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Coal country

Scranton is a city in Lackawanna County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after George and Selden Scranton, who launched the iron industry here.

The latitude of Scranton is 41.408N. The longitude is -75.662W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 755 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 74,320.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$28,805
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Scranton demographic reports
Scranton is on the Lackawanna River.
Loss of the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company in 1902 was followed by emergence of a new coal industry, which then waned.
Immigrants from South Wales flocked to the region to work the anthracite mines.
Public transportation: County of Lackawanna Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 263. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 3.5 per 1,000 people.
Setting for TV series "The Office"
Well-known residents have included:
· Jane Jacobs, writer
Local festivals include:
  • La Festa Italiana - Sept. 1-3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Scranton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Lackawanna State Park
Scranton attractions: Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour
Sports teams: Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Steamtown National Historic Site, Catlin House, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton Iron Furnaces
Colleges and universities: Marywood University, University of Scranton, Lackawanna Junior College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 79

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Scranton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lackawanna County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 18503 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Scranton residents report German ancestry, and 25% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Scranton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Scranton was $16,174, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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16% of Scranton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Scranton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $356.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $850.


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Libraries in Scranton include Children's Library, Green Ridge Branch, Providence Branch Library, Scranton Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Scranton include Scranton Times & Tribune

TV stations in Scranton include WNEP, WQPX, WSWB, WVIA, WYOU.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVIA-FM.

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Lackawanna County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Scranton political report.

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The average commute time for Scranton workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 17 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Scranton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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