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City of Scranton
Scranton panorama from PA-307 overlook
Nickname(s): Electric City
Motto: Embracing Our People, Our Traditions, and Our Future
City of Scranton is located in Pennsylvania
City of Scranton
Location in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°24′38″N 75°40′03″W / 41.41056°N 75.6675°W / 41.41056; -75.6675Coordinates: 41°24′38″N 75°40′03″W / 41.41056°N 75.6675°W / 41.41056; -75.6675
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
Incorporated February 14, 1856 (borough)
  April 23, 1866 (city)
 - Mayor Christopher Doherty (D)
 - City 25.44 sq mi (65.89 km2)
 - Land 25.23 sq mi (65.33 km2)
 - Water 0.21 sq mi (0.55 km2)
Population (2007)
 - City 72,485
 Density 2,873.0/sq mi (1,122.3/km2)
 Metro 549,430
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 18447, 18501-18505, 18507-18510, 18512, 18514-18515, 18517-18519, 18522, 18540, 18577

Scranton is a city in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, United States. It is the county seat of Lackawanna County[3] and the largest principal city in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to figures released by the United States Census Bureau in 2000, the city had a total population of 76,415 (2007 estimate: 72,485). Scranton is Pennsylvania's seventh most populous city after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, and Bethlehem.[1]

Scranton is the geographic and cultural center of the Lackawanna River valley. It is the largest city located in a contiguous quilt-work of former anthracite coal mining communities including the smaller cities of Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, and Carbondale. Scranton was incorporated as a borough on February 14, 1856, and as a city on April 23, 1866.




Humble beginnings (1776–1865)

Present-day Scranton and the surrounding area had been inhabited by the native Lenape tribe, from whose language "Lackawanna" (or "le-can-hanna", meaning "stream that forks") is derived. Gradually, settlers from New England came to the area in the late 1700s, establishing mills and other small businesses, and their village became known as Slocum Hollow. Isaac Tripp, known as the first settler, built his home here in 1778, which still stands in the Providence section of the city as a testament to this era.

Industrial foundation established: iron, coal and railroads (1846–1899)

Scranton, Pennsylvania, as depicted on an 1890 panoramic map

Though anthracite coal was being mined in Carbondale to the north and Wilkes-Barre to the south, the industry that precipitated the city's growth was iron and steel. Iron T-rails were first manufactured in America at the Montour Iron Works in Danville, Pennsylvania, on October 8, 1845. Prior to that they were made in England and shipped overseas. In 1840, brothers Selden T. and George W. Scranton founded what would become the Lackawanna Steel Company. The company began producing iron T-rails in 1847 for the Erie Railroad in New York state. Soon after, Scranton became a major producer of these rails. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) was founded in 1851 by the Scrantons to transport iron and coal products from the Lackawanna valley. The Pennsylvania Coal Company built a gravity railroad here for this purpose as well. In 1856, the Borough of Scranton was officially incorporated and named after its industrious founders. The Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal Company, which had its own gravity railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale, built a steam railroad that entered Scranton in 1863.

Scranton was incorporated as a city of 35,000 in 1866 when the surrounding boroughs of Hyde Park (now part of the city's West Side) and Providence (now part of North Scranton) were merged with Scranton. The nation's first successful, continuously-operating electrified streetcar (trolley) system was established in the city in 1886, giving it the nickname "The Electric City". In the late 1890s Scranton was home to a series of early International League baseball teams. By 1890, three other railroads had built lines to tap into the rich supply of coal in and around the city, including the Erie Railroad, the Central Railroad of New Jersey and finally the New York, Ontario and Western Railway (NYO&W). Underneath the city, a network of coal veins was mined by workers who were given jobs by the wealthy coal barons with low pay, long hours and unsafe working conditions. Children as young as 8 or 9 worked 14-hour days separating slate from coal in the breakers.

