Scranton, Pennsylvania Population 2020

77,218

Scranton is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 77,218, it is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 465th largest city in the United States. Scranton is currently growing at a rate of 0.02% annually and its population has increased by 1.48% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 76,089 in 2010. Scranton reached it's highest population of 143,433 in 1930. Spanning over 26 miles, Scranton has a population density of 3,051 people per square mile.

The average household income in Scranton is $52,859 with a poverty rate of 23.66%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $765 per month, and the median house value is $102,300. The median age in Scranton is 36.9 years, 35.1 years for males, and 39.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.0 males.

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.

Scranton Population Statistics

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.

Population Growth in Scranton

The city of Scranton’s population history shows that its most significant rate of growth occurred during the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, the city began to post declines in its population starting 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.

The Lenape tribe first inhabited the area that is now the city of Scranton. 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 city 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 had started to rebuild and revitalize its economy, with many historic properties being transformed into tourist attractions.

Scranton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Scranton was:

  • White: 83.83%
  • Black or African American: 6.08%
  • Asian: 4.94%
  • Two or more races: 3.48%
  • Other race: 1.55%
  • Native American: 0.09%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Scranton, Pennsylvania is 77,218, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 77,182.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 76,089.

Scranton, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020555,165-160-0.03%
2019555,325-160-0.03%
2018555,485-160-0.03%
2017555,645120.00%
2016555,633-2,057-0.37%
2015557,690-2,485-0.45%
2014560,175-1,341-0.24%
2013561,516-2,181-0.39%
2012563,697620.01%
2011563,635-122-0.02%
2010563,7570.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White64,43683.83%
Black or African American4,6726.08%
Asian3,7954.94%
Two or More Races2,6763.48%
Some Other Race1,1881.55%
American Indian and Alaska Native680.09%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander340.04%

Scranton Population Pyramid 2020

Scranton Median Age

36.9


Total

35.1


Male

39.3


Female

Scranton Adults

There are 60,613 adults, (12,806 of whom are seniors) in Scranton.

Scranton Age Dependency

60.8

Age Dependency Ratio

26.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34

Child Dependency Ratio

Scranton Sex Ratio

Female

39,017

50.76%

Male

37,852

49.24%

Scranton Households and Families

Scranton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Scranton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.6%26.4%
All50.1%49.9%
Male42.4%57.6%
Non Family38.1%61.9%
Female32.8%67.2%

50.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All30,3862.3550.1
Non Family13,2821.2638.1
Married10,6193.1773.6
Female4,3693.1332.8
Male2,1163.4542.4

3.07

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

7.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Scranton Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,6385.22%
9th to 12th Grade4,7079.32%
High School Graduate19,78039.17%
Some College9,01417.85%
Associates Degree3,4956.92%
Bachelors Degree7,40514.66%
Graduate Degree3,4566.84%

Scranton Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White39,83335,6189,339
Hispanic5,0223,371460
Black2,5901,993241
Asian2,4311,609652
Multiple Races1,057927182
Other Race70351745
Native American60246
Islander66

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 asian people with a rate of 26.82%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,619$35,666$27,460
Less Than High School$20,870$25,381$17,218
High School Grad$26,873$32,383$20,476
Some College$32,314$37,124$28,023
Bachelors Degree$41,418$44,490$37,127
Graduate Degree$54,312$59,010$53,355

$31,619

Average Earnings

$35,666

Average Male

$27,460

Average Female

Scranton Language

Scranton Language by Age

Scranton Language

82.19% of Scranton residents speak only English, while 17.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.59% of the population.

Scranton Poverty

Scranton Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White51,6658,90017.23%
Hispanic10,5995,42751.20%
Black4,0891,47836.15%
Multiple2,5391,10443.48%
Asian3,71171619.29%
Other1,18830125.34%
Native633352.38%

23.66%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.26%

Male Poverty Rate

25.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scranton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scranton is Native, with 52.38% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Scranton is White, with 17.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.40%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.24%
High School18.33%
Some College14.24%
Bachelors or Greater9.37%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.57%
Male Unemployed39.95%
Female Employed12.25%
Male Employed8.71%

Scranton Income

Scranton Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$39,066$52,859
Families$53,942$64,688
Married Families$69,246$79,595
Non Families$24,473$34,542

Scranton Marital Status

Scranton Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.4%

Male Marriage Rate

35.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Scranton Married by Age and Sex

Scranton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Scranton Marital Status by Race

Scranton Veterans

4,576

Number of Veterans

4,387

Male Veterans

189

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,398
First Gulf War671
Second Gulf War523
Korea517
World War II364
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,1878.03%
Black2788.84%
Hispanic1722.64%
2 or More483.28%
Asian361.26%
Other272.98%

$Scranton Veterans by Education

10.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scranton Employment Status

56.1%

Labor Force Participation

53.2%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

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

66.70%

Born in Pennsylvania

89.44%

Native Born

10.56%

Foreign Born

6.27%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.44% of Scranton residents were born in the United States, with 66.70% having been born in Pennsylvania. 6.27% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202077,218180.02%
201977,200180.02%
201877,182-100-0.13%
201777,282180.02%
201677,2641040.13%
201577,1601,7112.27%
201475,449-389-0.51%
201375,838-189-0.25%
201276,0271000.13%
201175,927-158-0.21%
201076,085-330-0.04%
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%