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Duryea, Pennsylvania

  •   State: 
    Luzerne County
      County FIPS: 
    41°20′52″N 75°45′30″W
      Area total: 
    5.71 sq mi (14.80 km²)
      Area land: 
    5.53 sq mi (14.31 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.19 sq mi (0.49 km²)
    623 ft (190 m)
    Incorporated 1901
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    911.49 residents per square mile of area (351.91/km²)
      Household income: 
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Duryea is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 9 miles (14 km) south of Scranton. Coal mining and silk manufacturing were the chief industries in Duryea's early years. The population was 5,032 at the 2020 census. The area was historically the heartland of the Susquehannock tribe, also called the Conestoga, which were an Iroquoian people whose territory extended from lower New York State to the Potomac. It was named in honor of American Civil War general and owner of extensive tracts of land in sections of the country. After the Knox Mine Disaster (1959), which occurred only several miles outside of the town, the mining industry in the Wyoming Valley collapsed and the town lost its greatest source of prosperity along with silk mills and stone quarries. The town is named after its railroad station, which was named after officials of the line, hence the name of the community. The borough was incorporated as a borough on May 28, 1901, and has a notable switching rail yard (or Muller yard), connecting the central Wyoming Valley to destinations in New York and down-state Pennsylvania (in Harrisburg and Philadelphia) It is located on the Lackawanna River, which flows through the borough. The SusqueHanna River marks the western boundary, and the LackAWanna River flows through DuryEA. It is the site of the first log cabin built in 1770 by Zebulon Marcy, from whom Marcy Township got its name.


Duryea is the primary city name, but also Pittston are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Duryea, Pennsylvania. Duryea Borough was named in honor of Hiram Duryea, an American Civil War general and coal operator. The area was historically the heartland of the Susquehannock tribe, also called the Conestoga, which were an Iroquoian people whose territory extended from lower New York State to the Potomac. In the early days, mining would become the area's greatest source of prosperity, along with silk mills and stone quarries. Marcy Township was founded in 1880 with a population of 1,159. The borough witnessed a declining population along with a declining enrollment within its schools. The remaining neighborhood schools were phased out and shut down in 1981. The Reading & Northern Railroad Company invested in a rail yard in late 2009, laying a track and constructing a new track to accommodate 100 new rail cars. The town is named after the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. It was the practice of this railroad to name its section stops after officials of the line, hence the name of Dryea. The city's name is derived from the word "duryea" which means "dirt" or "hill" in the English language, and "ea" means "earth" in English. The name of the borough is also derived from "dur", which is an ancient word for "earth". The town's name was first used in the 17th century by Zebulon Marcy, who built the first log cabin on the west side of the present-day Main Street.


The Borough of Duryea is located at 41°2052N 75°4530W (41.347729, -75.758302) The borough is located on the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River in northern Luzerne County. The Lackawanna River, which flows through the middle of the borough, joins the Susquesa on its eastern bank. Most of the land north of the river is forested mountains (e.g., Campbell's Ledge) Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 11 run through the easternmost section of the Borough. The borough has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km²), of which 5.5 square miles of land is land and 0.2square miles (0.52 km²) (3.84%) is water. It is part of the Pittston Area School District, which also includes the borough's city of Wilkes-Barre and borough of Scranton. The Borough has a population of 2,816. It has an area of 6.2 square miles, of which 4.4 square miles is land, and 1.3 square miles has water. The city of Scristow, Pennsylvania, is located in the borough and is located just south of the Lackawannas River. It also has a small section of Pennsylvania's Keystone Peninsula, which runs through the east and west sides of the city. The town of Scronton is in the eastern part of Luzersne County, and is home to the town of Pittston.


At the 2000 census, there were 4,634 people, 1,984 households, and 1,297 families residing in the borough. The population density was 841.0 per square mile (324.7/km²). There were 2,151 housing units at an average density of 390.4 per squaremile (150.7 /km²) The racial makeup of the borough was 98.86% White, 0.26% African American,0.11% Native American, 0.35% Asian, and 0.30% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median household income was $32,207, and the median family income is $41,775. The per capita income for the borough is $17,598. About 6.3% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 15.9% ofThose aged 65 or over. The borough is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New Jersey and New Jersey via the Raritan River and the Susquehannock River. It is located in the New York City metropolitan area and is on the U.S. Census Bureau's New York-Newark rail line. It has a population of 4,715, including 1,917 households. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is2.94. The age distribution is 19.1 years old.


The following is a list of government officials from Duryea Borough.Mayor: Jeffery Jef Bauman.Council President: Justin Tonte. Council Vice-President: John Rowlands. Councilors: Edward "Ed" Ameika, Allison Brudzinski, Stephanie Shupp, Jeanne Zinkavich, James "Jim" Gromelski. Council Officers: Edward 'Ed' Ameika (President), James 'Jim' Gromeltski (Vice-President), Allison 'Stephanie' Shupp (Treasurer), Jeanne 'Steph' ZINKavich (Councilor). Councilors are elected to a four-year term. Mayor is Jeffery Bauman, Council President is Justin Tonne, Council Vice President is John Rowland. Councilor is Edward'ed Ameika. Council Officer is James 'James' Gomelski, Councilor: Allison'stephanie Shupp. Councillor: Jeanne "Steph" Zinksavich. Council President: John 'Stephy' Zinksvich, Council Officer: John "Stephy" Rowland, Council Member: John Zinkvich. Mayor and Councilor are elected for three-year terms. Council officer is elected for two-year periods. Council president is elected on a four year term. Council vice-president is elected upon the mayor's recommendation. Council member is elected at the end of the council's term. Officer is elected by the council for a three-month term.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania = 72.2. 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 81. 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 50. 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 Duryea = 3.8 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 5,032 individuals with a median age of 45.2 age the population dropped by -6.89% in Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 911.49 residents per square mile of area (351.91/km²). There are average 2.27 people per household in the 1,890 households with an average household income of $41,218 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.50% 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 20.94%. The number of physicians in Duryea per 100,000 population = 227.


The annual rainfall in Duryea = 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 = 173. 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 56, 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 Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 67.12%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 63 years with median home cost = $92,760 and home appreciation of 6.34%. 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 $13.81 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 $5,573 per student. There are 17.5 students for each teacher in the school, 1118 students for each Librarian and 559 students for each Counselor. 9.77% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 8.75% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.66% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Duryea's population in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania of 1,234 residents in 1900 has increased 4,08-fold to 5,032 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.53% female residents and 47.47% male residents live in Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 49.45% are single population.

  • 20.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Duryea 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.

    85.93% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.09% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.52% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 0.92% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 67.12% are owner-occupied homes, another 23.80% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.09% are vacant.

  • The 57.34% of the population in Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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