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Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2016: 211,321 (84% urban, 16% rural); it was 213,295 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 34,509
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 22,844
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 58,284
Renter-occupied apartments: 29,873 (it was 27,934 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

30%

Land area: 459 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 461 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Lackawanna County: 95.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (22.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (15.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 23%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (86.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.6%)
  • Asian alone (2.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
Median resident age:  41.7 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years
Males: 101,894  (48.2%)
Females: 109,427  (51.8%)

Lackawanna County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Lackawanna County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $47,475 ($34,438 in 1999)

This county:

$47,475
Pennsylvania:

$56,907

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $598 (lower quartile is $444, upper quartile is $743)
This county:

$598
State:

$732


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $152,000 (it was $91,100 in 2000)
Lackawanna:

$152,000
Pennsylvania:

$174,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $95,600 - $224,000

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $179,361
Here:

$179,361
State:

$238,147

Townhouses or other attached units: $132,615
Here:

$132,615
State:

$174,860

In 2-unit structures: $117,493
Here:

$117,493
State:

$160,838

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $139,302
Here:

$139,302
State:

$215,517

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $101,658
Here:

$101,658
State:

$261,606

Mobile homes: $48,028
Here:

$48,028
State:

$63,841
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,276
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $526

Institutionalized population: 3,605
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 549 buildings, average cost: $146,700
  • 2008: 279 buildings, average cost: $213,000
  • 2009: 305 buildings, average cost: $182,700
  • 2010: 247 buildings, average cost: $191,600
  • 2011: 148 buildings, average cost: $190,800
  • 2012: 158 buildings, average cost: $255,700
  • 2013: 197 buildings, average cost: $232,300
  • 2014: 1869 buildings, average cost: $212,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,589 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,349 (1.6%)

Lackawanna County household income distribution in 2009 Lackawanna County home values distribution Lackawanna County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 14.2%
Lackawanna County:

14.2%
Pennsylvania:

12.9%
(10.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.1% for Black residents, 40.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.4% for American Indian residents, 21.2% for other race residents, 41.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 41.7 years old
(Males: 40.3 years old, Females: 43.7 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45.8 years old, Black residents: 28.4 years old, American Indian residents: 39.0 years old, Asian residents: 32.8 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22.8 years old, Other race residents: 37.0 years old)

Area name: Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lackawanna County is $495 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $594 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $753 a month.

Cities in this county include: Scranton, Dunmore, Carbondale, Old Forge, Blakely, Taylor, Archbald, Dickson City, Moosic, Clarks Summit.

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

2012 air pollution in Lackawanna County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.079 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.026 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.4 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Barnstable County, Massachusetts , Bristol County, Massachusetts , Providence County, Rhode Island , Carroll County, Illinois , DeKalb County, Indiana , Newton County, Indiana , Westchester County, New York , Mercer County, Illinois .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.1%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 12,508
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 10,144 (53.9% naturalized citizens)

Lackawanna County:

4.8%
Whole state:

6.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 4,378
  • 2000 to 2009: 3,925
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,530
  • 1980 to 1989: 935
  • 1970 to 1979: 683
  • Before 1970: 1,564
Note: State values scaled to Lackawanna County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 84.1%

Lackawanna County marital status for males Lackawanna County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 62,686
  • One, attached: 5,948
  • Two: 11,089
  • 3 or 4: 7,171
  • 5 to 9: 4,031
  • 10 to 19: 1,273
  • 20 to 49: 957
  • 50 or more: 3,427
  • Mobile homes: 2,129

Housing units in Lackawanna County with a mortgage: 29,340 (897 second mortgage, 3,985 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 25,140

Here:

53.7% with mortgage
State:

60.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lackawanna County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic96,14058
Mainline Protestant18,72872
Evangelical Protestant11,04758
Other4,71013
Orthodox2,52615
Black Protestant5692
None80,717-
Lackawanna County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 42
Lackawanna County:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 29
This county:

1.39 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 57
Lackawanna County:

2.72 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 195
This county:

9.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lackawanna County:

9.2%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Lackawanna County:

25.3%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.7%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Lackawanna County:

Average size of farms: 114 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $46,820
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $550.06
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.11%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 34.30%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $36,697
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 49.08%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.08%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $65,040
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.70%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.52
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 34.73%
Corn for grain: 930 harvested acres
Vegetables: 903 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 183 acres

Earthquake activity:

