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18503, 18504, 18505, 18508, 18509, 18510

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The population of Scranton is approximately 81,805 (1990), 76089 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 35,357 (1990), 30069 (2010).

The amount of land area in Scranton is 65.31 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.556 sq kilometers.
The distance from Scranton to Washington DC is 187 miles. The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 101 miles. (as the crow flies)
Scranton is positioned 41.40 degrees north of the equator and 75.66 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Scranton location: in northeast Pennsylvania

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The climate for Scranton is seasonal. The Fall foliage season is beautiful.
Scranton average annual snowfall is 50 inches per year.

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Scranton history:

"A string of names preceded Scranton. The first name may have been Capouse (after Capoose - father of Winola - chief of the Munsee tribe, from which Muncy takes its name. Also, note that Capouse Avenue is one block away from Monsey Avenue in the Green Ridge section). Other names included Slocum Hollow (which the Slocum family didn't like one bit), Deep Hollow, Unionville, Harrison, Lackawanna Iron Works, Scrantonia, and almost - but not quite - Armstrong. Slocum and Harrison Avenues still exist, but fortunately the other names are gone. The city was eventually named for George and Selden Scranton who came from New Jersey in 1840, bought most of what is now downtown Scranton for $8,000 and began to smelt iron. The first Scranton in America was John Scranton, a Puritan who landed in Boston in 1637 and originally came from the area of Guilford, England. "
(from Name Origins of Northeast PA Towns by Mike O'Hara)

Before the mid-1800's, Scranton's economy was based mostly on agriculture. Once the city's iron mills were built in the late 1840's, there was a transition from Agriculture to mining as the major sector of the local economy. Things were good in Scranton for the most part during the early years of the 1900's. During the 1920's, however, there was a decline in demand for the economic output from Scranton leading to a major decline which was made much worse when the Great Depression of the 1930's hit.

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Scranton attractions:

A Cultural Guide - A Guide to the Arts and Music, Places To Go, and Things To Do In Pennsylvania and The Big Apple

SurfScranton, the leading online resource for the Scranton, Pennsylvania area! Here we list 800 web sites related to people, businesses, organizations, schools, churches, temples, events, etc. in Scranton, PA and the immediate area.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is just nine mils south of Scranton.

Scranton one of the main anthracite cities in the US. The whole N.E. Pennsylvania is the Anthracite Capitol!

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