Growth and prosperity (1900–1945)

By the United States Census of 1900, the population of Scranton was about 102,026[4], making it the 38th largest city in the United States. The turn of the 20th century saw many beautiful homes of Victorian architecture built in the Hill and Green Ridge sections of the city. In 1901, the dwindling local iron ore supply took the Lackawanna Steel Company away to Lackawanna, New York, where iron ore from Minnesota was more readily available by ships on the Great Lakes. The city lost the industry on which it was founded.

Scranton forged ahead as the center of Pennsylvania's anthracite coal industry. During the first half of the 20th century, it became home to many groups of newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe. This patchwork still survives and is represented by the Catholic and Orthodox churches that primarily dot the North Scranton, West Side and South Side neighborhoods of the city. In 1903, an electric interurban railroad known as the Laurel Line was started, and two years later connected to nearby Wilkes-Barre, 20 miles southwest. Working conditions for miners were improved by the efforts of labor leaders like John Mitchell, whose is honored with a statue on the downtown Courthouse Square. By the mid-1930s, the city population had swelled to over 140,000[4] due to the extensive growth of the mining and silk textile industries. World War II created a great demand for energy, which was satisfied by expanded strip mining operations throughout the area.

The end of an era (1946–1984)

After World War II, it became clear that coal was losing favor to other energy sources such as oil and natural gas. In contrast to other cities in the United States that prospered in the post-war "boom", the fortunes and population of Scranton (and the rest of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties) began to diminish. Coal production and rail traffic declined rapidly throughout the 1950s. In 1952, the Laurel Line ceased passenger service. The trolleys of the Scranton Transit Company that gave the city its nickname transferred all operations to buses as the 1954 holiday season approached. In 1955, some eastern and southern parts of the city were destroyed by the floods of Hurricane Diane, and 80 lives were lost in the area. The NYO&W Railroad, which depended heavily on its Scranton branch for freight traffic, was completely abandoned in 1957.

The Knox Mine Disaster of January 1959 all but erased the mining industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The event terminated thousands of jobs as the waters of the Susquehanna River flooded the mines.[5][6] The DL&W Railroad, nearly bankrupt by the drop in coal traffic and the effects of Hurricane Diane, merged with the Erie Railroad in 1960. Scranton had been the hub of its operations until the Erie Lackawanna merger, when it was no longer needed in this capacity; it was another severe blow to the labor market. Mine subsidence was a spreading problem in the city as pillar supports in abandoned mines began to fail; cave-ins sometimes consumed entire blocks of homes. The area was then scarred by abandoned coal mining structures, strip mines and massive culm dumps. During the 1960s and 1970s, the silk and other textile industries shrunk as jobs moved south or overseas.

There were some small bright spots during the era. In 1962, businessman Alex Grass opened his first "Thrif D Discount Center" drugstore on Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton.[7][8] This original 17-foot-wide and 75-foot-deep store proved to be an immediate success which would grow to become the Rite Aid drugstore chain.[7]

During the 1970s and 1980s, many of the downtown storefronts and theaters became vacant as suburban shopping malls became the dominant venues for shopping and entertainment.

Stabilization and restoration (1985–present)

There has been an emphasis on revitalization since the mid-1980s. Local government and much of the community at large have adopted a renewed interest in the city's buildings and history. Aged and empty properties are being redesigned and marketed as tourist attractions. The Steamtown National Historic Site captures the area's once-prominent position in the railroad industry.[9] The former DL&W train station is restored as the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.[10] The Electric City Trolley Museum was created next to the DL&W yards that "Steamtown" occupies. Other attractions responsible for recent popularity and favorable attention to Scranton include the Snö Mountain ski resort (formerly Montage Mountain), the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (formerly the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons), AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, and their PNC Field, and the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain concert venue.


Scranton is located at 41°24′38″N 75°40′3″W / 41.41056°N 75.6675°W / 41.41056; -75.6675 (41.410629, -75.667411)[9]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.4 square miles (65.9 km²). The city has 25.2 square miles (65.3 km²) of land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of water. The total area is 0.83% water. Scranton is drained by the Lackawanna River.

