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Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
—  City  —
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°11′58″N 75°59′57″W / 41.19944°N 75.99917°W / 41.19944; -75.99917Coordinates: 41°11′58″N 75°59′57″W / 41.19944°N 75.99917°W / 41.19944; -75.99917
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Settled 1800
Incorporated (borough) 1874
Incorporated (city) 1926
 - Type City Council
 - Mayor John Bushko
 - Total 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 - Land 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 696 ft (212 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,955
 Density 3,124.0/sq mi (1,206.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 18634
Area code(s) 570

Nanticoke is a city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,955 at the 2000 census.



Samuel H. Kress opened his first store, which grew into the national S. H. Kress & Co. chain, in Nanticoke.

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 an 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

Kosciuszko Street in Nanticoke is famous for being the only road in the United States to have located on it institutions covering all educational levels.[1][citation needed] The Nanticoke Elementary/Middle/High Schools and the Luzerne County Community College are all located on Kosciuszko Street.

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.


Current Officers in the city of Nanticoke

  • Mayor: Joseph Dougherty
  • City Council
    • Joseph Dougherty
    • Brent Makarczyk
    • James Litchkofski
    • Jon Metta
  • City Administrator: Kenneth P. Johnson
  • City Treasurer: Albert Wytoshek
  • City Controller: Kevin Coughlin
  • City Solicitor: William T. Finnegan, Jr
  • City Clerk: Kenneth P. Johnson
  • Fiscal Manager: Holly M. Quinn
  • Police Chief: James Cheshinski
  • Fire Chief: Michael Bohan
  • Building Inspector/Code Enforcement: Joseph Kordek
  • Zoning Officer: Andrew Kratz

Updated: July 31, 2008


Nanticoke is located at 41°11′58″N 75°59′57″W / 41.19944°N 75.99917°W / 41.19944; -75.99917 (41.199514, -75.999119)[2].

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) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.05%) is water.


At its height in the 1930s the city of Nanticoke was home to over 27,000 people. As of the census[3] 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/sq mi (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.

Ancestries: Polish (49.7%), German (13.0%), Irish (10.8%), Italian (8.4%), Welsh (6.4%), Slovak (5.3%).

Population trends

1900 12,116
1910 18,877
1920 22,614
1940 24,387

Notable natives and residents

  • Art Thomas, Billy Speary's Trainer and trained The New York Golden Gloves Team
  • Jerry Orbach,stage and screen star. Tony winning actor and a former cast member of Law & Order.


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