kids encyclopedia robot

Nicholson, Pennsylvania facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Borough of Nicholson
Overhead view of Nicholson and Tunkhannock Viaduct
Overhead view of Nicholson and Tunkhannock Viaduct
Population 1,000. Hospitality for 1,000,000
Location of Nicholson in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Nicholson in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Lua error in Module:Location_map at line 412: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
Coordinates: 41°37′30″N 75°46′59″W / 41.62500°N 75.78306°W / 41.62500; -75.78306Coordinates: 41°37′30″N 75°46′59″W / 41.62500°N 75.78306°W / 41.62500; -75.78306
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Wyoming
Founded August 23, 1875
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.01 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
728 ft (222 m)
 • Total 767
 • Estimate 
 • Density 609.29/sq mi (235.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 942
FIPS code 42-54400

Nicholson is a borough in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 767 at the 2010 census.


The borough of Nicholson was incorporated on August 23, 1875.

The town of Nicholson attracted national attention during the final week of July 1986, when an escaped Bengal tiger was hunted in the area for several days. Despite air and ground searches by state police and zoo officials, the animal was never found.


Nicholson is located at 41°37′30″N 75°46′59″W / 41.62500°N 75.78306°W / 41.62500; -75.78306 (41.624983, -75.783054).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) of it (0.83%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 586
1890 734 25.3%
1900 893 21.7%
1910 852 −4.6%
1920 842 −1.2%
1930 932 10.7%
1940 731 −21.6%
1950 569 −22.2%
1960 686 20.6%
1970 877 27.8%
1980 945 7.8%
1990 857 −9.3%
2000 713 −16.8%
2010 767 7.6%
2019 (est.) 708 −7.7%

As of the census of 2010, there were 767 people, 302 households, and 195 families residing in the borough. The population density was 639.2 people per square mile (246.8/km2). There were 343 housing units at an average density of 285.8 per square mile (111.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% some other race, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 302 households, out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 25% under the age of 18, 58.3% from 18 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,650, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $38,889 versus $27,813 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,449. About 24% of families and 24.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Tunkhannock Viaduct

A local landmark, the Tunkhannock Viaduct, Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct or "Nicholson Bridge" has been a focal point of the Nicholson community since its completion in 1915. Built by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad from 1912 until 1915, the bridge has served many owners; DL&W, Erie-Lackawanna, Conrail, Delaware & Hudson [also operated by Guilford Transportation, and New York Susquehanna & Western] before the current owner, Canadian Pacific Railway. Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern trains operate over it daily between Binghamton and several other New York state locations, along with rail yards in Pennsylvania such as Scranton, Allentown and Harrisburg. Each year the town organizes a festival in honor of the bridge called Nicholson Bridge Day. The entire main street of the town is shut down and filled with vendors, entertainment, and more.

Notable people

  • Jim Saxton, former Representative, New Jersey 3rd Congressional District
  • Don Sherwood, former Representative, Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District
kids search engine
Nicholson, Pennsylvania Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.