The elevation of "Center City" is approximately 750 feet (229 m) above sea level. Generally, the city is hilly, with its inhabited portions ranging approximately from 650 feet (220 m) to 1400 feet (425 m). The city is flanked by mountains to the east and west whose elevations range from 1900 feet (580 m) to 2100 feet (640 m).


Scranton is broken up into five major sections: West Side, South Side, the Hill Section, North Scranton, and Minooka. Two major subsets are Downtown and Green Ridge, an area two miles from downtown Scranton between the Hill Section and North Scranton. The Hill Section is located in the eastern part of the city. Other sections include: East Mountain, an off shoot of South Scranton,with an all new development being processed off of Mt. Lake Rd.; West Mountain, an off shoot of West Side; Tripps Park, a small area located between West Scranton and North Scranton, with new developments by Hanover Homes, plus a new school replacing John Marshall #41 and Lincoln Jackson schools to be located between the 1700 block of Bulwer St., the 1800/1900 block of Dorothy St.,the 100 block of Emily Ave., and the top of the 1700 block of Hawthorne St. ; the Plot, a strictly residential neighborhood located in the lower Green Ridge area; Bull's Head, a largely Portuguese and Italian neighborhood between North and West Scranton; Pine Brook which is between downtown Scranton and Green Ridge, and Bellevue, a section bridging West Scranton and South Scranton. Green Ridge is known to be the wealthiest of the neighborhoods. It is in Green Ridge and the Hill Section that the mansions built by former coal barons still stand. As with most cities and neighborhoods, boundaries can be ambiguous and are not always uniformly defined.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 9,223
1870 35,092 280.5%
1880 45,850 30.7%
1890 75,215 64.0%
1900 102,026 35.6%
1910 129,867 27.3%
1920 137,783 6.1%
1930 143,333 4.0%
1940 140,404 −2.0%
1950 125,536 −10.6%
1960 110,273 −12.2%
1970 102,696 −6.9%
1980 88,117 −14.2%
1990 81,805 −7.2%
2000 76,415 −6.6%
Est. 2008 72,233 −5.5%
US Census Bureau[4]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 76,415 people, 31,303 households, and 18,124 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,029.2 per square mile (1,169.4/km²). There were 35,336 housing units at an average density of 1,400.8 per square mile (540.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.54% White, 3.02% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race make up 2.62% of the population.

There were 31,303 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. The city had 36.7% of its households with single occupancy and 18.1% whose individual was aged at least 65. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.01.

The population's age is distributed with 20.8% under 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% at least 65. The median age was 39. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females aged at least 18, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,805, and the median income for a family was $41,642. Males had a median income of $30,829 versus $21,858 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,174. Found below the poverty line are 15.0% of the population, 10.7% of families, 18.9% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those at least age 65.

The local dialect of American English is "Northeast Pennsylvania English", at least for the older generations of Scranton residents.

As of the 2006 American Community Survey the average family size is 2.95. Of the population that's 25 years old and over 83.3% of them have graduated from High School. 18.7% of them have a Bachelor's degree or higher. In labor force (population 16 years and over) 57.6% of them work. The per capita income (in 2006 inflation-adjusted dollars) is $17,187.

Public safety

Fire Department

The Bureau of Fire was incorporated as a paid service in 1901. It is a full-time service consisting of approximately 140 firefighters. Headquarters is located on Mulberry Street in Central City. The fire department has a total of eight fire stations in the city's South Side, Central City, the Pinebrook section, West Side, North Scranton, Bull's Head, the Petersburg section, and on East Mountain. The fire department has a total of ten pieces of "frontline" fire apparatus, including seven engines, two trucks, and one rescue.[11]


The Scranton Police Patrol Division is broken down into three shifts. Police headquarters is located on South Washington Avenue in downtown Scranton. Special Units include Arson Investigations, Auto Theft Task Force, Child Abuse Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Juvenile Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Canine Unit, Community Development and Highway Unit.[11]

Emergency medical services

Emergency medical services are provided by two private companies, Community Life Support and Lackawanna Ambulance. The city requires that only Advanced Life Support units respond to emergencies, which include a crew of a Paramedic and an EMT. Ambulances are dispatched by an advanced GPS system which allows the 911 dispatcher to send the closest ambulance to the scene of the emergency.



