Ashley, Pennsylvania

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Ashley, Pennsylvania
Borough
The Wells Block including the Post Office in Ashley
The Wells Block including the Post Office in Ashley
Ashley, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Ashley, Pennsylvania
Ashley, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°12′51″N 75°53′58″W / 41.21417°N 75.89944°W / 41.21417; -75.89944Coordinates: 41°12′51″N 75°53′58″W / 41.21417°N 75.89944°W / 41.21417; -75.89944
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Settled 1830
Incorporated (borough) 1870
Government
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Richard Oravic
Area
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation 627 ft (191 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,790
 • Density 3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 18706
Area code(s) 570

Ashley is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, one mile (2 km) from Wilkes Barre. It was a productive coal-mining area at the start of the twentieth century. Population in 1900, 4,046; in 1910, 5,601; and in 1940, 6,371. The population was 2,790 at the 2010 census.

Located in Ashley is the Huber Breaker, the largest of its kind, built to process the anthracite coal from several local collieries.[1]

Geography[edit]

Ashley is located at 41°12′51″N 75°53′58″W / 41.21417°N 75.89944°W / 41.21417; -75.89944 (41.214182, -75.899387).[2]

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

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,799
1890 3,192 14.0%
1900 4,046 26.8%
1910 5,601 38.4%
1920 6,520 16.4%
1930 7,093 8.8%
1940 6,371 −10.2%
1950 5,243 −17.7%
1960 4,258 −18.8%
1970 4,095 −3.8%
1980 3,512 −14.2%
1990 3,291 −6.3%
2000 2,866 −12.9%
2010 2,790 −2.7%
Est. 2012 2,779 −0.4%
Sources:[3][4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,866 people, 1,245 households, and 783 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,105.2 people per square mile (1,202.8/km²). There were 1,386 housing units at an average density of 1,501.7 per square mile (581.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.46% White, 0.38% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 1,245 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,592, and the median income for a family was $37,266. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $20,378 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,676. About 8.8% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Since the census of 2000 there has been a -5.9% population change resulting in a total population of 2,684 consisting of 1,252 males and 1,432 females as of July 2007. The population density is 2,908 people per square mile. The current racial makeup is primarily white, non-Hispanic with a 98.2%. The median resident age is 40.1 years. The estimated median household income is $37,869.[6]

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