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Scranton, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Scranton is the 7th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 76,271 as of July 1, 2017. 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 41.4042 and longitude -75.6659 in Lackawanna County. The formal boundaries for the City of Scranton (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Scranton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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

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Scranton, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 76,271
Daytime Population: Workers 40,882
Daytime Population: Residents 43,164
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 84,046
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 70,787
Population in Familes 51,880
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,484
Population Density2 3,014
Diversity Index3 53


Median Household Income $39,470
Average Household Income $53,894
Per Capita Income $22,256


Total Housing Units 34,388 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,707 (42.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,123 (44.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,558 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $122,147
Average Home Value $145,083


Total Households 29,830
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 16,868
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.03% 0.06%
Households -0.11% 0.0%
Families -0.26% -0.1%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   2.45%

Scranton, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Scranton to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 431 76th
Diversity Index # 103 94th
Median Household Income # 1478 16th
Per Capita Income # 1411 20th

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