Wyoming County, Pennsylvania

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Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
Wyoming co pa courthouse.png
The Wyoming County courthouse in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wyoming County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded April 4, 1842
Seat Tunkhannock
Largest borough Tunkhannock
Area
 • Total 405 sq mi (1,049 km2)
 • Land 397 sq mi (1,028 km2)
 • Water 8 sq mi (21 km2), 1.88%
Population
 • (2010) 28,276
 • Density 71/sq mi (27.5/km²)
Congressional district 11th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.wycopa.org

Wyoming County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,276.[1] Its county seat is Tunkhannock.[2] It was created in 1842 from part of Luzerne County.

Wyoming County is included in the Scranton—Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,048 km²), of which 397 square miles (1,029 km²) is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) (1.88%) is water.[3] The county is intersected by the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, and drained by Tunkhannock, Mehoopany, and other large creeks. The land surface is generally hilly or mountainous, Mehoopany, Tunkhannock, Knob, and Bowman's mountains occupying a portion. The soil is fertile. Timber, coal, and iron are very abundant.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Skyhaven Airport is a public use airport located in Wyoming County, one nautical mile (1.85 km) south of the central business district of Tunkhannock.[5]

With the town sited on the lower end of the upper third of the Susquehanna, busily wending its way south to the Chesapeake Bay, the river banks to either side the whole length of the Susquehanna were historically used as a rail transport corridor with competing railroads typically making their way on either side on the important NYC and Philadelphia to Buffalo, New York routes connecting the eastern seaboard to cities such as Chicago on the Great Lakes; towns like Tunkhannock played an important role in the highly competitive stakes for such high profit passenger expresses for steam locomotives had surprisingly short cruising ranges and passenger travel had higher earnings than freight. Today, except for select parts, the river bank rail transport infrastructures remaining are mainly left bank located assets of a single railroad's operations department, even shared roads (operated over by several lines) these days use the single corridor along the east/left river bank connecting the large Sayre Yard on the stateline in Sayre, Pennsylvania further upriver to the transitional Duryea yard. After the collapse of Conrail, trackage on the Northern Susquehanna is operated by Norfolk Southern, with some areas sublet to other road companies. The trackage running through Tunkhannock

Pennsylvania Route 29 ('PA-29', a continuation of US-309 from Philadelphia and Allentown) connects to the New York state line providing north-south road connections by secondary highway, whilst PA-92, and especially U.S. Route 6 (US-6) provide major east-west secondary highway access to the region.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 10,655
1860 12,540 17.7%
1870 14,585 16.3%
1880 15,598 6.9%
1890 15,891 1.9%
1900 17,152 7.9%
1910 15,509 −9.6%
1920 14,101 −9.1%
1930 15,517 10.0%
1940 16,702 7.6%
1950 16,766 0.4%
1960 16,813 0.3%
1970 19,082 13.5%
1980 26,433 38.5%
1990 28,076 6.2%
2000 28,080 0.0%
2010 28,276 0.7%
Est. 2012 28,125 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 28,080 people, 10,762 households, and 7,705 families residing in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 12,713 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.28% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 0.27% Asian, 0.17% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.3% were of German, 12.9% Irish, 11.9% English, 11.6% Polish, 9.6% American and 8.1% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,762 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

Politics[edit]

As of October 2012, there are 17,290 registered voters in Wyoming County. Currently 61.1% of residents are registered to vote.[8]

County commissioners[edit]

  • Judy Kraft Mead, Chairperson, Republican
  • Tom Henry, Vice-chairman, Republican
  • Ron Williams, Democrat

Other county offices[edit]

  • Auditors:
    • Laura Dickson, Democrat
    • William Eggelston, Republican
    • Judy Shupp, Republican
  • District Attorney, Jeff Mitchell, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Karen Bishop, Republican
  • Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds, Dennis Montross, Republican
  • Sheriff, Edward Sherman, Republican
  • Treasurer, Darlene Marshall, Republican

State Representatives[edit]

State Senator[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Wyoming County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Wyoming County:

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Education[edit]

Map of Wyoming County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public School Districts[edit]

Higher Education[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Wyoming. II. A N. E. county of Pennsylvania". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  5. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for 76N (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ http://wcexaminer.com/?p=32012

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°31′N 76°01′W / 41.52°N 76.02°W / 41.52; -76.02