Lackawanna County-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 186.2 miles away from Lackawanna County center
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 79.2 miles away from the county 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 232.4 miles away from the county 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 246.9 miles away from the county 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 79.0 miles away from Lackawanna County center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 96.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3356: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3356, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared EM-3340: September 08, 2011, FEMA Id: 3340, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4030: September 12, 2011, FEMA Id: 4030, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: November 16, 2006 to November 17, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1684: February 23, 2007, FEMA Id: 1684, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 10, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1649: June 30, 2006, FEMA Id: 1649, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3235: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 02, 2005 to April 23, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1587: April 14, 2005, FEMA Id: 1587, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Tropical Depression Ivan, Incident Period: September 17, 2004 to October 01, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1557: September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: 1557, Natural disaster type: Tropical Depression
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: July 21, 2003 to September 12, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1485: August 23, 2003, FEMA Id: 1485, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 01, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1093: January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: 1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Lackawanna County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Hurricanes: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • India (15%)
  • Other South Central Asia (9%)
  • Dominican Republic (9%)
  • Mexico (7%)
  • Nepal (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • Italy (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Lackawanna County (%):

  • Italian (17%)
  • Irish (16%)
  • Polish (12%)
  • American (8%)
  • German (7%)
  • English (3%)
  • Slovak (2%)

Lackawanna County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 80,767 (82.6%)
  • Carpooled: 7,746 (7.9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 478 (0.5%)
  • Subway or elevated: 49 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 687 (0.7%)
  • Bicycle: 130 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 4,478 (4.6%)
  • Worked at home: 3,477 (3.6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

  • 2,823 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,402 people in nursing homes
  • 692 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 536 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 321 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 234 people in religious group quarters
  • 225 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 201 people in other group homes
  • 80 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 72 people in halfway houses
  • 71 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 63 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 52 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 45 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 9 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 5 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 3 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 3 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill

People in group quarters in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in 2010:

  • 3,811 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,440 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 803 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 339 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 222 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 148 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 100 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 74 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 35 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 32 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 28 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 15 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 11 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 5 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,808.

3.64% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,015 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.64%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($398 average AGI)
Lackawanna County:

0.05%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

2.01% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($20,487 average AGI)
1.59% relocated from other states ($16,130 average AGI)
Lackawanna County:

1.59%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Luzerne County, PA  0.55% ($35,214 average AGI)
from Wayne County, PA  0.33% ($37,330)
from Wyoming County, PA  0.19% ($41,178)
from Susquehanna County, PA  0.16% ($31,806)
from Monroe County, PA  0.15% ($30,802)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.08% ($42,516)
from Pike County, PA  0.06% ($32,426)


3.79% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,758 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.79%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($237 average AGI)
Lackawanna County:

0.03%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

1.97% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($18,334 average AGI)
1.78% relocated to other states ($18,187 average AGI)
Lackawanna County:

1.78%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Luzerne County, PA  0.62% ($33,801 average AGI)
to Wayne County, PA  0.26% ($35,798)
to Susquehanna County, PA  0.15% ($34,320)
to Wyoming County, PA  0.13% ($40,421)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.12% ($29,598)
to Monroe County, PA  0.09% ($36,351)
to Pike County, PA  0.07% ($27,518)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Lackawanna County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Lackawanna County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lackawanna County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lackawanna County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lackawanna County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 44,871 (36,576 aged, 8,295 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,551 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3,465)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,172)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,327)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,716)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,490)
  • Cardiac arrest, unspecified (1,480)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,298)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,293)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,278)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,185)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.38
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17,931
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 415
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 52,331

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,086
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,272
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 63
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 92

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.3. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 129.6. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 53.6
  • Suffocation - 39.4
  • Poisoning - 25.1
  • Other - 11.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 211,321
  • In family households: 158,198 (28,026 male householders, 22,950 female householders)
    37,568 spouses, 55,611 children (52,480 natural, 878 adopted, 2,253 stepchildren), 2,849 grandchildren, 1,566 brothers or sisters, 3,712 parents, 2,126 other relatives, 3,790 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 45,123 (17,151 male householders (13,698 living alone)), 18,076 female householders (15,233 living alone)), 9,896 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 8,000

Size of family households: 25,199 2-persons, 10,234 3-persons, 9,154 4-persons, 3,535 5-persons, 1,735 6-persons, 1,119 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 28,931 1-person, 4,648 2-persons, 1,008 3-persons, 401 4-persons, 173 5-persons, 66 7-or-more-persons.

