Throop, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 41°26′44″N 75°36′52″W / 41.44556°N 75.61444°W / 41.44556; -75.61444
Borough of Throop
Settlement
Motto: "A Great Place to Live!"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
Elevation 846 ft (257.9 m)
Coordinates 41°26′44″N 75°36′52″W / 41.44556°N 75.61444°W / 41.44556; -75.61444
Area 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 - land 5.0 sq mi (13 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 4,088 (2010)
Density 817.6 / sq mi (315.7 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 18512
Area code 570
Location of Throop in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.throopboro.com/

Throop /ˈtrp/ is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, adjoining Scranton. Formerly, coal mining and silk manufacturing provided employment for the people of Throop, who numbered 2,204 in 1900 and 5,133 in 1910. In 1940, 7,382 people lived in Throop, Pennsylvania. The population was 4,088 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Throop is located at 41°26′44″N 75°36′52″W / 41.44556°N 75.61444°W / 41.44556; -75.61444 (41.445536, -75.614494).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), all of it land. Its border meets neighboring towns, including: Olyphant, Dickson City, Dunmore, and Scranton.

History & Notable Features[edit]

On April 7, 1911, a fire at the Price-Pancoast Colliery killed 72 coal miners in what has been described as "the most appalling mine disaster in the history of the northern anthracite coal fields". "History of Borough of Throop

The borough contains a lead-contaminated parcel of land commonly known as the Marjol Battery site. Now owned by Gould Electronics, the empty land was a former battery processing facility closed in April 1982. Since the late 1980s, the federal United States Environmental Protection Agency and the state DEP have worked to clean up contamination in adjacent areas, but a final remedy for the site itself has remained on hold in recent years, as local officials and citizens fight with the government agencies and Gould over the best solution. In the meantime, the landowner has maintained a policy of basic containment and monitoring.

Throop's most popular summertime event is its annual Cow Flop organized by the Throop Booster Club. It has been a tradition in Throop since the late 1980s. The Flop serves as a fundraiser for the club and usually raises about $10,000 annually to benefit youth baseball and softball programs in the borough. The Flop, formerly held on a Sunday in late June, is now a two day (since 2007) event that features a parade, fireworks, music, food, and other entertainment. The event requires more than 100 volunteers, mostly members of the Booster Club and parents of throop athletes, to produce. The main event of the Cow Flop is the raffle involving 2,000 squares and a cow's pick as to where she will relieve herself. Raffle tickets are $10 and the winner of the annual Flop raffle wins $5,000.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,204
1910 5,133 132.9%
1920 6,672 30.0%
1930 8,027 20.3%
1940 7,382 −8.0%
1950 5,861 −20.6%
1960 4,732 −19.3%
1970 4,307 −9.0%
1980 4,166 −3.3%
1990 4,070 −2.3%
2000 4,010 −1.5%
2010 4,088 1.9%
Est. 2012 4,097 0.2%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 4,088 people, 1,778 households, and 1,122 families residing in the borough. The population density was 817.6 people per square mile (315.7/km²). There were 1,937 housing units at an average density of 387.4 per square mile (151.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96% White, 1.2% African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2% of the population.

There were 1,778 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% 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 2.89.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 63.2% from 18 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,389, and the median income for a family was $38,929. Males had a median income of $30,254 versus $21,275 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,998. About 7.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Throop is part of the Mid Valley School District, which serves students from Throop, Olyphant, and Dickson City. The district's two schools, Mid Valley Secondary Center and Mid Valley Elementary Center, are in Throop.

Government[edit]

Throop's government consists of one elected mayor and seven elected council members. The current mayor is Wayne Williams. The current council members are John Musewicz, Tom Lukasewicz, David Repchick, Neil Furiosi, Anthony Gangemi, Charlene De Pasquale Tomasovitch and Mark Mazak.

Roads[edit]

In the Throop area, Interstate 81 is the main highway. Interstate 84, Interstate 380. and U.S. Route 6 meet I-81 at the Throop Dunmore Interchange in Dunmore near Throop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ http://www.thetimes-tribune.com/articles/2008/06/29/top_local_stories/19813866.txt Retrieved 2009/13/03.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  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.