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Carbondale, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Carbondale is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Lackawanna County at latitude 41.5714 and longitude -75.5048. Lackawanna County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,063 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Carbondale, but most people and references simply refer to it as Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

The P1 Census Class Code for Carbondale indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Carbondale (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Carbondale, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 8,586
Population in Households 8,370
Population in Familes 6,394
Population in Group Qrtrs 216
Population Density1 2,648
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 3,615
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 2,145
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,144 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,977 (47.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,638 (39.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 529 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $79,173
Average Home Value $86,039


Median Household Income $33,448
Average Household Income $42,407
Per Capita Income $17,994
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.82% -0.43%
Households -0.76% -0.42%
Families -0.95% -0.57%
Median Household Income   2.88%
Per Capita Income   3.2%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Carbondale, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carbondale to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 114 94th
Population Density1 # 511 71st
Diversity Index2 # 611 66th
Median Household Income # 1623 8th
Per Capita Income # 1621 8th

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