Archbald, Pennsylvania

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Archbald, Pennsylvania

White Oak Run
Archbald Pothole State Park
Archbald Pothole State Park
Location of Archbald in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Archbald in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Archbald is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Archbald in Pennsylvania
Archbald is located in the United States
Archbald (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°30′23″N 75°33′02″W / 41.506383°N 75.550512°W / 41.506383; -75.550512Coordinates: 41°30′23″N 75°33′02″W / 41.506383°N 75.550512°W / 41.506383; -75.550512
CountryUnited States
 • Total17.10 sq mi (44.29 km2)
 • Land17.09 sq mi (44.26 km2)
 • Water0.014 sq mi (0.036 km2)
1,102 ft (336 m)
 • Total6,984
 • Estimate 
 • Density411/sq mi (159/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570 Exchange: 876
FIPS code42-02832

Archbald is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named for James Archbald,[2] the first mayor of Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Before being renamed in Archbald's honor, the name of the settlement was White Oak Run. Most of the original settlers were Irish Catholics, fleeing the potato famine in Ireland.[3] The population was 6,984 at the 2010 census.

The village of Eynon is incorporated into Archbald.


Archbald is located at 41°30′23″N 75°33′02″W / 41.506383°N 75.550512°W / 41.506383; -75.550512.[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 17.10 sqmi (44.29 km²), of which 17.09 smi (44.26 km²) is land and 0.014 sqmi (0.036 km²) (0.06%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20187,019[4]0.5%

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census[7] there were 6,984 people, 2,802 households, and 1,948 families in the borough. The population density was 408.7/sqmi (157.9/km²). There were 2,952 housing units at an average density of 173/sqmi (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.

The borough population contained 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.


Archbald was the home of Archbald High School until the class of 1969 graduated. Given population declines, in the fall of 1969 the boroughs of Archbald, Blakely, and Jessup combined their public school systems to form the Valley View School District.


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.

The Lackawanna River, designated as an American Heritage River in 1997, runs through Archbald Borough. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission classified sections of the river that runs through Archbald as Class A Wild Trout Waters, meaning the river supports and sustains an abundant amount of wild brown trout for anglers to catch.

Notable people[edit]

  • Joe Paparella (1909-1994) - American League umpire born in Eynon.
  • Dick Tracewski (1935- ) - Major League Baseball player and coach born in Eynon.
  • Anthony Esolen ( - ) - American academic, translator, and writer.
  • Marion L. Munley (1905-1983) - PA State Representative 1947 thru 1964, Home Archbald, raised 2 sons born in Archbald, Robert W. and James M.[8]
  • James Martin Munley (1936- ) - Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Lackawanna County (1978–1998), US District Court Judge, Middle District of Pennsylvania (1998– ).[9]
  • James P. Scoblick (1909-1981) - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district (1946–1949).


  1. ^ a b "2017 US Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Hollister, Horace (1885). History of the Lackawanna Valley. Lippincott. p. 491.
  3. ^ "Archbald Borough–History". Welcome to Archbald Borough. Computer Collaborative Team from Valley View High School. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 8 February 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  8. ^ Marion L Munley (State Government - Biography)
  9. ^ James M Munley (US Courts)

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