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Overview

Introduction to Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Carbondale, Pennsylvania is 14 miles NE of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 90 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The city, which is in Lackawanna county, is part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metro area.

Carbondale History

The region was developed in the early 1800s by the founders of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, William and Maurice Wurts. It was officially established in 1824, and was named because of the presence of coal. The United States' first underground mine was located in Carbondale. The Delaware and Hudson Railroad was constructed through the region, and a major terminal was situated in the city as well. During the late 19th and early 20th century, Carbondale was known for its coal-mining industry which attracted a number of Eastern European immigrants. However, the industry has since declined which has had a negative impact on Carbondale's economy and population.

Carbondale and Nearby Attractions

  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Ross Park Zoo
  • Carousel Water & Fun Park
  • Archbald Pothole State Park

Things To Do In Carbondale

Scranton Iron Furnaces is a historic site which houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum features exhibits that highlight Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories. Steamtown National Historic Site preserves the history of main line steam railroading. Everhart Museum, another museum in the area, includes artifacts reflecting the natural history, paleontology, and art. Carbondale is also home to the 150-acre Archbald Pothole State Park, which features large pothole that was shaped during the ice age. Carousel Water & Fun Park, Ross Park Zoo, Tioga Scenic Railroad, and Promised Land State Park are among other popular destinations near the city. In addition, in August, the community hosts the annual Pioneer Days festival which features arts and crafts, a large fireworks display, carnival games, local bands, and festival food.

Carbondale Transportation

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Carbondale Higher Education

Colleges near Carbondale are Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Marywood University, and University of Scranton.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,707
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens22.6%
Employed Population 16+3,502
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married42.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,496
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,319
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,134

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,857
% Above Poverty Level76.9%
% Below Poverty Level23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone39.4%
Median Gross Rent$549
Median House Value$87,000

Ancestry

Irish28.5%
Italian25.9%
Polish18.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.5%
English8.7%
Russian4.5%
Welsh2.8%
Slovak2.3%
Scottish1.5%
Lithuanian1.3%
Ukrainian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Danishn0.3%
German0.3%
Slovene0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Carbondale Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lackawanna County
Standard Zip Codes18407
Phone Area Codes570
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.57
Approximate Longitude-75.5

Carbondale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPLEASANT MOUNT 1 W
Distance11.4 miles
Jan Temp10 to 28 F
Apr Temp31 to 52 F
Jul Temp54 to 76 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip48.8 inches
StationHAWLEY 1 E
Distance18.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip41.6 inches
StationWILKES BRE SCTN AP AVOCA
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip37.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Archbald7,036$68,382
Jermyn2,248$51,538
Mayfield1,728$61,607
Vandling753$64,583
Waymart1,316$62,054

Carbondale Public Libraries

Carbondale Public Library
5 NORTH MAIN ST
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
(570) 282-4281

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Carbondale Public Schools

Carbondale Area Jshs
101 Brooklyn Street
ZIP: 18407
(570) 282-4500
High
Total Enrollment 697
Carbondale El Sch
103 Brooklyn St
ZIP: 18407
(570) 282-5656
Primary
Total Enrollment 950
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