The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area is the 54th largest television market in the United States.[12] Local television stations include WNEP, an ABC affiliate, WBRE, an NBC affiliate, WYOU, a CBS affiliate, WVIA, a PBS affiliate, WOLF, a FOX affiliate, WSWB, a CW affiliate, WQMY, a My Network TV affiliate, and WQPX, an affiliate of ION Television. Additionally, local government and public access programming is aired on Comcast cable channels 19 and 21.

Scranton is headquarters of Times-Shamrock Communications, which publishes the city's major newspaper, The Times-Tribune, a Pulitzer Prize winning broadsheet daily founded in 1870. Times-Shamrock also publishes Electric City, a weekly entertainment tabloid and The Citizens' Voice, a daily tabloid based in Wilkes-Barre. The Scranton Post is a weekly general interest broadsheet. The Times Leader is a daily paper that primarily covers Wilkes-Barre which also publishes in Scranton and the Weekender is a Wilkes-Barre based entertainment tabloid with distribution in Scranton. There are several other print publications with a more narrow focus, including the Union News, La Voz Latina, Melanian News.

Scranton's radio market is ranked #70 by Arbitron's ranking system. The following box lists the radio stations in the area:


Scranton has a long history of supporting professional sports, dating back to the late 19th century when minor league baseball first came to the area. The Scranton Indians were the city's first professional baseball team and began play in 1887. The city was host to minor league baseball teams in the Pennsylvania State League, Eastern League, Atlantic League, New York State League, New York-Pennsylvania League. Currently, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the International League play their home games at PNC Field in Moosic, south of Scranton.

In other sports, the Empire Football League's Scranton Eagles are the league's most dominant team, having won 11 championships. The af2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, who play at Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township have made the playoffs for 4 years straight and contended for the Arena Cup in 2007. The North East Pennsylvania Miners of the North American Football League have recently started play in the area. Syracuse men's basketball coach, Jim Boeheim played professional basketball in Scranton before his career as a coach. The city's former basketball teams include the Scranton Apollos and the Scranton Miners. Hockey came to the area in 1999 when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins began play at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The team has since won conference championships in 2001, 2004, and 2008.

Landmarks and attractions

The Steamtown National Historic Site showcases steam era railroading that gives visitors tours through Scranton and portions of the Pocono Mountains.

Many of Scranton's attractions celebrate its heritage as an industrial center in iron and coal production as well as its ethnic diversity. The Scranton Iron Furnaces are remnants of the city's founding industry and of the Scranton family's Lackawanna Steel Company.[13] The Steamtown National Historic Site seeks to preserve the history of steam locomotives.[14] The Electric City Trolley Museum preserves and operates pieces of Pennsylvania streetcar history.[15] The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park is open for those who desire to learn about the history of mining and railroads in the Scranton area. The tours are conducted inside a part of a former working mine.[16] The DL&W Passenger Station is now a Radisson hotel with dining and banquet and conference facilities called Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.[17].

Museums in Scranton include the Everhart Museum in Nay Aug Park, which houses a collection of "natural history, science and art" exhibits and the Houdini Museum features films, exhibits, and a stage show. It is housed in a unique, century-old building. Terence Powderly's house, still a private dwelling, is one of the city's many historic buildings and the city's other National Historic Landmark besides Steamtown. Tripp House was built by the Tripp family in 1771 and is the oldest building in the city.

The city's religious history is evident in the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann which draws thousands of pilgrims to its annual novena and St. Stanislaus Cathedral which is the national seat of the Polish National Catholic Church in North America. The history of the founding of this denomination is intricately tied with Polish immigration to Scranton in the late 19th century.

