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West Pittston, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of West Pittston had a population of 4,598 as of July 1, 2016. West Pittston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Pittston is located at latitude 41.3296 and longitude -75.8 in Luzerne County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of West Pittston (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0.15 sq. miles. Luzerne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 545 feet.

The Borough of West Pittston (GNIS ID: 1215413) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Pittston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Pittston: Fort Jenkins.

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West Pittston, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,598
Population in Households 4,596
Population in Familes 3,455
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density1 5,608
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 2,087
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 1,200
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,377 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,241 (52.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 846 (35.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 290 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $142,596
Average Home Value $167,849


Median Household Income $47,883
Average Household Income $65,530
Per Capita Income $29,753
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.91% -0.56%
Households -0.81% -0.56%
Families -0.99% -0.68%
Median Household Income   1.34%
Per Capita Income   1.87%
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.

West Pittston, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Pittston to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 288 84th
Population Density1 # 101 94th
Diversity Index2 # 830 53rd
Median Household Income # 955 46th
Per Capita Income # 422 76th

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