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.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,772
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens21%
Employed Population 16+2,500
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.8%
Median Earnings25+$38,750
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,042

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,311
% Above Poverty Level83.8%
% Below Poverty Level16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$757
Median House Value$134,900

Ancestry

Italian26.8%
Irish25.4%
Polish9.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.9%
Welsh7%
Slovak3.8%
German2.8%
English2.7%
Lithuanian2.5%
Russian2.4%
French Except Basque0.9%
Scottish0.7%
Trinidad Tobago0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Arab0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Slovene0.3%
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West Pittston Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyLuzerne County
Standard Zip Codes18643
Phone Area Codes570
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.37
Approximate Longitude-75.84

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)

StationWILKES BRE SCTN AP AVOCA
Distance3.1 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
StationPLEASANT MOUNT 1 W
Distance33.2 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
Distance34.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dupont2,693$64,750
Exeter5,603$76,447
Hughestown1,480$76,607
Pittston7,697$49,038
Wyoming3,022$76,932
Yatesville617$73,750

West Pittston Public Libraries

West Pittston Library
200 EXETER AVE
West Pittston, Pennsylvania
(570) 654-9847

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West Pittston Public Schools

Montgomery Avenue El Sch
100 Montgomery Avenue
ZIP: 18643
(570) 654-1404
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
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