Scranton, Pennsylvania Population 2019

Scranton is a city located in the state of Pennsylvania. It is located in Lackawanna County and is part of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazelton metropolitan area, which is home to over half a million residents. Scranton serves as the county seat for Lackawanna County. The city stretches across a total area of over 25.5 square miles. The latest population estimates show that Scranton has 77,291 residents, making it the 6th largest city in the state by population. The city has a population density of over 3,053 people per square mile.

The area that is now the city of Scranton was first inhabited by the Lenape tribe. The first European settler to live in the area was Isaac Tripp, who arrived in 1778. During the late 18th century into the 19th century, more settlers came to the area from Connecticut following the Revolutionary War. These settlers worked to build mills and other businesses, establishing a village.

The city began to grow more rapidly in the 1840s with the founding of what would later become the Lackawanna Steel Company. In its earliest years, the company produced rails for railroads in Erie and other areas. The city began to expand with the arrival of the railroad and the influx of immigrants from the end of the 19th century through the early 20th century. Irish, Italian and South German settlers came to call this area home. In the mid 19th century, Scranton was incorporated as a borough. Ten years later, it was incorporated as a city and had a population of 35,000. In the years that followed, the railway system continued to expand, and Scranton earned the nickname “The Electric City” for its electrified trolley system. Coal mines and steel mills continued to propel the population to over 100,000 by the 20th century. However, after World War II, the production of coal and rail traffic declined, leading to a loss of jobs and the closing of many businesses. Beginning in the 1980s, Scranton has begun to rebuild and revitalize its economy, with many historic properties being transformed into tourist attractions.

The last census taken in 2010 showed that there were over 76,000 residents. Over 84% of the people of Scranton are White, 5.45% are Black, 2.98% are Asian, 4.69% are another race, and 2.49% are mixed race. Nearly 21% of the population is under the age of 18, while over 20% are 65 or older. Approximately 15% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Over 83% of the adult population (at least 25 years old) has graduated from high school and over 57% of the residents aged 16 and over work in the labor force.

The city of Scranton’s population history shows that its biggest rate of growth occurred during the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, the city began to post declines in its population beginning in 1940. The population continued to drop at every 10-year census following. The peak population for Scranton was recorded at the 1930 census, when the number reached over 143,000. That number today has nearly been cut in half due to significant declines in population. However, estimates taken from 2016 show that the population is up 1.6% since the 2010 census. This could mean that after many years of population loss, efforts to revitalize the city may prove to be successful.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201777,6054060.53%
201677,199720.09%
201577,1271,7272.29%
201475,400-412-0.54%
201375,812-210-0.28%
201276,022980.13%
201175,924-165-0.22%
201076,089-326-0.04%
200076,415-5,390-0.68%
199081,805-6,312-0.74%
198088,117-14,579-1.52%
1970102,696-8,747-0.81%
1960111,443-14,093-1.18%
1950125,536-14,868-1.11%
1940140,404-3,029-0.21%
1930143,4335,6500.40%
1920137,7837,9160.59%
1910129,86727,8412.44%
1900102,02626,8113.10%
189075,21529,3655.07%
188045,85010,7582.71%
187035,09225,86914.30%
18609,2230.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White64,946
Black or African American4,867
Asian3,625
Two or More Races2,244
Some Other Race805
American Indian and Alaska Native122
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander15

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Scranton Population Pyramid 2019

1,0002,0003,0004,000 Male Population1,0002,0003,0004,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Scranton Median Age

36.3


Total

34.6


Male

37.8


Female

Scranton Adults

There are 60,210 adults, (12,524 of whom are seniors) in Scranton.

Scranton Age Dependency

60.7

Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Scranton Sex Ratio

Female

39,152

51.10%

Male

37,472

48.90%

Scranton Households and Families

Scranton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Scranton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.1%26.9%
All50.2%49.8%
Male41.3%58.7%
Non Family38.6%61.4%
Female31.9%68.1%

50.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Scranton Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,5282.4150.2
Non Family12,7171.2738.6
Married10,6053.2173.1
Female4,2113.2631.9
Male1,9953.5541.3

3.14

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

6.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Scranton Households

Scranton Education

Scranton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,7655.53%
9th to 12th Grade4,7229.44%
High School Graduate19,29938.58%
Some College8,80917.61%
Associates Degree3,3826.76%
Bachelors Degree7,39714.79%
Graduate Degree3,6467.29%

Scranton Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White39,99035,5539,693
Hispanic4,6323,157411
Black2,5551,897182
Asian2,3521,485631
Multiple Races800682140
Other Race47736951
Native American106676
Islander77

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 26.83%.

Scranton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,115$35,253$26,185
Less Than High School$18,999$21,493$16,461
High School Grad$25,404$31,781$18,714
Some College$32,829$36,882$27,629
Bachelors Degree$40,686$43,510$36,476
Graduate Degree$52,932$57,315$50,924

$31,115

Average Earnings

$35,253

Average Male

$26,185

Average Female

Scranton Language

Scranton Language by Age

Scranton Language

82.44% of Scranton residents speak only English, while 17.56% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.82% of the population.

Scranton Poverty

Scranton Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White52,1769,10117.44%
Hispanic9,7735,00751.23%
Black4,2741,61537.79%
Multiple2,12682338.71%
Asian3,55667719.04%
Other80016020.00%
Native1183933.05%

23.60%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.92%

Male Poverty Rate

26.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scranton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scranton is Hispanic, with 51.23% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Scranton is White, with 17.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.85%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.61%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.59%.

Scranton Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.87%
High School18.65%
Some College13.50%
Bachelors or Greater9.45%

Scranton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed41.42%
Female Unemployed39.03%
Female Employed11.78%
Male Employed8.48%

Scranton Income

Scranton Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,683$51,471
Families$51,555$62,357
Married Families$65,444$76,305
Non Families$24,477$34,587

Scranton Marital Status

Scranton Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.8%

Male Marriage Rate

35.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Scranton Married by Age and Sex

Scranton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Scranton Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Scranton Veterans

Scranton Veterans by War

4,601

Number of Veterans

4,424

Male Veterans

177

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,363
First Gulf War671
Korea553
Second Gulf War526
World War II455

Scranton Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,481
65 to 741,101
35 to 54992
55 to 64722
18 to 34305

Scranton Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,2948.23%
Black2267.02%
Hispanic1893.13%
2 or More352.87%
Asian260.93%
Other203.15%

Scranton Veterans by Education

9.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scranton Employment Status

Scranton Employment by Age

56%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

Scranton Employment by Race

Scranton Employment by Education

Scranton Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.39%

Born in Pennsylvania

89.63%

Native Born

10.37%

Foreign Born

6.35%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.63% of Scranton residents were born in the United States, with 66.39% having been born in Pennsylvania. 6.35% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.