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Overview

Introduction to Exeter, Pennsylvania

Exeter, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 10 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 95 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area.

Exeter History

This region was originally inhabited by Native Americans. In 1769, settlers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut began fighting for control of the land, a conflict which came to be known as the Pennamite-Yankee War. The county of Luzerne was formed on September 25, 1786, from parts of Northumberland County. In the early days, coal mining and lumber were the primary industries in the area. The community of Exeter, which was named after the ancient English city of Exeter in Devon, was incorporated as a borough in 1884.

Exeter and Nearby Attractions

  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Scranton Iron Furnaces
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Gouldsboro State Park
  • Carousel Water & Fun Park

Things To Do In Exeter

The industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces can be found at the Scranton Iron Furnaces. Steamtown National Historic Site has artifacts which depict the history of main line steam railroading in the 19th and 20th centuries. Various collections of natural history, paleontology, and art memorabilia are housed in Everhart Museum. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum showcases exhibits related to the mills, factories, and mines of Pennsylvania. Activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, camping, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Gouldsboro State Park, and Hickory Run State Park. Other popular places to visit near Exeter are Carousel Water & Fun Park, and Knoebels Amusement Park.

Exeter Transportation

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

Exeter Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

People

Total Population 5,625
Male Share of the Population 43.8%
Female Share of the Population 56.2%
Senior Citizens 23.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,552
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 45.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $32,238
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,218
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,737

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,673
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $657
Median House Value $124,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 22.2%

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

Exeter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 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 41.32
Longitude -75.819

Exeter 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 4.6 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 34.4 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 35.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Exeter, 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.

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

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