Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania

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Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania
Street in Sugar Notch
Street in Sugar Notch
Location of Sugar Notch in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Sugar Notch in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Sugar Notch is located in Pennsylvania
Sugar Notch
Sugar Notch
Location of Sugar Notch in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Sugar Notch is located in the US
Sugar Notch
Sugar Notch
Sugar Notch (the US)
Coordinates: 41°11′46″N 75°55′50″W / 41.19611°N 75.93056°W / 41.19611; -75.93056Coordinates: 41°11′46″N 75°55′50″W / 41.19611°N 75.93056°W / 41.19611; -75.93056
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Incorporated 1867
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor William Davis
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Land 1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 989
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 967
 • Density 894.54/sq mi (345.40/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 18706
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-75072

Sugar Notch is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 989 at the 2010 census.[3]


Sugar Notch colliery

Sugar Notch was incorporated as a borough on April 3, 1867; it was named for the sugar maple trees surrounding the community. It was originally part of Hanover Township. The first burgess was Charles Parrish and the first council was composed of David Caird, Henry B. Plumb, Samuel Roberts, Adam Shiedel, and George Cyphers.[4]

In 1869, the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad was constructed near the borough; it was used to transport coal. Sugar Notch was a popular coal mining community in the 1800s and 1900s. The current municipal building was built in 1921.[5]

Following World War II — in 1946 — the Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated within the borough; Eleanor Roosevelt attended the ceremony.[6]


Sugar Notch is located at 41°11′46″N 75°55′50″W / 41.19611°N 75.93056°W / 41.19611; -75.93056 (41.196149, -75.930448).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016967[2]−2.2%

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,023 people, 417 households, and 288 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,002.8 people per square mile (387.2/km2). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 449.9 per square mile (173.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.41% White, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 417 households, out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,125, and the median income for a family was $38,906. Males had a median income of $30,430 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,902. About 8.0% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.