Scranton's large Irish population is represented in the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, first held in 1862. It is organized by the St. Patrick's Day Parade Association of Lackawanna County and is now the nation's fourth largest in attendance and second largest in per capita attendance.[18] Over 8,000 people participate on the Saturday before Saint Patrick's Day including floats, bagpipe players, high school bands and Irish groups. In 2008, crowds estimated as high as 150,000 people congregated downtown for the event.[19][20]

For recreational opportunities, there is Snö Mountain Ski Resort (formerly called "Montage Mountain"), which rivals the numerous resorts of the Poconos in popularity and offers a relatively comprehensive range of difficulty levels. The 26.2-mile Steamtown Marathon has been held each October since 1996 and finishes in downtown Scranton. Nay Aug park is the largest of several parks in Scranton and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. The city is the home of Electric Theatre Company, a professional Equity theatre with a nine month season.[21]

The Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, a partially covered amphitheater seating 17,500, is Scranton's primary concert venue. In the summer months, musical artists ranging from James Taylor to Dave Matthews Band perform. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is an impressive piece of architecture which houses several auditoriums and a large ballroom. It plays host to the Northeast Philharmonic, Broadway Theater and other touring performances.

In popular culture

A banner promoting Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper company on NBC's The Office hangs in downtown Scranton.

The city has made numerous appearances in popular culture, notably as the setting of current NBC sitcom The Office. The program makes frequent references to actual attributes of Scranton and the surrounding area, including the Mall at Steamtown, Farley's Pub, Poor Richard's Pub, The Bog, Montage Mountain, The Scranton Anthracite Museum, and Lake Wallenpaupack.

In a 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live, Scranton was described by actor Jason Sudeikis (playing Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden) as a "Hell Hole." He then went on to say that nothing good ever came out of Scranton.

The city is imagined as a member of the class of interstellar Okies in James Blish's novel, A Life for the Stars. Scranton, in 2273, leaves an impoverished Earth behind, under Spindizzy drive.

The city served as the setting of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play That Championship Season by Jason Miller was based on the fictional lives of Scranton's 1957 state basketball champions. Miller wrote and directed the 1982 screenplay in which all exterior scenes were filmed in Scranton at his insistence.

Scranton has been referenced in a cartoon in a May 2005 issue of The New Yorker. The Travel Channel's Magic Road Trip program featured the city's Houdini Museum as one of the world's top magic attractions. Harry Chapin's 1974 song "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" dramatizes the wreck of a truck carrying bananas on March 26, 1965 just outside downtown Scranton. The city is the subject of George Inness's 1855 painting, the "Lackawanna Valley", which now hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Scranton was portrayed as the later-life hometown of Woody Harrelson's character in the movie Kingpin.

Scranton was referenced during the Boy Meets World episode "Band on the Run", in which Mr. Mathews remembers a wild time his band had in Scranton with a set of triplets.

It is the birthplace of comic book character Angel Love.

Scranton was also referenced in the movie Home Alone. It is the town Kevin's mom is in when she is at the airport and meets the polka band.


The main highways that service Scranton are Interstate 81, which runs north to Binghamton, New York and Ontario and south to Harrisburg and Tennessee; Interstate 84, which runs east to Milford and New England; Interstate 380, which runs south to Mount Pocono and Interstate 80 east to New York City and west to San Francisco; Interstate 476/Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, which runs south to Allentown and Philadelphia; U.S. Route 6, which runs east to Carbondale and parallel to I-84 to New England and west to Erie; and U.S. Route 11, which runs parallel to I-81.

Scranton's provider of public transportation is the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS). COLTS buses provide extensive service within the city and more limited service that reaches in all directions to Carbondale, Daleville, Pittston, and Fleetville.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is located in nearby Avoca. The airport is serviced by Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways.

Martz Trailways and Greyhound Lines provide coach bus transportation from its downtown station to New York City, Philadelphia and other points in the northeast.

Private operators such as Posten Taxi and McCarthy Flowered Cabs service the Scranton area. They are hired by telephone through central dispatch and cannot be hailed on the street as in larger cities.


