Moosic, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Moosic
Settlement
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyLackawanna
Elevation817 ft (249 m)
Coordinates41°21′30″N 75°42′44″W / 41.35833°N 75.71222°W / 41.35833; -75.71222
Area6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 - land6.5 sq mi (17 km2)
 - water0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 1.52%
Population5,719 (2010)
Density879.8 / sq mi (339.7 / km2)
Incorporated1898
MayorJames Segilia[1]
TimezoneEastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
Zip Code18507
Area code570 Exchanges: 451,457
FIPS code42-50880
GNIS feature ID1215324
Location of Moosic in Lackawanna County
Location of Moosic in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://moosicborough.com
 
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Coordinates: 41°21′30″N 75°42′44″W / 41.35833°N 75.71222°W / 41.35833; -75.71222
Borough of Moosic
Settlement
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyLackawanna
Elevation817 ft (249 m)
Coordinates41°21′30″N 75°42′44″W / 41.35833°N 75.71222°W / 41.35833; -75.71222
Area6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 - land6.5 sq mi (17 km2)
 - water0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 1.52%
Population5,719 (2010)
Density879.8 / sq mi (339.7 / km2)
Incorporated1898
MayorJames Segilia[1]
TimezoneEastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
Zip Code18507
Area code570 Exchanges: 451,457
FIPS code42-50880
GNIS feature ID1215324
Location of Moosic in Lackawanna County
Location of Moosic in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://moosicborough.com

Moosic is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, six miles (9 km) south of Scranton and 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Wilkes-Barre on the Lackawanna River.

Moosic is in a former coal-mining region. A few older industries existed at one time, including the manufacturing of canvas gloves and silk products.The population was 5,719 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The name Moosic probably derives from the Unami language of the Lenape people, meaning "elk place."[2][3][4] The Lenape, a Native American people, are the earliest-known inhabitants of Moosic. The borough was incorporated on December 9, 1898.[5] Before incorporation, the villages of Moosic and Greenwood had been a part of Lackawanna Township.[5] From 1886 to 1987, Moosic was the site of Rocky Glen Park, an amusement park. The former grounds are now a Pennsylvania state historical marker.

Geography[edit]

Moosic is located on the East Coast of the United States[6] in the Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania. In terms of physiography, Moosic is part of the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains. Moosic is located at an elevation of 817 feet (249 m) above sea level.[7] The major body of water flowing through the borough is the Lackawanna River, part of the Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed.[8] Moosic has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which 6.5 square miles (17 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.52%) is water. Moosic has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) with four distinct seasons. Summers are humid and warm, with an occasional heatwave. Winters are cold and snowy.

Culture and Contemporary Life[edit]

Recent developments in Moosic have created a restaurant, retail, and entertainment scene. The Shoppes at Montage is an open-air, lifestyle shopping center. Nearby is Cinemark 20 and XD, a multiplex movie theater, along with several restaurants and hotels. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a Triple-A (baseball) team in Moosic.[1]. The RailRiders play at PNC Field. They are a farm team of the New York Yankees.

Other recently constructed sites in the borough include the Lackawanna County Visitors Center, a Boy Scouts center, as well as the Glenmaura complex of upscale houses. Also featured is the exclusive national golf course, Glenmaura National Golf Club, which is recognized as a PGA tournament course and identified by a major U.S. golf magazine as one of the top 100 courses in the nation. In 2005, a plan to build a large upscale shopping center near the theater was announced. The Shoppes at Montage were completed in 2007 consisting of an open, outdoor plaza housing over forty stores and restaurants.

Directly to the north of the borough is the Toyota Pavilion and Montage Mountain Ski Area in Scranton and directly south is the site of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, located in the adjacent borough of Avoca. For summer 2008, a water park was built on Sno Mountain, called the Sno Cove. It was completed in June 2009 and will be laid over with "Sno" for the upcoming ski season. It will be used the whole summer in 2009.

The major daily newspaper in Moosic is The Times-Tribune. The main television studios of WNEP-TV, the local ABC-TV affiliate, are located in Moosic.

Vehicle traffic is the major mode of transport. Walk Score rated Moosic as car-dependent, as "few amenities are within walking distance."[9] Public transportation is provided by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS).[10] Also, baseball fans can take a trolley from the Electric City Trolley Museum at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton to a station next to PNC Field.[11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
19001,227
19103,964223.1%
19204,36410.1%
19304,5574.4%
19404,5680.2%
19503,965−13.2%
19604,2437.0%
19704,6469.5%
19806,06830.6%
19905,339−12.0%
20005,5754.4%
20105,7192.6%
Est. 20125,7350.3%
Sources:[12][13][14]

As of the census[15] of 2010, there were 5,719 people, 2,363 households, and 1,596 families residing in the borough. The population density was 879.8 people per square mile (339.7/km²). There were 2,500 housing units at an average density of 384.6 per square mile (150.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.3% White, 1% African American, 0.1% American Indian, 1.8% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 2,363 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 61.6% from 18 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,987, and the median income for a family was $47,703. Males had a median income of $35,878 versus $22,261 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,178. About 4.3% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Demographic profile2010[15]2000[16]
One race99.4%99.7%
White95.3%98.7%
Asian1.8%0.5%
Black or African American1.0%0.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%0.0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander0.0%0.0%
Some other race1.1%0.3%
Two or more races0.6%0.3%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)3.7%0.5%
White alone92.8%98.4%

Education[edit]

Riverside School District[17] serves residents of Moosic and neighboring Taylor. Moosic has one elementary school, Riverside Elementary East, which serves both Moosic residents and Taylor residents for the 5th and 6th grades. High school students attend Riverside Jr.-Sr. High school for grades 7-12, which is located across the Lackawanna River in Taylor. Riverside is known for its high school football rivalry with neighboring Old Forge.[18] The two schools are "archrivals." They have "arguably the most fierce rivalry in the Lackawanna Football Conference."[19][20] Old Forge leads head-to-head with a record of 32-30-4.

Notable People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Officials". Moosic Borough. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 297. ISBN 0-8061-3576-X. 
  3. ^ Henry Wharton Shoemaker (1919). Extinct Pennsylvania Animals. Altoona Tribune Publishing Company. p. 15. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Horace Hollister (1885). History of the Lackawanna Valley. J. B. Lippincott Company. pp. 278–. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Pennsylvania. Superior Court; Wilson Conrad Kress; Edward Pease Allinson; William Irwin Schaffer, Albert Barnes Weimer, Spencer Gilbert Nauman (1900). Pennsylvania Superior Court Reports. Banks & Bros. pp. 354–. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "NOAA Chart Locater". National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Borough of Moosic". Geographic Names Information System. USGIS. 1990. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed -- 02050107". Surf Your Watershed. US EPA. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "18507 Walk Score". Walk Score. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "COLTS Bus". Scranton, Pennsylvania: County of Lackawanna Transit System. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Trolley Museum Hosts Trolley Runs to SWB Yankees Games". Lackawanna County. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Homepage". Riverside School District. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Myers, Marty (29 September 2012). "Tomasetti runs wild as Old Forge pounds Riverside". Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Fawcett, Joby (9 November 2012). "Riverside-Old Forge rivalry intensifies". Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  20. ^ Fawcett, Joby (28 September 2012). "Old Forge-Riverside rivalry even more intense - if that is possible". Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved 8 March 2013.