|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Vincent Dennis|
|• Total||2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)|
|• Land||2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||560 ft (170 m)|
|• Density||2,400/sq mi (920/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The borough of Swoyersville was named for mine owner John Henry Swoyer. Originally called Swoyerville, the town held a special vote in the 1950s to decide whether to add an "s" to the town's name. The measure passed and the town name became Swoyersville.
Swoyersville's economy was formerly based on coal mining, until most of the town's mines ceased production in the 1950s. Work continued at the colliery on Main Street in Swoyersville well into the 1960s. In 1972, the town was severely flooded by the Susquehanna River in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes. There was great concern at the time that many of the flooded abandoned mine tunnels, running underneath Swoyersville, would cave in. However, the cave-ins never occurred.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,157 people, 2,243 households, and 1,484 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,386.4 people per square mile (921.8/km2). There were 2,356 housing units at an average density of 1,090.3 per square mile (421.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.22% White, 0.10% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.
There were 2,243 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% 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 2.88.
In the borough the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $30,434, and the median income for a family was $39,188. Males had a median income of $29,101 versus $26,304 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,449. About 10.4% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
A number of professional athletes grew up in Swoyersville, including:
- Adam Comorosky, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds outfielder
- Harry Dorish, MLB pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox
- Jim Hettes, UFC fighter
- Joe Holup, forward for the NBA's Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons
- Lou Michaels, former kicker for the Baltimore Colts
- Walt Michaels, former head coach of the New York Jets
- John Paluck, former DE with the Washington Redskins
- Packy Rogers, infielder with the Brooklyn Dodgers
- Chuck Sieminski, former DT with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Swoyersville borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.