Rail transportation plays an important part in the city's history and continues to have an impact today. The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority is a bi-county creation of both Lackawanna County and Monroe County to oversee the use of common rail freight lines in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including one formerly owned by Conrail running from Scranton, through the Pocono Mountains towards New Jersey and the New York City market. One of its primary objectives is to re-establish rail passenger service via New Jersey Transit between Scranton and Hoboken, New Jersey by way of the New Jersey Cut-Off, with connecting service into Manhattan, New York.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (Delaware and Hudson division) operates the former DL&W line between Scranton and Binghamton, with frequent through trains often jointly operated with Norfolk Southern Railway. The Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad services the former DL&W Keyser Valley branch in the city.

The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, as designated operator of county-owned rail lines, oversees the former Delaware and Hudson line from Scranton north to Carbondale, the former DL&W line east to the Delaware Water Gap and the former Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad third-rail interurban streetcar line south to Montage Mountain, Moosic. These are the lines hosting the seasonal passenger trains of both the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Electric City Trolley Museum and now under the jurisdiction of the new Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority.


The city's public schools are operated by the Scranton School District. The school district operates two public high schools in the city, Scranton High School and West Scranton High School. Almost 10,000 students are taught in the city's public schools.[22] Scranton Preparatory School, a private Jesuit school, and Yeshiva Bais Moshe, an Ultra Orthodox school, are the city's only private high schools. Holy Cross High School in Dunmore is a Catholic high school operated by the Diocese of Scranton that serves students in Scranton and the surrounding area. The diocese also operates several private elementary schools in the city. The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides oversight for the Scranton State School for the Deaf.[23] Penn Foster High School, a distance education high school, is headquartered in Scranton.[24]

With regards to colleges and universities, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, the University of Scranton, Johnson College, and The Commonwealth Medical College all make the city their home. Penn State operates a satellite campus in the suburb of Dunmore. Penn Foster Career School, a distance education vocational school, is headquartered in Scranton.[25]

The Lackawanna County Library System administers the libraries in Scranton, including the Albright Memorial Library and the Lackawanna County Children's Library. As of 2005, Scranton libraries serve a population of more than 120,000 people and have a circulation of over 624,000.[26]

Notable natives and residents

Notable politicians from Scranton include Joseph Biden, Lisa Caputo, Frank Carlucci, Robert P. Casey, Robert P. Casey, Jr., Hermann Eilts, Terence V. Powderly, Robert Reich, William Scranton and William Scranton III.

In the arts, Scranton has been home to Sonny Burke, Bob Degen, Dorothy Dietrich, Cy Endfield, Jane Jacobs, Gloria Jean, Jean Kerr, Gershon Legman, Judy McGrath, W.S. Merwin, Jason Miller, Melanie Smith, Jay Parini, Cynthia Rothrock, Lizabeth Scott, Ned Washington, Lauren Weisberger, Walter Bobbie and Kid Icarus.

P.J. Carlesimo, Joe Collins, Jim Crowley, Paul Foytack, Charlie Gelbert, Cosmo Iacavazzi, Edgar Jones, Ralph Lomma, Gerry McNamara, Mike Munchak, brothers Jim and Steve O'Neill, Jackie Paterson and football player Rashaan Salaam are among the notable residents who are famous for their contributions to athletics.

Other notable people who lived in Scranton are Mamie Cadden, Howard Gardner, Hugh E. Rodham, Jeffrey Bruce Klein, Gino J. Merli, John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Bill O'Reilly, Karen Ann Quinlan, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, Mel Ziegler, Bishop Robert C. Morlino, B.F. Skinner and Charles David Keeling.