26,326 married couples with children.
12,246 single-parent households (2,535 men, 9,711 women).

90.6% of residents of Lackawanna speak English at home.
4.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
3.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (57% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (68% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,801,277,000 ($8,580 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $369,019,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $641,259,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $434,371,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,536,000
Federal grants: $279,144,000
Federal procurement contracts: $369,462,000 ($347,661,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $66,505,000 ($7,193,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,128,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $40,271,000
Federal Government insurance: $180,530,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 11,146
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 15,116
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +698
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -251
Here -1 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lackawanna County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 35.83 millions of gallons per day (6% from ground, 94% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.4

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 576
  • 2010 to 2013: 975
  • 2000 to 2009: 4,414
  • 1990 to 1999: 8,513
  • 1980 to 1989: 7,696
  • 1970 to 1979: 13,236
  • 1960 to 1969: 9,191
  • 1950 to 1959: 9,089
  • 1940 to 1949: 7,862
  • 1939 or earlier: 37,159
Note: State values scaled to Lackawanna population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lackawanna County population
  • 1 room: 110
  • 2 rooms: 88
  • 3 rooms: 294
  • 4 rooms: 2,865
  • 5 rooms: 7,631
  • 6 rooms: 13,294
  • 7 rooms: 10,748
  • 8 rooms: 8,568
  • 9+ rooms: 10,882
  • 1 room: 1,731
  • 2 rooms: 979
  • 3 rooms: 4,540
  • 4 rooms: 8,422
  • 5 rooms: 6,933
  • 6 rooms: 4,723
  • 7 rooms: 2,705
  • 8 rooms: 833
  • 9+ rooms: 857
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lackawanna County population
  • no bedroom: 132
  • 1 bedroom: 1,372
  • 2 bedrooms: 8,614
  • 3 bedrooms: 28,585
  • 4 bedrooms: 12,130
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3,647
  • no bedroom: 2,004
  • 1 bedroom: 7,702
  • 2 bedrooms: 11,305
  • 3 bedrooms: 8,443
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,811
  • 5+ bedrooms: 458
Cars and other vehicles available in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lackawanna County population
  • no vehicle: 1,908
  • 1 vehicle: 17,523
  • 2 vehicles: 24,027
  • 3 vehicles: 7,488
  • 4 vehicles: 2,725
  • 5+ vehicles: 809
  • no vehicle: 6,857
  • 1 vehicle: 16,359
  • 2 vehicles: 6,476
  • 3 vehicles: 1,661
  • 4 vehicles: 193
  • 5+ vehicles: 177

88% of Lackawanna County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 69% lived in Pennsylvania.

Lackawanna County:

87.6%
State average:

87.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 161,225
  • Other state: 36,103
  • Northeast: 25,947
  • Midwest: 3,299
  • South: 4,868
  • West: 1,989

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lackawanna County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (67.6%)
  • Electricity (11.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.3%)
  • Coal or coke (2.2%)
  • Wood (1.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Utility gas (61.4%)
  • Electricity (25.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.9%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Coal or coke (0.4%)
  • No fuel used (0.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 3,674
Here:

18.2%
Pennsylvania:

15.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,127
Here:

23.6%
Pennsylvania:

13.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7,557
Here:

72.7%
Pennsylvania:

37.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Lackawanna County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:

  • Construction - Housing & Community Development: $5,942,000
    General: $4,145,000
  • Current Operations - Welfare - Other: $34,219,000
    General - Other: $22,224,000
    Corrections - Other: $16,290,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $12,309,000
    Parks & Recreation: $8,946,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,482,000
    Libraries: $4,216,000
    Financial Administration: $2,735,000
    Health Services - Other: $1,898,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,888,000
    Regular Highways: $1,562,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,482,000
    Police Protection: $1,396,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $760,000
    Housing & Community Development: $475,000
    Air Transportation: $278,000
    Transit Utilities: $278,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $50,000
    Fire Protection: $2,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $5,099,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $1,390,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,860,000
    Air Transportation: $1,204,000
    Solid Waste Management: $926,000
    Central Staff: $542,000
    Financial Administration: $270,000
    General Public Building: $186,000
    Parks & Recreation: $181,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $40,537,000

Lackawanna County government finances - Revenue in 2004:

  • Charges - All Other: $14,279,000
    Parks & Recreation: $5,394,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,782,000
    Housing & Community Development: $5,256,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $10,761,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $657,000
    Interest Earnings: $508,000
    Rents: $104,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $27,449,000
    Public Welfare: $22,008,000
    Health & Hospitals: $1,016,000
    Highways: $824,000
  • Tax - Property: $41,290,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,272,000
    NEC: $14,000

