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  •   State: 
    Lackawanna County
      County all: 
    Lackawanna | Susquehanna
      County FIPS: 
    42069 | 42115
    41°34′N 75°30′W
      Area total: 
    3.24 sq mi (8.40 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.24 sq mi (8.40 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    1,043 ft (318 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,722.17 residents per square mile of area (1,051.04/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Carbondale is a city in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,828 at the 2020 census. It was the site of the first deep vein anthracite coal mine in the U.S. The city is 92.2 miles (148.4 km) north of Allentown and 130.8 miles (210.5 km) northwest of New York City. Immigrants from Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and from throughout continental Europe came to Carbondale in the course of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries to work in the anthracites and railroading industries. The first Saint Patrick's Day parade in what is now Lackawana County is held in Carbond Dale. The town's first newspaper, the Northern Pennsylvanian, published in 1833, contained a notice of a public meeting to be held for the purpose of taking measures to celebrate St. Patricks Day, 1850. The Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad began operations in the city on October 9, 1829, and was the first commercially successful railroad to operate in America. The City Hall and Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is located approximately 15 miles due northeast of the city of Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania, about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Allentingown. It has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²), all land. The area was developed by William and Maurice Wurts, the founders of the Delaware and. Hudson Canal Company.


Carbondale is the primary city name, but also Childs, Clifford Township, Clifford Twp, Fell Township, Fell Twp, Greenfield Township, Greenfild Twp, Simpson are acceptable city names or spellings. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Carbondale has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²), all land. The town has a population of 2,816. The city is located on the Ohio River, which flows through the town. The community is home to the University of Illinois at Carbondal, which was founded in 1881. Carbondales is a member of the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) The town's population is 2,716. It is located near the Ohio Turnpike, which runs through the city and connects to Interstate 80 and I-80. It also has a small airport, which serves as the town's main airport. The area has a history of being heavily affected by the Great Depression, which began in the mid-19th century and ended in the early 20th century. It was also the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred in the 1930s and 1940s. It has been known as the "Bloodiest Town in the United States" since the Second World War, when it was declared a state of emergency in 1944. It's also known as "Carbondale" or "The Birthplace of the Confederacy" because of its history as the home of the Confederate States of America, which dates back to the American Civil War.


As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,828 people and 3,905 households residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 87.8% White, 2.2% African American, 0.3% Native American,0.5% Asian, 3.0% from other races, and 6. 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2%. The city's median income was $42,618, and the median income for a family was $55,043. In the city, the population was spread out, with 19.3 percent under the age of 18, 57% from 18 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. About 24.8 percent of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 46.7 percent of those under age 18 and 15.7 per cent of those age 65 or over. The average household size was 2.65, with the average family size being 2.70. The city has a population of 8,000, with 4,214 housing units, and a population density of 2,758.8 people per square mile (1,063.6/km²). The city is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is on the border of the state of New Mexico. It is the only city in the state that is not on the National Highway System.


Carbondale was incorporated as a city in Luzerne County on March 15, 1851. The Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale began operations on October 9, 1829. The first Saint Patrick's Day parade in what is now Lackawanna County is held in carbondale in 1833. Every census since 1940 has seen a steady decline in the population ofcarbondale, mostly attributed to the end of the coal industry in the area. The city's City Hall and Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is the fourth oldest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the oldest in the state of Pennsylvania. It was the first lodge in America of the ancient Welsh Philanthropic Order of True Ivorites was opened in the fall of 1853; the first public Ivorite celebration in America took place in Carbond Dale in August 1855. The town is located on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was built in 1838. The Turnpikes were built in the early 19th century to carry out the railroads' route from New York to Pennsylvania. The turnpike was built to carry the coal from Pennsylvania to New York and New England. The railroad was completed in 1829, and the town was named after the town's first postmaster, William "Bill" Turnpipes, which were built on the site of a former coal-fired power station in 1828. The Town's name is still used as a reference to the town.


