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Borough of Tunkhannock
Borough
Tunkhannock.png
Downtown Tunkhannock, looking east along Tioga Street (U.S. Route 6 Business).
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Wyoming
Elevation 692 ft (210.9 m)
Area 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km²)
 - land 0.9 sq mi (2 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 1,836 (2010)
Density 2,040 /sq mi (787.6 /km²)
Founded 1841
Mayor Norm Ball
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18657
Area code 570 Exchanges: 836,996
Tunkhannock Creek Keystone Marker
A Keystone Marker for Tunkhannock Creek in Tunkhannock.

Tunkhannock is a borough in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Wilkes-Barre. In the past, lumbering was carried on extensively. Today, many residents are employed by the Procter & Gamble plant in nearby Washington Township. As of the 2010 census, the borough population was 1,836. It is the county seat of Wyoming County. Tunkhannock is in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The name Tunkhannock comes from the Minsi-Len'api term Ptuk'hanna'unk, which means "Bend-in-river-place," especially to the town's west, upstream at the radical bend called "The Neck." Modern Tunkhannock, Lackawanna County, The Tunkhannock Historic District, bounded by Tioga, Pine, and Harrison Sts and Wyoming Ave, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2005.

General information

  • Area Code: 570 Exchanges: 836 and 996
  • ZIP code: 18657
  • Main streets/roads: Route 29 (Bridge Street), Business Route 6 (Tioga Street), Route 6 (Tunkhannock Bypass / Grand Army of the Republic Hwy), Route 92
  • Voting Information: four wards (numbered 1,2,3,4); elected Borough Council

Geography

Tunkhannock is located at 41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W / 41.54083°N 75.94778°W / 41.54083; -75.94778 (41.540836, -75.947703).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square mile (2.3 km²), all of it land.

Transportation

Skyhaven Airport is a public use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) south of the central business district of Tunkhannock.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 561
1860 638 13.7%
1870 953 49.4%
1880 1,116 17.1%
1890 1,253 12.3%
1900 1,305 4.2%
1910 1,598 22.5%
1920 1,736 8.6%
1930 1,973 13.7%
1940 2,161 9.5%
1950 2,170 0.4%
1960 2,297 5.9%
1970 2,251 −2.0%
1980 2,144 −4.8%
1990 2,251 5.0%
2000 1,911 −15.1%
2010 1,836 −3.9%
Est. 2015 1,780 −3.1%
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As of the census of 2010, there are 1,836 people, 817 households, and 447 families residing in the borough. The population density is 2,040 people per square mile (787.6/km²). There are 871 housing units at an average density of 967.8 per square mile (378/km²). The racial makeup of the borough is 95.9% White, 0.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 817 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% are married couples living together, 12% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% are non-families. 40.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.15 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the borough the population is spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 57% from 18 to 64, and 20.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43.5 years.

The median income for a household in the borough is $37,071, and the median income for a family is $56,250. Males have a median income of $43,098 versus $31,313 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $23,110. 2.4% of the population and 6.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, none of those under the age of 18 and 8.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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