Nuangola, Pennsylvania

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Nuangola, Pennsylvania
Nuangola Municipal Building
Nuangola Municipal Building
Location of Nuangola in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Nuangola in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Nuangola is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Nuangola in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Nuangola is located in the United States
Nuangola (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°09′26″N 75°58′37″W / 41.15722°N 75.97694°W / 41.15722; -75.97694Coordinates: 41°09′26″N 75°58′37″W / 41.15722°N 75.97694°W / 41.15722; -75.97694
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)
 • Land1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
 • Total679
 • Estimate 
 • Density641.63/sq mi (247.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-55752

Nuangola is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The population was 679 as of the 2010 census.[3] The borough is built around a heart-shaped lake called Nuangola Lake.


Lake Nuangola

Origin of name[edit]

The name Nuangola probably derives from an Algonquian language, which was spoken by the indigenous Native Americans of the area (most likely the Delaware, the region's largest tribe, although some Nanticoke and Shawnee also lived there at the time). According to legend, a Native American maiden named Nuangola is believed to have drowned in the lake. Another story states that Nuangola is the Native American word for "Three-Cornered Lake" or "Triangular Lake," the latter of which was another name for the area prior to it being officially named Nuangola. It has also been proposed that Nuangola means "people of the north."[4]


Nuangola was incorporated as a borough in 1908. Two years later, in 1910, the population of the new town was just over one hundred people. In the following decades, the population grew. Today, over six hundred people reside in Nuangola.

Grove Theatre[edit]

Nuangola is home of the Grove Theatre. From the 1930s through the 1950s, it was a popular summer stock playhouse. Kirk Douglas, Joseph Cotten, Jean Kerr, and many others had early roles there. After having been closed for decades, the theatre was reopened in 2006 as a Non-Equity stock theatre. Since then, the theatre has produced the following productions: Godspell, On Golden Pond, Plaza Suite, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Ring of Fire, A Christmas Carol, and many others.

East side of Lake Nuangola
Lake Nuangola
Grove Theatre at Lake Nuangola


Lake Nuangola

Nuangola is located at 41°09′26″N 75°58′37″W / 41.157132°N 75.977081°W / 41.157132; -75.977081.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 13.04%, is water.[6] The town is situated around Nuangola Lake. It is part of the Crestwood School District. Nuangola borders Hanover Township (to the northeast), Newport Township (to the northwest), Rice Township (to the east and south), Dorrance Township (to the south), and Slocum Township (to the west).


Interstate 81 is the only major highway within proximity to Nuangola. The interstate is east of the borough. It links Nuangola to the county seat of Wilkes-Barre (in the north) and the city of Hazleton (in the south).

Public safety[edit]

  • Police services are provided by the Rice Township Police Department (PD 72).
  • Fire protection services are provided by the Nuangola Volunteer Fire Department (Station 164).
  • Emergency medical services are provided by the Mountain Top Community Ambulance Association (Medic 37 and Ambulance 532), which is located in Fairview Township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017675[2]−0.6%

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 671 people, 259 households, and 193 families residing in the borough. The population density was 594.7 people per square mile (229.3/km2). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 327.9 per square mile (126.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.70% White and 0.30% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 259 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 108.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $41,964, and the median income for a family was $45,833. Males had a median income of $33,000 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,851. About 7.9% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Nuangola borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Origins of town names of Northeast PA".
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Nuangola borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.