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Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Lackawanna County Courthouse 008
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of USA PA
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded August 13, 1878
Seat Scranton
Largest city Scranton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

465 sq mi (1,204 km²)
459 sq mi (1,189 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 1.27%
 - (2010)
 - Density

467/sq mi (180.3/km²)

Lackawanna County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It lies at the northern edge of the Coal Region, northwest of the Poconos. It was created on August 13, 1878, from part of Luzerne County and is Pennsylvania's most recently established county. It is named for the Lackawanna River. The county has a population of 214,437 as of 2010 and its county seat is Scranton.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 465 square miles (1,204.3 km2), of which 459 square miles (1,188.8 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2) (1.27%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 89,269
1890 142,088 59.2%
1900 193,831 36.4%
1910 259,570 33.9%
1920 286,311 10.3%
1930 310,397 8.4%
1940 301,243 −2.9%
1950 257,396 −14.6%
1960 234,531 −8.9%
1970 234,107 −0.2%
1980 227,908 −2.6%
1990 219,039 −3.9%
2000 213,295 −2.6%
2010 214,437 0.5%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 213,295 people, 86,218 households, and 55,783 families residing in the county. The population density was 465 people per square mile (180/km²). There were 95,362 housing units at an average density of 208 per square mile (80/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.65% White, 1.31% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.5% were of Italian, 21.2% Irish, 15.4% Polish and 10.2% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 86,218 households out of which 27.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.30% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.40 males.


Map of Lackawanna County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Lackawanna County:




Census-designated placesEdit

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

George Washington statue in Scranton, PA IMG 1536

Statue of George Washington (dedicated July 4, 1893) at Lackawanna County Courthouse

Scenery in Lackawanna County, PA IMG 1595

Scenery in Lackawanna County



As of November 2010, there are 146,383 registered voters in Lackawanna County.[4]

  • Democratic: 96,471 (65.9%)
  • Republican: 38,297 (26.2%)
  • Other parties and independents: 11,615 (7.9%)

The Democratic Party has been historically dominant in county-level politics. On the state and national levels, Lackawanna County leans toward the Democratic Party. In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won 60% of the vote and Republican George W. Bush won 36%.[5] In 2004, Democrat John Kerry received 56% of the vote and Bush received 42%.[6] In 2006, Democrats Governor Ed Rendell and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. won 70% and 73% of the vote in Lackawanna County, respectively.[7] In 2008, three of four Democrats running statewide carried the county, with Barack Obama receiving 63% of the county vote to 37% for John McCain.[8]

County commissionersEdit

  • Michael Washo, Chairman, Democrat
  • Corey D. O'Brien, Vice-chairman, Democrat
  • Bruce Smallacombe, Republican

Other county officesEdit

  • Clerk of Judicial Records, Mary Rinaldi, Democrat
  • Controller, Ken McDowell, Democrat
  • Coroner, Timothy Rowland, Democrat
  • District Attorney, Andy Jarbola III, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds, Evie Rafalko-McNulty, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Linda Munley, Democrat
  • Sheriff, John Szymanski, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Edward Karpovich, Democrat

State RepresentativesEdit

State SenatorEdit

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

United States SenatorEdit


Colleges and universitiesEdit

Map of Lackawanna County Pennsylvania School Districts

Map of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public School DistrictsEdit

Charter schoolsEdit

  • Fell Charter Elementary School - public charter school offering Kindergarten through 8th grade, on Rt 171 in Simpson, PA. [1] Report Card 2010 [2]

Diocesan SchoolsEdit

The county is also served by the Diocese of Scranton. The Diocese of Scranton operates four regional systems of diocesan schools. The Holy Cross School System serves Lackawanna County, and is currently composed of seven elementary centers and one secondary center. The Holy Cross System is the second-largest of the four systems, and Holy Cross High School is the only diocesan high school operating a capacity. The Holy Cross System is the result of diocesan-wide consolidations made in 2007 in response to decades of declining enrollment. As recently as 2000, Lackawanna County was home to four high schools and nearly fifteen elementary schools. While the current configuration of sites and schools educates a fraction of the students once enrolled in Catholic schools in Lackawanna County, vast improvements have been made to the curriculum, and millions of dollars of capital gains have been invested in the buildings and technologies of the schools. As part of the ongoing effort to stabilize enrollment and offer a sustainable school system which is "spiritually sound and academically excellent," the Holy Cross System is embarking on a more aggressive advertising campaign to promote Catholic education and establish stronger and more diverse programs at the elementary level. Additionally, Sacred Heart Elementary in Carbondale and Marian Catholic Elementary in Scranton will close next year and be incorporated into LaSalle Academy and All Saint's Academy, respectively. This will cut the costs of sustaining two faculties and buildings which currently operate at less than fifty-percent capacity collectively, and bolster the enrollments of the hubs of elementary education.

  • Holy Cross High School, Dunmore
  • Sacred Heart Elementary, Carbondale
  • Our Lady of Peace Elementary, Clarks Summit
  • St. Mary of Mount Carmel Elementary, Dunmore
  • LaSalle Academy, Dickson City and Jessup
  • All Saints Academy, Scranton
  • St. Clare/St. Paul Elementary, Scranton
  • Marian Catholic Elementary, Scranton

Private SchoolsEdit

As reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics of the US Department of Education.[9]

  • Abington Christian School, Clarks Green, Pk-6th
  • Bais Yaakov of Scranton, GR 9-12
  • DePaul School, Scranton, GR 1-8
  • Friendship House, Scranton, Special Education - Kindergarten
  • Geneva School, Olyphant, GR PreK-8
  • Howard Gardner School for Discovery, Scranton, GR PreK-8
  • Lourdesmont School, Clarks Summit, GR 7-12
  • Milton Eisner Yeshiva High School, Scranton, GR 9-12
  • Revival Baptist Christian School, Scranton, GR K-11
  • Scranton Hebrew Day School, Scranton, GR K-8
  • Summit Christian Academy, South Abington Township, PreK-12
  • Triboro Christian Academy provides K-12th grades. It participates in the state's PSSA annual testing. PreK-12

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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