Aerial view of Nanticoke, looking southwest.
|• Type||City Council|
|• Mayor||Rich Wiaterowski|
|• Total||3.6 sq mi (9 km2)|
|• Land||3.5 sq mi (9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||696 ft (212 m)|
|• Density||2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Nanticoke is a city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located within the Wyoming Valley. The population was 10,465 as of the 2010 census. It occupies 3.5 square miles of land. In the late 19th century, Nanticoke was carved out of Hanover Township and Newport Township.
The name Nanticoke was derived from Nantego, the Native American tidewater people who moved here when their Maryland lands were spoiled for hunting by the colonial settlement in 1608.
Nanticoke was incorporated as a village in 1830; Nanticoke was chartered by the Pennsylvania Legislature as a borough on January 31, 1874.
Nanticoke experienced its greatest increase in population between 1917 and 1925 and qualified to become a Third Class City. The citizens voted in the fall of 1924 to form a city government, and elections were held the following year. The new city government consisted of a Mayor and four Councilmen who took office in January 1926, which was the official date of becoming a Third Class City. The first mayor of Nanticoke City was Dan Sakowski.
The Concrete City, built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's coal division in 1911 to house its workers, is located near the Hanover section of Nanticoke. Abandoned since 1924, it was designated a historic site in 1998, and its remains still stand as a tourist attraction. The original road that used to run to the structures has been bulldozed, though it still remains on maps. There is an alternate entrance route that does not appear on maps. It can be found at the end of Bliss & Mosier St's - Hanover section of Nanticoke
Nanticoke city officials voted unanimously to apply to the state for Act 47, or economically distressed city status, which was granted in 2006. Nanticoke faced a projected $700,000 deficit that year, with revenues flat and falling far behind expenses.
At its height in the 1930s the city of Nanticoke was home to over 27,000 people. As of the census of 2000, there were 10,955 people, 4,850 households, and 2,905 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,124.0 people per square mile (1,205.1/km2). There were 5,487 housing units at an average density of 1,564.7 per square mile (603.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.84% White, 0.27% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.
There were 4,850 households, out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,169, and the median income for a family was $35,444. Males had a median income of $30,125 versus $20,265 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,348. About 11.5% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.
Nanticoke is located at (41.199514, -75.999119).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), of which 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 3.05%, is water. Nanticoke is located in the Wyoming Valley (near the Susquehanna River). The elevation is 696 feet (212 m). Both the Lower Broadway Street Bridge and the South Cross Valley Expressway cross over the Susquehanna River and connect Nanticoke with Plymouth Township. The topography of Nanticoke City is hilly.
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
- Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport
- Hazleton Municipal Airport
- Greater Nanticoke Area School District, it serves the city of Nanticoke and the surrounding townships of Plymouth, Newport, and Conyningham. Greater Nanticoke Area School District encompasses approximately 52 square miles (130 km2).
- Luzerne County Community College, a two-year community college
- Mill Memorial Library
- Mayor: Richard Wiaterowski
- City Council
- Council President: William F. Brown
- Council Vice-President: Kevin Coughlin
- Nichole Colatosti
- John Pietrzyk
- Lesley Butczynski
- City Administrator: Donna Wall
- City Solicitor: William T. Finnegan, Jr
- City Clerk: Mary Beth Cheshinski
- Police Chief: William A. Schultz
- Fire Chief: Kevin L. Hazleton
- Building Inspector/Code Enforcement: Joseph Kordek
- Zoning Officer: Andrew Kratz
- Accounting & Finance Director: Jennifer W. Polito
- Nick Adams, actor, (Mister Roberts, Rebel Without a Cause), best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel
- Steve Bilko, 20 years old when he broke into professional baseball on September 22, 1949, with the St. Louis Cardinals
- John S. Fine, 35th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1951 to 1955
- Pete Gray, one of the two men ever to play major league baseball having lost his right arm in a childhood accident. His life is depicted in the 1986 television production A Winner Never Quits. There is a historical marker in the Hanover section of Nanticoke at Front and Center St. denoting the place of his birth.
- Paul E. Kanjorski, former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district (which includes Nanticoke)
- Jerry Orbach, Tony-winning actor and former cast member of Law & Order
- Albert Tannenbaum, member of Murder, Inc., born in Nanticoke
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