Dallas, Pennsylvania

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Dallas, Pennsylvania
Typical street in Dallas
Typical street in Dallas
"The Pride of the Back Mountain" [1]
Location of Dallas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Dallas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Dallas is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Dallas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Dallas is located in the United States
Dallas (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°20′0″N 75°58′0″W / 41.33333°N 75.96667°W / 41.33333; -75.96667Coordinates: 41°20′0″N 75°58′0″W / 41.33333°N 75.96667°W / 41.33333; -75.96667
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total2.41 sq mi (6.25 km2)
 • Land2.32 sq mi (6.01 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
1,243 ft (379 m)
 • Total2,804
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,190.17/sq mi (459.46/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-18048
WebsiteDallas Borough, Pennsylvania

Dallas is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,804 at the 2010 census.[4] The local government describes the borough as the "Pride" of the Back Mountain (a 118 square mile region in northern Luzerne County). The area includes the townships of Dallas, Franklin, Jackson, Kingston, Lake, and Lehman. The region also includes the boroughs of Dallas and Harveys Lake. Dallas is in the vicinity of Misericordia University and Dallas State Correctional Institution (which holds 2,150 inmates).


Dallas was first settled in 1797. It was later incorporated as a borough on April 21, 1879, from land entirely within Dallas Township.[5] The township had been formed in 1817[5] and was named for Alexander J. Dallas, who was the 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury and the father of George M. Dallas, the vice president of James Polk.


Dallas is located at 41°20′0″N 75°58′0″W / 41.33333°N 75.96667°W / 41.33333; -75.96667.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 3.78%, is water.

Most of Dallas is urbanized; however, there are pockets of forests scattered throughout the borough. PA 309 and PA 415 travel through the northern and eastern sections of Dallas. The Huntsville Reservoir makes up the community’s southwestern border. Dallas Township borders the borough from the north, east, and south. Lehman Township borders the community from the west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20182,770[3]−1.2%

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,557 people, 1,031 households, and 715 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,116.9 people per square mile (431.1/km2). There were 1,094 housing units at an average density of 477.8 per square mile (184.5/km2).

The racial makeup of the borough was 97.97% White, 0.47% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 1,031 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $48,696, and the median income for a family was $57,344. Males had a median income of $41,500 versus $25,571 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,466. About 3.5% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Dallas Borough, Pennsylvania". Dallas Borough, Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Dallas borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Bradsby, Henry C., History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 1893
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ Michael P. Buffer (September 9, 2018). "Congressional candidate Meuser changes voting residence to property in 9th district". The Citizens' Voice.