+ $28,388
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,231
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,776


Median Family Income $49,620
% Above Poverty Level 65.9%
% Below Poverty Level 34.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $729
Median House Value $130,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 12.6%

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

Bloomsburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 99 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Columbia
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 17815
P.O. Box Zip Codes 17839
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.003
Longitude -76.455

Bloomsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.8 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 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 38.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 54 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mordansville (17815)

Shumans (17815)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Catawissa 1,473 $43,750
Danville 4,686 $44,301

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

Bloomsburg Public Libraries

Bloomsburg Public Library
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
(570) 784-0883
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Columbia County Traveling Library Authority
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
(570) 387-8782
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Bloomsburg Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(570) 387-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bloomsburg High Schools

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A Vocational School
Serves 690 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

Serves 684 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

Serves 489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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