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Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Incorporated 1888
 • Total 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 560 ft (170 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,062
 • Density 2,384/sq mi (920/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Zip code 18704
Area code 570

Swoyersville is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,062 at the 2010 census. Swoyersville is located within the Wyoming Valley West School District.


The borough of Swoyersville was named for mine owner John Henry Swoyer. Originally called Swoyerville, the town held a special vote in the 1950s to decide whether to add an "s" to the town's name. The measure passed and the town name became Swoyersville.

Swoyersville's economy was formerly based on coal mining, until most of the town's mines ceased production in the 1950s. Work continued at the colliery on Main Street in Swoyersville well into the 1960s. In 1972, the town was severely flooded by the Susquehanna River in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes. There was great concern at the time that many of the flooded abandoned mine tunnels, running underneath Swoyersville, would cave in. However, the cave-ins never occurred.


Map of Luzerne County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Luzerne County. Swoyersville can be seen in red (number 9).

Swoyersville is located at 41°17′41″N 75°52′36″W / 41.294602°N 75.876684°W / 41.294602; -75.876684. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), all of it land.

Swoyersville's terrain is flat in the south, with the northern part of the borough being on a hill. The majority of the borough's land is urban, with some forest in the north.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,264
1910 5,396 138.3%
1920 6,876 27.4%
1930 9,133 32.8%
1940 9,234 1.1%
1950 7,795 −15.6%
1960 6,751 −13.4%
1970 6,786 0.5%
1980 5,795 −14.6%
1990 5,630 −2.8%
2000 5,157 −8.4%
2010 5,062 −1.8%
Est. 2015 4,984 −1.5%

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,157 people, 2,243 households, and 1,484 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,386.4 people per square mile (921.8/km2). There were 2,356 housing units at an average density of 1,090.3 per square mile (421.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.22% White, 0.10% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

There were 2,243 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 18.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,434, and the median income for a family was $39,188. Males had a median income of $29,101 versus $26,304 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,449. About 10.4% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

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