Archbald, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 41°29′37″N 75°33′05″W / 41.49361°N 75.55139°W / 41.49361; -75.55139
Borough of Archbald
Settlement
Archbald pothole.JPG
Archbald Pothole State Park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
Elevation 1,102 ft (335.9 m)
Coordinates 41°29′37″N 75°33′05″W / 41.49361°N 75.55139°W / 41.49361; -75.55139
Area 17.09 sq mi (44.3 km2)
 - land 17.08 sq mi (44 km2)
 - water 0.01 sq mi (0 km2), 0.06%
Population 6,984 (2010)
Density 408.9 / sq mi (157.9 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code 18403
Area code 570
Location of Archbald in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: www.archbaldborough.org

Archbald is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named for James Archbald, who was the first mayor of Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Before being renamed in Archbald's honor, the name of the settlement was White Oak Run.[1] The vast majority of the settlers were Irish Catholics, fleeing the potato famine in Ireland.[2] The population was 6,984 at the 2010 census. The village of Eynon is incorporated into Archbald.

Geography[edit]

Archbald is located at 41°29′37″N 75°33′5″W / 41.49361°N 75.55139°W / 41.49361; -75.55139 (41.493481, -75.551478).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 17.09 square miles (44.3 km2), of which 17.08 square miles (44.2 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.06%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,571
1880 3,049 18.6%
1890 4,032 32.2%
1900 5,396 33.8%
1910 7,194 33.3%
1920 8,603 19.6%
1930 9,587 11.4%
1940 8,296 −13.5%
1950 6,304 −24.0%
1960 5,471 −13.2%
1970 6,118 11.8%
1980 6,295 2.9%
1990 6,291 −0.1%
2000 6,220 −1.1%
2010 6,984 12.3%
Est. 2012 7,083 1.4%
Sources:[4][5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 6,984 people, 2,802 households, and 1,948 families residing in the borough. The population density was 408.9 people per square mile (157.9/km²). There were 2,952 housing units at an average density of 172.8 per square mile (67.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.9% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population. There were 2,802 households out of which 29% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% have a female householder with no husband present, 30.5% were non-families. 26% 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 2.49 and the average family size was 3.0.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 60.3% from 18 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,428, and the median income for a family was $52,410. Males had a median income of $36,913 versus $26,343 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,352. About 3.8% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Archbald was the home of Archbald High School until the class of 1969 graduated. It was in the fall of 1969 that the boroughs of Archbald, Blakely, and Jessup combined their public schools forming what became and is present day the Valley View School District.

Recreation[edit]

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-acre (0.61 km2) park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park is named for Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature that formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet (12 m) deep and has an elliptical shape. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward. The largest diameter is 42 feet (13 m) by 24 feet (7.3 m). At the bottom it is 17 feet (5.2 m) by 14 feet (4.3 m). The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet (530 m3), therefore it could hold approximately 140,000 gallons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sunday Times, 14 January 2001, "Scranton Then . . . . . .Scranton Now," Scranton
  2. ^ "Archbald Borough–History". Welcome to Archbald Borough. Computer Collaborative Team from Valley View High School. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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