Laflin, Pennsylvania

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Laflin, Pennsylvania
Borough
Municipal Building
Municipal Building
Location of Laflin in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Laflin in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Laflin is located in Pennsylvania
Laflin
Laflin
Location of Laflin in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Laflin is located in the US
Laflin
Laflin
Laflin (the US)
Coordinates: 41°17′25″N 75°47′34″W / 41.29028°N 75.79278°W / 41.29028; -75.79278Coordinates: 41°17′25″N 75°47′34″W / 41.29028°N 75.79278°W / 41.29028; -75.79278
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyLuzerne
RegionGreater Pittston
Incorporated1889
Government
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorMaureen Zavislak
Area
 • Total1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Land1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 • Total1,487
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
1,466
 • Density1,085.93/sq mi (419.38/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
18702
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-40848
WebsiteLaflin Boro

Laflin is a borough in the Greater Pittston area of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,487 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

Laflin was incorporated as a borough in 1889. It was likely named for one of the owners of the Laflin & Rand Powder Company.[4] The following year, in 1890, the population of the newly-formed borough was just over two hundred. Coal mining led to a population boom in the region. Laflin witnessed its greatest increase between 1970 and 1980, when the number of residents grew by over 313% (or from 399 people to 1,650 people).

Geography[edit]

A map of I-81 (blue) and PA 315 (red) passing through eastern Laflin and the surrounding communities.

Laflin is located at 41°17′25″N 75°47′34″W / 41.290380°N 75.792900°W / 41.290380; -75.792900.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2), all of it land.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways
I-81
PA 315

Government[edit]

The government consists of a mayor and a five-member borough council.

Mayor
Maureen Zavislak
Borough Council
Glen Gubitose, President
Lisa Natt, Vice-president
Jamie Andrews
Sandra Falcone
Carl Yastremski

Demographics[edit]

St. Maria Goretti Church in Laflin
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890231
190025410.0%
1910528107.9%
1920473−10.4%
1930421−11.0%
1940386−8.3%
1950258−33.2%
1960235−8.9%
197039969.8%
19801,650313.5%
19901,498−9.2%
20001,5020.3%
20101,487−1.0%
Est. 20161,466[2]−1.4%
Sources:[6][7][8]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,502 people, 612 households, and 452 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,111.0 people per square mile (429.6/km2). There were 632 housing units at an average density of 467.5 per square mile (180.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.61% White, 0.13% African American, 3.66% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 612 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% 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 2.90.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.5% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $55,658, and the median income for a family was $69,226. Males had a median income of $50,433 versus $29,375 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,581. About 1.5% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Laflin borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 179.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "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 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.