Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Tunkhannock
Borough
Tunkhannock.png
Downtown Tunkhannock, looking east along Tioga Street (U.S. Route 6 Business).
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyWyoming
Elevation692 ft (210.9 m)
Coordinates41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W / 41.54083°N 75.94778°W / 41.54083; -75.94778
Area0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - land0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population1,836 (2010)
Density2,040 / sq mi (787.6 / km2)
Founded1841
MayorNorm Ball
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code18657
Area code570 Exchange:836
Location of Tunkhannock in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: www.tunkhannock.com
 
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Coordinates: 41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W / 41.54083°N 75.94778°W / 41.54083; -75.94778
Borough of Tunkhannock
Borough
Tunkhannock.png
Downtown Tunkhannock, looking east along Tioga Street (U.S. Route 6 Business).
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyWyoming
Elevation692 ft (210.9 m)
Coordinates41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W / 41.54083°N 75.94778°W / 41.54083; -75.94778
Area0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - land0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population1,836 (2010)
Density2,040 / sq mi (787.6 / km2)
Founded1841
MayorNorm Ball
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code18657
Area code570 Exchange:836
Location of Tunkhannock in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: www.tunkhannock.com
A Keystone Marker for Tunkhannock Creek in Tunkhannock.

Tunkhannock is a borough in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Wilkes-Barre. In the past, lumbering was carried on extensively. Today, many residents are employed by the Procter & Gamble plant in nearby Washington Township. As of the 2010 census, the borough population was 1,836. It is the county seat of Wyoming County[1].

The name Tunkhannock comes from the Minsi-Len'api term Ptuk'hanna'unk, which means "Bend-in-river-place," especially to the town's west, upstream at the radical bend called "The Neck."[2] Modern Tunkhannock, Lackawanna County, The Tunkhannock Historic District, bounded by Tioga, Pine, and Harrison Sts and Wyoming Ave, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August, 2005.[3]

Tunkhannock is home to the Wyoming County Historical Society and Genealogical Library. The library offers a major source of research material to the public. The collection includes numerous books on New England ancestry, newspapers dating back to 1797 and census records for Wyoming and surrounding counties from 1790 to 1930. Also on file are records for over 90 area cemeteries as well as various other information about local history.

Tunkhannock is also the home of the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Robert Helmacy.[4]

General information[edit]

Geography[edit]

Tunkhannock is located at 41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W / 41.54083°N 75.94778°W / 41.54083; -75.94778 (41.540836, -75.947703)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square mile (2.3 km²), all of it land.

Transportation[edit]

Skyhaven Airport is a public use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) south of the central business district of Tunkhannock.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
1850561
186063813.7%
187095349.4%
18801,11617.1%
18901,25312.3%
19001,3054.2%
19101,59822.5%
19201,7368.6%
19301,97313.7%
19402,1619.5%
19502,1700.4%
19602,2975.9%
19702,251−2.0%
19802,144−4.8%
19902,2515.0%
20001,911−15.1%
20101,836−3.9%
Est. 20121,806−1.6%
Sources:[7][8][9]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there are 1,836 people, 817 households, and 447 families residing in the borough. The population density is 2,040 people per square mile (787.6/km²). There are 871 housing units at an average density of 967.8 per square mile (378/km²). The racial makeup of the borough is 95.9% White, 0.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 817 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% are married couples living together, 12% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% are non-families. 40.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.15 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the borough the population is spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 57% from 18 to 64, and 20.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43.5 years.

The median income for a household in the borough is $37,071, and the median income for a family is $56,250. Males have a median income of $43,098 versus $31,313 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $23,110. 2.4% of the population and 6.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, none of those under the age of 18 and 8.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Government[edit]

The borough is represented by a council-manager government.

Executive[edit]

MayorNorm BallDemocratic
Borough ManagerDawn WelchRepublican

Council[edit]

Council MemberPartyBorough Ward
Evelyn BaltrusaitisDemocratic2
Marshall DavisRepublican4
Stacy HuberRepublican1
Joseph MyersRepublican3
Robert K. RobinsonRepublican1
Ruby SandsRepublican2
Debra StarkRepublican3
Carl WilliamsDemocratic4

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ Zeisberger, David. Indian Dictionary: English, German, Iroquois—The Onondaga and Algonquin—The Delaware. Harvard University Press, 1887. ISBN 1104253518, p. 22. “The Delaware” that Zeisberger translated was Minsi-Len’api.
  3. ^ http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/listings/20050805.HTM
  4. ^ "Symphony debut concert on April 9," Wyoming County Press Examiner, March 30, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for 76N (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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