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Archbald, Pennsylvania

White Oak Run
Borough
Archbald Pothole State Park
Archbald Pothole State Park
Location of Archbald in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Archbald in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
Area
 • Total 17.10 sq mi (44.29 km2)
 • Land 17.09 sq mi (44.26 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
1,102 ft (336 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,984
 • Estimate 
(2019)
7,030
 • Density 411.40/sq mi (158.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 876
FIPS code 42-02832

Archbald is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named for James Archbald, the first mayor of Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Before being renamed in Archbald's honor, the name of the settlement was White Oak Run. Most of the original settlers were Irish Catholics, fleeing the Great Famine. The population was 6,984 at the 2010 census.

The village of Eynon is incorporated into Archbald.

Geography

Archbald is located at 41°29′37″N 75°33′5″W / 41.49361°N 75.55139°W / 41.49361; -75.55139 (41.493481, -75.551478).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 17.09 square miles (44.3 km2), of which 17.08 square miles (44.2 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.06%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,571
1880 3,049 18.6%
1890 4,032 32.2%
1900 5,396 33.8%
1910 7,194 33.3%
1920 8,603 19.6%
1930 9,587 11.4%
1940 8,296 −13.5%
1950 6,304 −24.0%
1960 5,471 −13.2%
1970 6,118 11.8%
1980 6,295 2.9%
1990 6,291 −0.1%
2000 6,220 −1.1%
2010 6,984 12.3%
2019 (est.) 7,030 0.7%
Sources:

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census there were 6,984 people, 2,802 households, and 1,948 families in the borough. The population density was 408.7/sqmi (157.9/km²). There were 2,952 housing units at an average density of 173/sqmi (67.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.9% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 2,802 households, out of which 29% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.5% were non-families. 26% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.0.

The borough population contained 22.9% under the age of 18, 60.3% from 18 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,428, and the median income for a family was $52,410. Males had a median income of $36,913 versus $26,343 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,352. About 3.8% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-acre (0.61 km2) park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park is named for Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature that formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet (12 m) deep and has an elliptical shape. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward. The largest diameter is 42 feet (13 m) by 24 feet (7.3 m). At the bottom it is 17 feet (5.2 m) by 14 feet (4.3 m). The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet (530 m3), therefore it could hold approximately 140,000 gallons.

Education

Archbald was the home of Archbald High School until the class of 1969 graduated. Given population declines, in the fall of 1969 the boroughs of Archbald, Blakely, and Jessup combined their public school systems to form the Valley View School District.

Notable people

  • Anthony Esolen, academic, translator, and writer
  • Joseph P. McDonald, (September 29, 1919 – August 7, 1994), U.S. Army Air Corps Private at Fort Shafter’s Intercept Center near Pearl Harbor; instrumental in the initial report of Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service's impending attack on Pearl Harbor
  • James Martin Munley (1936-2020), judge, Court of Common Pleas, Lackawanna County (1978–98), US District Court Judge, Middle District of Pennsylvania (1998–2020).
  • Marion L. Munley (1905-1983), Pennsylvania state representative 1947–64
  • Joe Paparella (1909-1994), American League umpire; born in Eynon
  • James P. Scoblick (1909-1981), congressman from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district (1946–49)
  • William Henry Stanton (1848-1900), congressman from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district (1876-77)
  • Dick Tracewski (1935-), Major League Baseball player and coach; born in Eynon
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