New Columbus, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2013: 228 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +6.0%
 
Males: 106  (46.7%)
Females: 122  (53.3%)
Median resident age:  41.2 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years

Zip codes: 17878.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $31,169 (it was $38,594 in 2000)
New Columbus:

$31,169
PA:

$52,007

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23,694 (it was $15,981 in 2000)

New Columbus borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $140,298 (it was $78,300 in 2000)
New Columbus:

$140,298
PA:

$164,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $225,838; Detached houses: $253,723; Mobile homes: $50,870

Median gross rent in 2013: $977.

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  • Races in New Columbus, PA (2010)

    New Columbus races chart
    • 22599.1%White alone
    • 20.9%Hispanic

Races in New Columbus detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in New Columbus: 98.3 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (25.4%), Polish (16.7%), Czech (9.2%), Irish (7.9%), English (6.7%), Dutch (5.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 04/11/1859

Land area: 3.16 square miles.

Population density: 72 people per square mile   (very low).

New Columbus,PA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in New Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 80.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.3%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 42.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in New Columbus borough:

  • Never married: 23.5%
  • Now married: 64.9%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 6.6%
  • Divorced: 3.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,448 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,952 (1.6%)

New Columbus satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Scranton, PA (36.2 miles , pop. 76,415).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (100.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Stillwater, PA (2.1 miles) , Benton borough, PA (2.3 miles ), Foundryville, PA (2.6 miles ), Shickshinny borough, PA (2.7 miles ), Rohrsburg, PA (2.7 miles) , Mocanaqua, PA (2.8 miles ), Berwick borough, PA (2.8 miles ), East Berwick, PA (2.8 miles ).

Latitude: 41.17 N, Longitude: 76.29 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 570

New Columbus household income distribution New Columbus home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.1%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -13 (-5.7%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (24%)
  • Manufacturing (22%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (22%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Utilities (7%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Retail trade (36%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Business and financial operations occupations (24%)
  • Production occupations (20%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (34%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (13%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (11%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in New Columbus: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in New Columbus, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

New Columbus-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 25% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/29/1976, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 26.0 miles away from the New Columbus borough center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/31/1985, a category F3 tornado 28.5 miles away from the borough center killed 6 people and injured 60 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

New Columbus-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 59.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 216.5 miles away from New Columbus center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 214.6 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 263.9 miles away from New Columbus center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 254.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Luzerne County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
New Columbus topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near New Columbus:

  • BERWICK HOSPITAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 8 miles away; BERWICK, PA)
  • BERWICK RETIREMENT VILLAGE NRS (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; BERWICK, PA)
  • BERWICK HOME HEALTH HOSPICE CA (Hospital, about 9 miles away; BERWICK, PA)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE BERWICK (Dialysis Facility, about 9 miles away; BERWICK, PA)
  • ORANGEVILLE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; ORANGEVILLE, PA)
  • BERWICK HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; BLOOMSBURG, PA)
  • BALANCED CARE, BLOOMSBURG (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; BLOOMSBURG, PA)

Operable nuclear power plants near New Columbus:

  • 9 miles: Susquehanna 1 and 2 in Berwick, PA.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to New Columbus:

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 14 miles; Bloomsburg, PA; Full-time enrollment: 9,452)
  • Luzerne County Community College (about 16 miles; Nanticoke, PA; FT enrollment: 4,724)
  • Misericordia University (about 21 miles; Dallas, PA; FT enrollment: 2,554)
  • Wilkes University (about 22 miles; Wilkes-Barre, PA; FT enrollment: 3,912)
  • King's College (about 22 miles; Wilkes-Barre, PA; FT enrollment: 2,392)
  • McCann School of Business & Technology (about 35 miles; Pottsville, PA; FT enrollment: 3,412)
  • Bucknell University (about 35 miles; Lewisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 3,418)

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Luzerne County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 62.9. This is about average.

City:

62.9
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2008 was 0.331. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.331
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 11.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.2
U.S.:

6.6

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.769. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 23.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.769
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 23.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 15.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 15.0. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 21.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.0
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 13.0. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 23.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.0
U.S.:

9.1
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.8%
(16.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This borough:  2.5 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  70.3%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  5.5%
Whole state:  6.6%

No gay or lesbian households reported

New Columbus compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

New Columbus travel time to work - commute New Columbus mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (53%)
  • Utility gas (10%)
  • Electricity (10%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9%)
  • Coal or coke (8%)
  • Wood (5%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for New Columbus borough (based on Luzerne County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic138,00075
Mainline Protestant31,734142
Evangelical Protestant12,502108
Other5,13417
Orthodox1,66712
Black Protestant1181
None131,763-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 65
Luzerne County:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 34
Luzerne County:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 96
Luzerne County:

3.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 294
Here:

9.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Luzerne County:

27.4%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.6%
State:

11.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$1,535
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$203
Totals for Government 0$0 8$1,738

