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  •   State: 
    Lackawanna County
      County FIPS: 
    41°21′30″N 75°42′44″W
      Area total: 
    6.53 sq mi (16.91 km²)
      Area land: 
    6.48 sq mi (16.78 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.05 sq mi (0.13 km²)
    817 ft (249 m)
    1898; Incorporated 1898
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Moosic, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    919.46 residents per square mile of area (355.03/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Moosic is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, 6 miles (10 km) south of downtown Scranton and 13 miles (21 km) northeast of downtown Wilkes-Barre. The population was 5,972 at the 2020 census. The name Moosic probably derives from the Unami language of the Lenape people, meaning "elk place". The borough was incorporated on December 9, 1898. The Scrantons/Wilkes-barre RailRiders are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team. They are a farm team of the New York Yankees and play at PNC Field. The major daily newspaper in MoosIC is The Times-Tribune of Scrant on the Lackawannas River. The main television studios of WNEP-TV, the local ABC-TV affiliate, are located in Mosic. The borough is in a former coal-mining region. A few older industries existed at one time, including the manufacturing of canvas gloves and silk products. In 2008, a water park was built on the grounds of Montage Mountain ski resort. In 2005, a plan to build a large outdoor shopping mall near the theater was announced. In 2007, The Shoppes at Montage were completed in 2007, consisting of an open-air, outdoor plaza housing over forty stores and restaurants. The former grounds of Rocky Glen Park, an amusement park, are now a Pennsylvania state historical marker. In terms of physiography, Moo's is part of the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains. Moo has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons.


Moosic is the primary city name, but also Scranton are acceptable city names or spellings. The name Moosic probably derives from the Unami language of the Lenape people, meaning "elk place" The Lenape, a Native American people, are the earliest-known inhabitants of the borough. The borough was incorporated on December 9, 1898. From 1886 to 1987, Rocky Glen Park, an amusement park, was the site of the former grounds. The former grounds are now a Pennsylvania state historical marker. The name "Moosic" means "Elk Place" in Lenape and means "place of elk" in Unami. The town was once a part of Lackawanna Township, Pennsylvania. It is now part of the city of Wilkes-Barre and the borough of Scranton. The city was once part of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and the village of Greenwood was part of it. It was incorporated as a borough in 1898, and later became a city in 1903. It has a population of about 3,000 people. The community was once known as the "Town of Moosics" or "The Town of the Mooosies" by the Lenapes. The word "Mooosic" is now used to refer to the town of Wiltshire in Pennsylvania, where it was once the county seat. It also means "melting place" in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, which was once called "The County of the Moosies". The town's name means "mooosie" in English. It means "little or no place".


Moosic has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) with four distinct seasons. Summers are humid and warm, with an occasional heatwave. Winters are cold and snowy. Moosic is located at an elevation of 817 feet (249 m) above sea level. The major body of water flowing through the borough is the Lackawanna River, part of the Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed. The borough has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km²), of which 6.5 square miles of land is land and 0.1 sq miles (0.26 km²) (1.52%) is water. It is located in the Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania, in the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains. The town has a population of 2,000 (as of the 2010 U.S. Census). The borough is located on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to Maryland. It has a post office with a ZIP code of 7053. It also has a bus station with a station on the New York-Pennsylvania line. The city has a public library with a branch in the downtown area, as well as a community center, a bowling alley, a bar, a restaurant and a bowling green. The area has a history of being heavily affected by the Great Depression. It was the site of the Second World War and the Battle of the Bulge, and is now known as one of the oldest towns in the state.

Culture and contemporary life

Recent developments have created a restaurant, retail, and entertainment scene. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team in Moosic. Glenmaura National Golf Club is recognized as a PGA tournament course and identified by a major U.S. golf magazine as one of the top 100 courses in the nation. The main television studios of WNEP-TV, the local ABC-TV affiliate, are located in Mosic. Public transportation is provided by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) The borough is car-dependent, as "few amenities are within walking distance," according to the Walk Score. The borough has a population of 3,000, with the majority of residents living in or near the borough of Wilkes-barre/Scranton and Avoca, the adjacent borough to the north and south. It is home to the New York Yankees' farm team PNC Field, which is located next to the borough's main television station, The Times-Tribune of Scrant on Pennsylvania Avenue. It also has a number of other tourist attractions, such as the Toyota Pavilion and Montage Mountain Ski Area, which are located just north of the borough. In 2008, a water park was built on the grounds of the ski resort. Known as Montage Meltdown, the park was completed in June 2009. In 2005, a plan to build a large outdoor shopping mall near the theater was announced. In 2007, The Shoppes at Montage were completed in 2007.


As of the census of 2010, there were 5,719 people, 2,363 households, and 1,596 families residing in the borough. The population density was 879.8 people per square mile (339.7/km²) The racial makeup of the borough was 95.3% White, 1% African American, 0.1% American Indian, 1.8% Asian, 1,1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population. The median income for a household in the Borough was $38,987, and $47,703 for a family. The per capita income for the borough is $21,178. About 15.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1%. of those age 65 or over. were below the poverty line, including 8.1. of those over the age of 65. The borough is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to New Jersey. It is one of the few towns in New Jersey that does not have a major airport. It has a population of about 5,000, making it one of only a handful of towns in the state with more than 1,000 people living in it. It was the site of the U.S. Civil War, when the Battle of the Bulge took place in 1875. The town was founded in 1876.


Riverside School District serves residents of Moosic and neighboring Taylor. High school students attend Riverside Jr.-Sr. High School for grades 7-12, which is located across the Lackawanna River in Taylor. Riverside is known for its high school football rivalry with neighboring Old Forge. The two schools are "archrivals", who have "arguably the most fierce rivalry in the Lackawedanna Football Conference." Old Forge leads head-to-head with a record of 32-30-4. Riverside Elementary East serves for 3rd,4th,5th,and 6th grade, while Riverside Elementary West serves for Kindergarten,1st,and 2nd grade. The district also has two elementary schools, which serve both Moosics and Taylor residents. The school district is a member of the National Federation of Elementary and Secondary Education (NFES) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education (PSEB). The district has two high schools, Riverside Junior-Senior High School and Riverside Jr-Sr High School, both of which are located in the town of Taylor. The high school district has three elementary schools: Riverside East, Riverside West, and Riverside Middle School. It also has a middle school, Riverside Middle, and a high school, which are all in the city of Mooosic. It is the only school district in the county to have two elementary and high school schools in the same town. The elementary schools are located on the same site as the high school.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Moosic, 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 Moosic = 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 5,972 individuals with a median age of 46 age the population grows by 4.14% in Moosic, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 919.46 residents per square mile of area (355.03/km²). There are average 2.38 people per household in the 2,239 households with an average household income of $49,314 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 Moosic per 100,000 population = 244.2.


The annual rainfall in Moosic = 36 inches and the annual snowfall = 30.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 129. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 179. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 19.8 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 Moosic, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 76.61%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 40 years with median home cost = $134,940 and home appreciation of 0.16%. 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. 7.48% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 12.28% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.86% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Moosic's population in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania of 1,227 residents in 1900 has increased 4,87-fold to 5,972 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.50% female residents and 47.50% male residents live in Moosic, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Moosic, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 41.34% are single population.

  • 20.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Moosic 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.

    86.08% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.73% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.31% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.35% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Moosic, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, 76.61% are owner-occupied homes, another 17.23% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.16% are vacant.

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

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