West Wyoming, Pennsylvania

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West Wyoming, Pennsylvania
Borough
Location of West Wyoming in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of West Wyoming in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
West Wyoming is located in Pennsylvania
West Wyoming
West Wyoming
Location of West Wyoming in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
West Wyoming is located in the US
West Wyoming
West Wyoming
West Wyoming (the US)
Coordinates: 41°18′50″N 75°51′06″W / 41.31389°N 75.85167°W / 41.31389; -75.85167Coordinates: 41°18′50″N 75°51′06″W / 41.31389°N 75.85167°W / 41.31389; -75.85167
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Region Greater Pittston
Incorporated 1898
Government
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Joseph T. Herbert
Area[1]
 • Total 3.62 sq mi (9.37 km2)
 • Land 3.62 sq mi (9.37 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,725
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 2,675
 • Density 739.15/sq mi (285.37/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-84272

West Wyoming is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The borough is located within the Greater Pittston metro area. The population was 2,725 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

In 1768, the Susquehanna Company of Connecticut devised a plan to divide the Wyoming Valley into five townships. Each township was to be divided amongst forty settlers. West Wyoming was originally part of Kingston Township. The community’s first forty settlers arrived in February 1769. Benjamin Carpenter and his brother Gilbert developed several mills along the banks of Abrahams Creek around 1800. The first mills included a grist mill and a saw mill.

Borough[edit]

The community eventually broke away from Kingston Township in 1885. The town was originally known as Carpentersville, Shoemaker's Mills, and New Troy. It was officially incorporated as the Borough of West Wyoming in 1898.[4]

Geography[edit]

West Wyoming is part of Greater Pittston; it is located at 41°18′50″N 75°51′6″W / 41.31389°N 75.85167°W / 41.31389; -75.85167 (41.313780, -75.851640).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2), all of it land.

The northern and northeastern section of the borough is mostly made up of thick forests and mountains. Frances Slocum State Park is located nearby. West Eighth Street and Abrahams Creek run through a mountain pass — which links Greater Pittston to the Back Mountain. West Eighth Street intersects with Shoemaker Avenue near the eastern portion of the borough. Most homes and businesses are located in the southern and eastern sections of West Wyoming.

The following communities neighbor West Wyoming: Exeter Township (north), Exeter Borough (northeast, east), Wyoming Borough (southeast), Swoyersville Borough (southwest), and Kingston Township (west, northwest).

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,344
1910 1,621 20.6%
1920 1,938 19.6%
1930 2,769 42.9%
1940 2,992 8.1%
1950 2,863 −4.3%
1960 3,166 10.6%
1970 3,659 15.6%
1980 3,288 −10.1%
1990 3,117 −5.2%
2000 2,833 −9.1%
2010 2,725 −3.8%
Est. 2016 2,675 [2] −1.8%
Sources:[6][7][8]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,833 people, 1,183 households, and 822 families residing in the borough. The population density was 780.2 people per square mile (301.3/km2). There were 1,240 housing units at an average density of 341.5 per square mile (131.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.33% White, 0.18% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 1,183 households, out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% 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 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,275, and the median income for a family was $44,214. Males had a median income of $38,398 versus $25,664 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,603. About 0.2% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 11.6% 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): West Wyoming borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.westwyoming.org/history.html
  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.