Carbondale was once a main terminus of the Delaware and Hudson Railway. It was also served by the Erie Railroad and the New York, Ontario and Western Railway. The city is served by U.S. Route 6 and the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) The Stourbridge Lion, America's first steam locomotive, was built in Carbondale in 1829. It is located on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad on a single remaining D&H mainline track running to Scranton, now called the CarbONDale Mainline. The Stoursbridge Lion was the first steam-powered locomotive built in the United States, and was named after the Stoursburg, Pennsylvania. It has been preserved as a national historic site. The town is also home to the Carbond Dale Museum, which houses the first-ever steam-operated locomotive. It also has a museum of American history, the Stour Bridge, which dates back to 1829 and was built on the site of a former coal-fired power station in the early 1800s. In the early 1900s, the city was home to one of the world's first coal-burning power stations, which was located at the base of a hill near the town's central business district. Today the city is home to a number of tourist attractions, including the Pennsylvania Museum of History and Industry and the Pennsylvania State Museum of Science and Industry, both of which are located in the town of CarbondALE.

Local transportation

Carbondale is served by the #52 and #82 lines, run by COLTS bus. It is also served by a number of other local bus lines. The town has a population of about 2,000. The city is located on the Ohio Turnpike, which runs through the town. It also has a handful of local rail lines, including the #82 and #52 lines, which run through Carbondale, as well as the #81 and #81 lines, both of which run past the town's downtown area. It has a small airport, which serves as a hub for the area's local bus service, and a few other local rail stations, such as #2 and #3. The community also has several parks, which are used by local residents and tourists. The area is served on the #2, #3, and #4 lines, all of which are operated by the COLTS Bus Company, which also serves the town of Carbondales. The #52 line is also used for local public transportation. The only local bus line to the town is the #1 line, which goes through the city's downtown. It runs between the #4 and #5 lines. It serves the #6 and #7 lines, and the #8 and #8 lines, respectively, which go through the downtown area and through the #9 and #9 lines.

In popular culture

Carbondale holds an annual festival every summer called Pioneer Days, in honor of Carbondale's nickname, The Pioneer City. The Crystal Band, founded in the Petersburg section of Scranton in 1887, is an all-volunteer concert band that is made up of residents from throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. The 2010 film "Blue Valentine" was filmed, in part, in carbondale. The city's annual Saint David's Day Dinner is to commemorate the Welsh roots of the City of CarbONDale and to celebrate the Welsh heritage of a great many residents of the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valleys in Pennsylvania. It is held on the first Sunday in December, hosted by the Historical Society and the Berean Baptist Church. The town's annual Pioneer Days festival features local bands, arts and crafts, carnival games, festival food, and a fireworks display. It was the inspiration for the movie "Pioneer Days," which was based on the book "The Pioneer City" by John Steinbeck, published by Simon & Schuster, in which Steinbeck played the role of a young boy in the town. The film was released in 2010 and was directed by Tom Hanks, who also directed the film "The Godfather" and "The Descendants" The town is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, which runs through the town's downtown area. It has a population of about 4,000 people, and is home to a number of historic buildings.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania = 38. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 75. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Carbondale = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 8,828 individuals with a median age of 43.4 age the population grows by 2.58% in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,722.17 residents per square mile of area (1,051.04/km²). There are average 2.36 people per household in the 437 households with an average household income of $50,617 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.60% of the available work force and has dropped -4.78% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.84%. The number of physicians in Carbondale per 100,000 population = 244.2.


The annual rainfall in Carbondale = 42.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 55.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 122. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 176. 77 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 10.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 51, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 74.89%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 43 years with median home cost = $119,390 and home appreciation of -0.31%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $15.00 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,546 per student. There are 16 students for each teacher in the school, 817 students for each Librarian and 433 students for each Counselor. 4.64% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.64% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.70% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Carbondale's population in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania of 13,536 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,65-fold to 8,828 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.37% female residents and 50.63% male residents live in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 41.66% are single population.

  • 22.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Carbondale require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.48% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.36% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 0.92% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, 74.89% are owner-occupied homes, another 19.70% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.41% are vacant.

  • The 63.25% of the population in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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