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Welcome to Scranton ...

The city of Scranton is located in Lackawanna County<1> and is the County Seat for Lackawanna County.



Scranton was established in 1778.

When the people of Scranton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Scrantonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Scranton has a population of 76,943 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Scranton is 740 feet [226 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Scranton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Websites for Scranton ...

Official Website:   www.scrantonpa.gov/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.scrantonchamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Scranton had an population of 76,943 people. This is an increase of 1.12% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.69% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Scranton had a population of 76,089 people (or 35.48% of the total population of Lackawanna County). This makes Scranton the county's most populous community.

The population of Scranton represents 0.6% of the total population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 6th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 76,089 people, the population of Scranton has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 76,415 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Scranton.

Communities Also Named Scranton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 18 communities that are also named Scranton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Scranton.

Communities near Scranton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Scranton.

  • Wilkes-Barre
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Kingston
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Carbondale
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
  • Pittston
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Archbald
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Archbald have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Archbald
    • Archbald is located in Lackawanna County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,055 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Archbald <5>
  • Plymouth
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • Exeter
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Exeter have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Exeter
    • Exeter is located in Luzerne County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,519 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Exeter <5>
  • Swoyersville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Duryea
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Duryea have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Duryea
    • Duryea is located in Luzerne County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,910 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Duryea <5>
  • Clarks Summit
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarks Summit have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarks Summit
    • Clarks Summit is located in Lackawanna County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,843 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarks Summit <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Scranton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Scranton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Scranton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Scranton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Scranton. Our list includes 101 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Scranton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Scranton ...

Looking for more information about Scranton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Scranton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Scranton.

Adding Scranton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Scranton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Scranton was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Scranton post office opened in 1851.

We also found Scranton in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Scranton.

The official website for Scranton: www.scrantonpa.gov/

The official website for Lackawanna County: www.lackawannacounty.org/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Lackawanna, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Scranton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Scranton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Scranton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Scranton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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