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Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Dunmore municipal building
Dunmore municipal building
Location of Dunmore in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Location of Dunmore in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Dunmore, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Dunmore, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
 • Total 8.99 sq mi (23.30 km2)
 • Land 8.92 sq mi (23.10 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
1,001 ft (305 m)
 • Total 14,057
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,452.57/sq mi (560.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
Area code(s) 570

Dunmore is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, adjoining Scranton. Dunmore was settled in 1835 and incorporated in 1862. Extensive anthracite coal, brick, stone, and silk interests had led to a rapid increase in the population from 8,315 in 1890 to 23,086 in 1940. The population was 14,057 in the 2010 census.


Dunmore is one of the numerous villages which sprang from the original township of Providence, Pennsylvania. Purchased from the natives in 1754, the territory now embracing this village offered its solitude to the pioneers seeking a home in the wilderness between the Delaware and the Susquehanna rivers until the summer of 1783.

At this time, William Allsworth, a shoemaker by trade, who had visited the Connecticut land at Wyoming for the purpose of selecting a place for his home the year previous, reached the point at evening, where he encamped and lit his fire in the forest where Dunmore was thus founded. The need of more places of rest to cheer the emigrants traveling with heavy burdens induced Mr. Allsworth to fix his abode at this spot. Deer and bear were so abundant for many years within sight of his clearing, that his family never trusted to his rifle in vain for a supply of venison or the substantial haunches of the bear.

The house of Mr. Allsworth, famed for the constant readiness of the host to smooth by his dry jokes and kind words the ruggedness of every man’s daily road, became a common point of interest and attraction to the emigrant or the wayfarer. The descendants of Mr. Allsworth have filled many places of trust and usefulness in the county, and adorned the various walks of social life. In the summer of 1795, Charles Dolph, John Carey, and John West began the labor of clearing and plowing lands in the neighborhood of Bucktown or Corners, as this place was long called after the first foot-path opened from Blakeley to the Roaring Brook crossed the Wyoming road at Allsworth’s.

Edward Lunnon, Isaac Dolph, James Brown, Philip Swartz and Levi De Puy, purchased land of the State between 1799–1805 and located in this portion of Providence Township. The old tavern, long since vanished with its round swinging sign and low bar-room, one corner of which, fortified with long pine-pickets, extended from the bar to the very ceiling, in times of yore, was owned successively by Wm. Allsworth, Philip Swartz, Isaac Dolph, Henry W. Drinker, and Samuel De Puy.

The external aspect of Dunmore promised so much by its agricultural expectations in 1813, that Dr. Orlo Hamlin, with his young wife, was induced to settle a mile north of Allsworth. He was the first physician and surgeon locating in Providence. The population of Dunmore and Blakeley, doubling in numbers and increasing in wealth, warranted Stephen Tripp in erecting a saw and grist mill in 1820, on the Roaring Brook half a mile south of the village.

A store was opened at the Corners in 1820 under the auspices of the Drinker Turnpike; but the village, consisting of but four houses, had but a negative existence until the Pennsylvania Coal Company, in 1847-1848, turned the sterile pasture-fields around it into a town liberal in the extent of its territory and diversified by every variety of life.

By 1875, the township of Providence was dissolved and the land split up into various smaller boroughs and towns with Dunmore being one of them. Today, Dunmore is a borough bordering the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The name Dunmore comes from Dunmore Park, in the Falkirk area of Scotland (home of the Dunmore Pineapple).


Dunmore is located at 41°25′3″N 75°37′28″W / 41.41750°N 75.62444°W / 41.41750; -75.62444 (41.417530, -75.624432).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 9 square miles (23 km2), of which, 8.9 square miles (23 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.11%) is water.

The Roaring Brook flows from the SE and turns west through the Nay Aug Gorge in Dunmore to the Lackawanna River in Scranton. The SE side of the borough is on Moosic Mountain, which the gorge cuts through and Interstate 84/380 uses it partway to the spaghetti junction interchange with Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 6. The Lackawanna Railroad also used the Nay Aug Gorge into Scranton from the Poconos and Northern New Jersey.

