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Scranton, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Scranton is the 7th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 76,512 as of July 1, 2019. Scranton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Scranton is located at latitude 41.409 and longitude -75.6624 in Lackawanna County. The formal boundaries for the City of Scranton encompass a land area of 25.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.23 sq. miles. Lackawanna County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 745 feet.

The City of Scranton (GNIS ID: 1215328) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Scranton: Capouse, Deep Hollow, Harrison, Slocum Hollow.

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Scranton, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Scranton, PA Housing Affordability Index is 125
State of Pennsylvania Housing Affordability Index is 131
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Scranton, PA Wealth Index is 46
State of Pennsylvania Wealth Index is 99
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 76,512
Population in Households 71,195
Population in Families 51,826
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,317
Population Density 3,023
Diversity Index1 57
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $37,862
Average Household Income $54,216
Per Capita Income $21,543
Wealth Index3 46

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 34,735 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,121 (40.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,973 (46.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,641 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $120,090
Housing Affordability Index2 125
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 30,094
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 16,797
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.06% 0.08%
Households 0.01% 0.06%
Families -0.25% -0.11%
Median Household Income   2.21%
Per Capita Income   2.56%

Scranton, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Scranton to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 7 100th
Population Density # 417 76th
Diversity Index # 86 95th
Median Household Income # 1612 9th
Per Capita Income # 1576 11th

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