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West Hazleton, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of West Hazleton had a population of 4,981 as of July 1, 2020. West Hazleton 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 West Hazleton is located at latitude 40.9587 and longitude -75.996 in Luzerne County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of West Hazleton encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Luzerne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,699 feet.

The Borough of West Hazleton (GNIS ID: 1215412) 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 West Hazleton: West Hazelton.


West Hazleton, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 4,981 (100%)
Population in Households 4,957 (99.5%)
Population in Families 3,805 (76.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 24 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 3,323
Diversity Index2 87


Median Household Income $42,741
Average Household Income $51,673
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $19,105
Wealth Index5 40


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,145 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,053 (49.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 791 (36.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 301 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $80,624
Average Home Value $142,548
Housing Affordability Index3 259


Total Households 1,844
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 1,133
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.79% 0.2%
Households 0.28% 0.06%
Families 0.1% -0.04%
Median Household Income   0.55%
Per Capita Income   0.89%
Owner Occupied HU   0.0%


West Hazleton, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Hazleton to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 260 85th
Population Density # 346 80th
Median Household Income # 1490 15th
Housing Affordability Index # 1408 80th
Per Capita Income # 1709 3rd
Diversity Index # 5 100th

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