Interstate 81 also has an interchange with 347 in Dunmore. Most of the borough is drained by Roaring Brook, except for an area in the west drained by Meadow Brook into the Lackawanna River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 4,311
1880 5,151 19.5%
1890 8,315 61.4%
1900 12,583 51.3%
1910 17,615 40.0%
1920 20,250 15.0%
1930 22,627 11.7%
1940 23,086 2.0%
1950 20,305 −12.0%
1960 18,917 −6.8%
1970 18,168 −4.0%
1980 16,781 −7.6%
1990 15,403 −8.2%
2000 14,018 −9.0%
2010 14,057 0.3%
2019 (est.) 12,954 −7.8%

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,057 people, 5,999 households, and 3,388 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,579.4 people per square mile (610/km²). There were 6,530 housing units at an average density of 733.7 per square mile (286.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.2% White, 1.1% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 5,999 households, out of which 22% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.93.

The ages of the population were 17.9% under the age of 18, 62.1% from 18 to 64, and 20% 65 years or older. The median age was 42.1 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,280, and the median income for a family was $43,354. Males had a median income of $32,855 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,851. About 6.7% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.


Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, founded in 1936, is based in Dunmore.

The Keystone Industrial Park is also located in Dunmore.



Public schools

Dunmore has one public school district with three sections that are based on age: Dunmore Elementary Center, Dunmore Middle School and Dunmore High School. The principal of the Elementary Center is Matthew Quinn, the principal of the High School is Timothy Hopkins, and the Superintendent of Schools is John Marichak.

Parochial schools

Dunmore has two Roman Catholic schools, under the administration of the Diocese of Scranton: Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Elementary School (PK-8), led by principal Cathy Sosnowski, and Holy Cross High School. The current principal of Holy Cross High School is Benjamin Tolerico, their vice-principal is Cathy Chiumento and their Dean of Students is Kandy Taylor. They also have a school chaplain, Rev. Cyril Edwards.

Post-secondary schools

Marywood University is located in Dunmore.

Penn State Scranton is located in Dunmore.


The western terminus of Interstate 84 is in Dunmore. I-84/I-380 follows the Nay Aug Gorge westward towards the spaghetti junction interchange with Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 6. I-81 also has an interchange with 347 in Dunmore.

Notable people

  • Mehmood Ali (1932–2004), actor, "India's Comedy King", died in Dunmore
  • Sister Mary Adrian Barrett, I.H.M. (1929–2015), Catholic social worker and educator
  • Christopher F. Burne, U.S. Air Force brigadier general
  • Clare Horan Cawley (1874–1921), pianist
  • Nestor Chylak (1922–1982), Major League Baseball umpire
  • Vic Delmore (1917–1960), Major League Baseball umpire
  • Carol Ann Drazba (1943–1966), first American nurse to die in the Vietnam War
  • Vic Fangio, head coach of the Denver Broncos in the National Football League
  • Eugene A. Garvey (1845–1920), bishop of Altoona
  • Joseph Kopacz (born 1950), Bishop of Jackson, Mississippi
  • Ruth Earnshaw Lo (1910-2006), professor and writer, based in China 1937 to 1977
  • Jeanne Marrazzo, microbiologist, director of the University of Alabama School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Joe Mooney, Major League Baseball groundskeeper for more than three decades; Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame member
  • John Willard Raught (1857–1931), landscape artist
  • Paul W. Richards, astronaut who flew on Mission STS-102 on board the Space Shuttle Discovery
  • John Francis Ropek (1917–2009), oceanographer for the first under-ice polar expedition of USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
  • Tim Ruddy, center for NFL's Miami Dolphins from 1994–2003; for most of career was center of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino
  • Beverly Tyler (1927-2005), actress and singer
  • Junior Walsh (1919–1990), professional baseball player for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jerry Wemple (born 1960), poet

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