Lackawanna County government finances - Debt in 2004:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $108,452,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $106,903,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $1,549,000

Lackawanna County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $24,975,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 6,061
  • Number of aged recipients: 575
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 5,486
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,099
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,796
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,166
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,283
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,809
Lackawanna County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lackawanna County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 58 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED549$122,016955$139,8863,830$144,210818$58,72122$628,773376$114,22116$81,688
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED39$124,94959$163,678248$142,59784$24,0240$022$124,6362$29,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED87$130,126160$120,6691,465$137,519337$47,3566$1,590,833128$111,59420$66,700
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN60$124,83388$142,511913$142,83781$76,6423$316,00064$110,4225$94,400
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS16$117,00016$196,938175$144,80012$51,8330$016$160,0002$51,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 55 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED163$151,39398$180,6332$196,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED54$163,53746$170,3482$87,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED30$142,26737$178,2700$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN9$185,77811$166,9091$134,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$237,6673$128,3330$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Lackawanna County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary5,58680.5 years
John5,03173.8 years
Joseph3,96073.4 years
Anna2,55282.3 years
William2,45173.5 years
Helen2,38280.0 years
Margaret1,90779.1 years
Frank1,75875.5 years
Michael1,68972.7 years
James1,56272.2 years
Most common last names in Lackawanna County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones58477.1 years
Smith51075.4 years
Williams50977.0 years
Davis48776.6 years
Miller44178.0 years
Walsh43077.0 years
Thomas42276.7 years
Evans42076.9 years
Kelly28076.8 years
Lewis25378.1 years
Businesses in Lackawanna County, PA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T4Kroger13
Abercrombie & Fitch1La-Z-Boy3
Ace Hardware3Lane Bryant1
Advance Auto Parts5Lane Furniture5
Aeropostale3LensCrafters1
American Eagle Outfitters4Little Caesars Pizza1
Ann Taylor1Long John Silver's2
Applebee's1Lowe's1
Arby's1Macy's1
AutoZone3Marriott3
BMW1Marshalls1
Bath & Body Works3MasterBrand Cabinets19
Best Western1Mazda1
Blockbuster4McDonald's11
Burger King9Men's Wearhouse1
CVS9Microtel1
Carson Pirie Scott1Motherhood Maternity2
Casual Male XL1New Balance1
Catherines1New York & Co1
Charlotte Russe1Nike18
Chick-Fil-A1Nissan1
Chico's1Old Country Buffet1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Old Navy1
Cinnabon 1Olive Garden1
Circle K1Pac Sun1
Clarion1Panera Bread2
Cold Stone Creamery1Payless4
Coldwater Creek1Penske3
Comfort Inn2PetSmart1
Comfort Suites1Pier 1 Imports1
Curves3Pizza Hut3
Dairy Queen1Quiznos2
Days Inn2RadioShack4
Deb1Ramada1
Decora Cabinetry6Raymour & Flanigan1
Dennys1Red Lobster1
Domino's Pizza5Red Robin1
DressBarn1Rite Aid15
Dressbarn1Rodeway Inn1
Dunkin Donuts13Ruby Tuesday2
Econo Lodge2Rue211
Eddie Bauer1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Express2SAS Shoes2
Famous Footwear2Sam's Club1
Fashion Bug1Sears2
FedEx21Sephora1
Finish Line1Sleep Inn1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Spencer Gifts1
Foot Locker2Sprint Nextel5
GNC8Staples1
GameStop5Starbucks5
Gap2Subaru1
Giant2Subway18
Goodwill5T-Mobile8
Gymboree1T.G.I. Driday's1
H&R Block7T.J.Maxx1
Haworth1Taco Bell1
Hilton3Talbots2
Holiday Inn2Target1
Hollister Co.1The Limited1
Home Depot1The Room Place1
Honda1Toys"R"Us2
Hot Topic1True Value3
Hyundai1U-Haul15
J. Jill1UPS26
JCPenney1Vans3
JoS. A. Bank1Verizon Wireless5
Johnny Rockets1Victoria's Secret3
Jones New York4Volkswagen1
Journeys3Waffle House2
Justice2Walgreens2
KFC2Walmart2
Kmart2Wendy's5
Knights Inn1Wet Seal1
Kohl's1YMCA2

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  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"