Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania

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Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania
A view of Harveys Lake from the south
A view of Harveys Lake from the south
Location of Harveys Lake in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Harveys Lake in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Harveys Lake is located in Pennsylvania
Harveys Lake
Harveys Lake
Location of Harveys Lake in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Harveys Lake is located in the United States
Harveys Lake
Harveys Lake
Harveys Lake (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°21′48″N 76°02′38″W / 41.36333°N 76.04389°W / 41.36333; -76.04389Coordinates: 41°21′48″N 76°02′38″W / 41.36333°N 76.04389°W / 41.36333; -76.04389
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total6.17 sq mi (15.99 km2)
 • Land5.17 sq mi (13.39 km2)
 • Water1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Total2,791
 • Estimate 
 • Density538.40/sq mi (207.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-33000

Harveys Lake is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Back Mountain, a 118 square mile region in northern Luzerne County. The borough is named after the lake, its principal feature, which in turn was named after Benjamin Harvey, who discovered it in 1781. Harvey was a member of the Sons of Liberty, an eminent colonial-era group that fought against Great Britain's Stamp Act of 1765. As of the 2010 census, the population of the borough of Harveys Lake was 2,791.[4]


Old postcard of Harveys Lake

Harveys Lake was not officially incorporated as a borough until 1968. Prior to that, the area was an unincorporated part of Lake Township.

Historically, the first resident in the vicinity of the lake was Matthew Scouten, who arrived in the early 1790s, but the first settlers were the Worthingtons, who arrived in 1806.

Harveys Lake became a major resort destination in the early 20th century, attracting tourists from all over the Northeast. Hotels, cottages, boathouses, a casino, and even an amusement park were constructed around the lake. The grand Hotel Oneonta was especially prominent in the early 1900s; former United States President Theodore Roosevelt was a guest in August 1912.[5]

From 1952 to 1956, Pennsylvania State Senator T. Newell Wood hosted the Brynfan Tyddyn Road Race around his estate in Harveys Lake.[6] Brynfan Tyddyn is Welsh for "large farm on a hilltop" and the race consisted of 10 laps around a 3.5 mile course around the estate.[7] The race was discontinued in 1957 after a fatal accident and officials determined the course was too dangerous and difficult for participants and spectators to reach.[8]


Harveys Lake is located at 41°21′48″N 76°2′38″W / 41.36333°N 76.04389°W / 41.36333; -76.04389 (41.363335, -76.043989).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.0 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), or 16.45%, is water.[10] The lake has a maximum depth of 104 feet (32 m). Pennsylvania Route 415, which encircles the lake, is a major highway in the borough. Most of the homes and businesses are located within proximity to the lake. Forested mountains are located on the outskirts of town.

Pennsylvania Route 415 encircling Harveys Lake
Map of Harveys Lake
Boats on Harveys Lake


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20182,769[3]−0.8%

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 2,888 people, 1,185 households, and 791 families residing in the borough. The population density was 540.1 people per square mile (208.4/km2). There were 1,735 housing units at an average density of 324.5/sq mi (125.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.10% White, 0.14% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 1,185 households, out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% 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 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,656, and the median income for a family was $51,319. Males had a median income of $31,059 versus $25,528 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,795. About 3.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ "History of Harveys Lake". Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  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): Harveys Lake borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Harrison Wick (2009), Pennsylvania's Back Mountain, Arcadia Publishing, pp. 116–119, ISBN 9780738562780
  6. ^ "Bryfan Tyddyn Home Team Advantage". www.thechicane.com. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  7. ^ Petrillo, F. Charles. "Harvey's Lake History". www.harveyslake.org. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  8. ^ Skrapits, Elizabeth. "Remembering the glory days of car races at Harveys Lake". www.citizensvoice.com. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Harveys Lake borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  12. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "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 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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