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Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania
Village of Gouldsboro
Image of a train depot that looks old but has been restored, with train tracks in the foreground.
The former Lackawanna Railroad's Gouldsboro Station in Gouldsboro, which has recently been restored.
Location in Wayne County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Wayne County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
Commonwealth Pennsylvania
U.S. Congressional Districts PA-10
School Districts North Pocono (Region III)
Pocono Mountain (Region III)
Counties Wayne
Magisterial Districts 22-3-01
Townships Lehigh
Settled 1871
Named for Jay Gould
 • Total 3.004 sq mi (7.783 km2)
 • Land 2.596 sq mi (6.723 km2)
 • Water 0.408 sq mi (1.06 km2)
1,909 ft (582 m)
 • Total 890
 • Density 343/sq mi (132/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern Daylight (EDT))
ZIP code
Area code(s) 570
GNIS feature IDs 1175862 (Village)
2631315 (CDP)
FIPS codes 42-127-42432-30200
Major Roads PA-507.svg
Waterways Gouldsboro Lake, Larsen Lake, Lake Lehigh, Lehigh River, Lower Klondike Pond, Snag Pond, Lake Watawga, Westend Pond

Gouldsboro is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in Lehigh Township, Wayne County, and Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, in Pennsylvania. The CDP's population was 890 at time of the 2010 United States Census.


Gouldsboro, PA Keystone Marker
Gouldsboro's Keystone Marker.

Gouldsboro was named for Jay Gould, one of the 10 richest Americans of all time.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Gouldsboro has a total area of 3.004 sq mi (7.783 km2), of which 2.596 sq mi (6.723 km2) is land and 0.408 sq mi (1.06 km2), or 5.72%, is water.


As of the Census of 2010, there were 890 people, 353 households, and 253 families in Gouldsboro. The CDP's population density was 343 people per square mile (131/km2), and there were 546 housing units at an average density of 182/sq mi (70.2/km2). The racial makeup of the populace was 94.9% White, 1.0% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% of other races, and 1.1% of two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of all races made up 4.0% of the population.

71.7% of Gouldsboro's households were families, 55.8% were headed by a heterosexual married couple (Pennsylvania did not allow same-sex marriage until May 20, 2014, after the 2010 Census had been completed), and 30.3% included children under the age of 18. 10.8% of households were headed by a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% by a male householder with no wife present, and 28.3% consisted of non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% consisted of a person 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.

Gouldsboro's age distribution was 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.2% between the ages of 18 and 24, 19.9% between 25 and 44, 34.7% between 45 and 64, and 16.3% 65 years of age or older. The population's median age was 45.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males in the same age range.

According to American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, the median income for a household in Gouldsboro in 2013 was $45,469, and the median income for a family was $54,000. Males had a median income of $50,000, while females had a median income of $28,750. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,753. 0.0% of families and 1.4% of people were below the Census Bureau's poverty thresholds (different from the federally defined poverty guidelines), including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

According to self-reported ancestry figures recorded by the ACS, the five largest ancestral groups in Gouldsboro in 2013 were Irish (40.3%), Germans (38.0%), Poles (13.9%), English (13.4%), and Italians (13.3%). Those reporting American ancestry made up 2.5% of the population.

Parks and recreation

Gouldsboro is home to the Gouldsboro State Park. The village is serviced and is within the North Pocono School District.

The area is extremely scenic and popular with hunters and naturalists. Much of Wayne County's water is under special protection.

Postal Service

In addition to parts of the aforementioned Lehigh and Coolbaugh Townships, parts of Clifton, Thornhurst, and Covington Townships in Lackawanna County are serviced by the Gouldsboro Post Office, and are also often referred to as "Gouldsboro."

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