New Columbus government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $13,000 ($57.02)
    Housing & Community Development: $5,000 ($21.93)
    Central Staff Services: $5,000 ($21.93)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($17.54)
    Fire Protection: $1,000 ($4.39)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($4.39)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $8,000 ($35.09)

New Columbus government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($4.39)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,000 ($52.63)
    Housing & Community Development: $5,000 ($21.93)
    All Other: $1,000 ($4.39)
  • Tax - Individual Income: $11,000 ($48.25)
    Property: $4,000 ($17.54)

New Columbus government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $53,000 ($232.46)

3.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,470 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.48%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($458 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

0.06%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lackawanna County, PA  0.41% ($33,801 average AGI)
from Columbia County, PA  0.17% ($35,230)
from Schuylkill County, PA  0.17% ($28,378)


3.51% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,092 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.51%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($325 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lackawanna County, PA  0.36% ($35,214 average AGI)
to Columbia County, PA  0.16% ($28,552)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.14% ($28,678)

Strongest AM radio stations in New Columbus:

  • WFBS (1280 AM; 1 kW; BERWICK, PA; Owner: FBS WIRELESS CORPORATION)
  • WILK (980 AM; 5 kW; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WRKK (1200 AM; 10 kW; HUGHESVILLE, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WARM (590 AM; 5 kW; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOGY (1300 AM; 5 kW; WEST HAZLETON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WITK (1550 AM; 10 kW; PITTSTON, PA; Owner: ROBERT C. CORDARO, INC.)
  • WKOK (1070 AM; 10 kW; SUNBURY, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in New Columbus:

  • WKAB (103.5 FM; BERWICK, PA; Owner: 4M BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGGI (95.9 FM; BENTON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WBSX (97.9 FM; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMGS (92.9 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFYY (106.5 FM; BLOOMSBURG, PA; Owner: RADIO FRIENDZ, INC.)
  • WVIA-FM (89.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATIONAL TV ASSN.)
  • W299AF (107.7 FM; CATAWISSA, PA; Owner: SALT & LIGHT MEDIA MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WBHT (97.1 FM; MOUNTAIN TOP, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCLH (90.7 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: WILKES COLLEGE)
  • WQFM (92.1 FM; NANTICOKE, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • W219CG (91.7 FM; WILKER-BARRE, PA; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WKRZ (98.5 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WPGM-FM (96.7 FM; DANVILLE, PA; Owner: MONTROSE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCWQ (93.7 FM; DALLAS, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCWY (107.7 FM; TUNKHANNOCK, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WEZX (106.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WRVH (107.9 FM; WILLIAMSPORT, PA; Owner: SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT SABRECOM, INC.)
  • WGGY (101.3 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WZXR (99.3 FM; SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA; Owner: SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT SABRECOM, INC.)
  • WAMT (103.1 FM; FREELAND, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around New Columbus:

  • WNEP-TV (Channel 16; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WBRE-TV (Channel 28; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, L.L.C.)
  • WYOU (Channel 22; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: MISSION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WVIA-TV (Channel 44; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NE PA ED TV ASSOCIATION)
  • WOLF-TV (Channel 56; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: WOLF LICENSE CORP.)
  • W68CE (Channel 68; SHICKSHINNY, PA; Owner: TRIPLE J COMMUNITY BROADCASTING., L.L.C.)
  • W07BV (Channel 7; WILKES-BARRE, ETC., PA; Owner: CATHOLIC BROADCASTING OF SCRANTON, INC.)
  • W47AO (Channel 47; BERWICK, PA; Owner: TRIPLE J COMMUNITY BROADCASTING., L.L.C.)
  • W19CI (Channel 19; BERWICK, PA; Owner: CATHOLIC BROADCASTING OF SCRANTON, INC.)
  • W67DE (Channel 67; NEWPORT, PA; Owner: TRIPLE J COMMUNITY BROADCASTING., L.L.C.)

New Columbus fatal accident list:

Apr 30, 2011 02:15 AM, Sr-4011, Lat: 41.17428, Lon: -76.29373, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 5m16ftTotal length
  • 1,166Total average daily traffic
  • 70Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,484Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Edward G Roach, Rte. 54 & Rte. 209 (Lat: 40.868028 Lon: -75.827861), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 75.6 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PARKWAY NW
  • Edward G Roach, Rte. 54 & Rte. 209 (Lat: 40.868028 Lon: -75.827861), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 75.6 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PARKWAY NW
  • Edward G Roach, Rte. 54 & Rte. 209 (Lat: 40.868028 Lon: -75.827861), Type: 78.6, Overall height: 75.6 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PKWY., NW
  • Edward G Roach, Rte. 54 & Rte. 209 (Lat: 40.868028 Lon: -75.827861), Type: 78.6, Structure height: 42025 m, Overall height: 75.6 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PKWY NW

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$82,0102$128,3351$21,070
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$89,3600$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$110,1100$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 2159.00

HMDA - Conventional Home Purchase Loans

HMDA - Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

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