Sister cities

Scranton has two official sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

See also


  1. ^ a b Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Pennsylvania, Listed Alphabetically: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007, U.S. Census Bureau, 2007. Released 09 July 2008. Retrieved 04 September 2008.
  2. ^ Table 7. Cumulative Estimates of Population Change for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Rankings: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007, U.S. Census Bureau, 2007. Retrieved 04 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b c "Scranton(city) QuickFacts". Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  5. ^ The Citizens Voice - Knox mine disaster remains in our memory because it is a story of right and wrong
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  7. ^ a b Klaus, Mary (2009-08-28). "'Beacon of generosity'". Harrisburg Patriot-News. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  8. ^ Falchek, David (2009-08-29). "Scranton native and Rite Aid founder Alex Grass dies after 10-year battle with lung cancer". Scranton Times. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ a b Scranton, PA - Official Website
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  13. ^ Iron Furnaces
  14. ^ Steamtown National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
  15. ^ "The Electric City Trolley Museum Association". Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  16. ^ Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour
  17. ^ "Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel". Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  18. ^ 2008 Scranton Pennsylvania Saint Patrick's Day Parade - The Scranton, PA St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 15th, 2008 11:30 am
  19. ^ The Times-Tribune - City: Crowds up, rowdies contained at parade
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  23. ^ Dept. Info.: State Owned School Greeting
  24. ^ Penn Foster High School
  25. ^ Penn Foster Career School
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
Nickname(s): Electric City
Motto: Embracing Our People, Our Traditions, and Our Future

Scranton, Pennsylvania
Location in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°24′38″N 75°40′03″W / 41.41056°N 75.6675°W / 41.41056; -75.6675
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
Incorporated February 14, 1856 (borough)
  April 23, 1866 (city)
 - Mayor Christopher A. Doherty (D)
 - City 65.89 km2 (25.44 sq mi)
 - Land 65.33 km2 (25.23 sq mi)
 - Water 0.55 km2 (0.21 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 - City 76,415
 Density 3,029/sq mi (1,169/km2)
 Metro 624,776
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Scranton is a city in Pennsylvania. It is the county seat of Lackawanna County. The city had a population of 76,415 people in 2000.


Scranton was first settled in 1776 by Lenape Indians. Over time, settlers from New England began to move to Scranton. They built mills and other small businesses. The village was known as Slocum Hollow. In 1845, Scranton started to manufacture iron and steel. The iron was used for making rails. Scranton became a leading maker of iron rails. A railroad was founded in 1851. It was built to move iron and coal.

Scranton became a borough in 1856. In 1866, Scranton was made a city when Hyde Park and Providence joined together with the Borough of Scranton. The city had 35,000 people living in it. In 1866, a streetcar system was built. It was the first in the United States. Scranton got the nickname "The Electric City" because of this. In the late 1890s, Scranton had several minor league baseball teams.

The United States Census said that Scranton had a population of 102,026 people in the year 1900. This made it the 38th largest city in the United States. In the 1900s, Scranton was known for its many Victorian-style houses.

In 1901, the iron industry in Scranton moved to Lackawanna, New York. Scranton lost one of its main industries. In the next 25 years, many people from Eastern Europe moved to Scranton. Two years later, the Laurel Line railroad opened up, making it easy to go to Wilkes-Barre, 20 miles South. After World War II, coal began losing cleaner fuels such as oil and gas. This caused Scranton to diminish. There wasn't as much coal being made, and not as many trains passed through. The streetcar system stopped in 1954, and a year later, the city was flooded after Hurricane Diane. 80 people died. The NYO&W freight railroad stopped going to Scranton in 1957.

The Knox Mine Disaster of 1959 wiped out the mining industry as the Susquehanna River flooded most of the mines in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The local DL&W railroad, nearly out of money, merged with the Erie Railroad in 1960. In the 1960s and 1970s, the silk and textile industries was getting smaller as they moved South or overseas. In the 1970s and 1980s, the downtown shops lay empty as it was best to shop in suburban malls. However, in the 1980s, the people of Scranton started revitalizing the city. Old places were marketed as tourist attractions. There is a historic site commemorating the city's railroad history, a hotel at the former DL&W Railroad station and a trolley museum. Some more modern attractions are a ski resort, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (a minor league baseball team) and a concert venue. Also, popular sitcom The Office is set in Scranton.


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