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Laurel Run, Pennsylvania
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Incorporated 1881
Area
 • Total 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 500
 • Density 97/sq mi (37/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 570

Laurel Run is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 500 at the 2010 census.

Laurel Run is the site of the Laurel Run mine fire, which started in the Red Ash mine in 1915, and burned underground until 1973. The mine was excavated to remove the fire and filled in. Approximately 166 homes were razed and relocated along with two grocery stores, a church, a school and a lumberyard through a program administered by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Geography

Laurel Run is located at 41°13′2″N 75°50′29″W / 41.21722°N 75.84139°W / 41.21722; -75.84139 (41.217222, -75.841456).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 696
1900 696 0.0%
1910 790 13.5%
1920 774 −2.0%
1930 944 22.0%
1940 1,057 12.0%
1950 858 −18.8%
1960 855 −0.3%
1970 327 −61.8%
1980 725 121.7%
1990 708 −2.3%
2000 723 2.1%
2010 500 −30.8%
Est. 2015 504 0.8%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 723 people, 277 households, and 188 families residing in the borough. The population density was 140.9 people per square mile (54.4/km2). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 56.9 per square mile (22.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.45% White, 0.28% African American, 0.14% Native American, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 277 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 112.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,781, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $28,611 versus $24,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,066. About 8.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Events

Laurel Run is home to the oldest continuing motorsports event in Pennsylvania. Since 1906, the annual Giants Despair Hillclimb has challenged motorists to race uphill on a mile of East Northampton Street.


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