Scranton, Pennsylvania Population 2022

76,376
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Scranton is a city located in Lackawanna County Pennsylvania. It is also the county seat of Lackawanna County. With a 2020 population of 76,376, it is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 515th largest city in the United States. Scranton is currently growing at a rate of 0.03% annually but its population has decreased by -0.81% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 76,997 in 2020. Spanning over 26 miles, Scranton has a population density of 3,018 people per square mile.

The average household income in Scranton is $55,768 with a poverty rate of 21.83%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $795 per month, and the median house value is $106,700. The median age in Scranton is 37.2 years, 35.4 years for males, and 39.6 years for females.

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 Scrantonwas:

  • White: 80.77%
  • Two or more races: 6.17%
  • Black or African American: 5.71%
  • Asian: 5.07%
  • Other race: 2.10%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
  • Native American: 0.08%
The current population of Scranton, Pennsylvania is 76,376 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 76,997.

Scranton, Pennsylvania Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Scranton Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Scranton Population by Race

Scranton Population Pyramid 2022

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Scranton Median Age

37.3


Total

35.5


Male

39.2


Female

Scranton Adults

There are 60,828 adults, (13,309 of whom are seniors) in Scranton.

Scranton Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

28

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34

Child Dependency Ratio

Scranton Sex Ratio

Female

38,511

50.02%

Male

38,486

49.98%

Scranton Population by Age

Scranton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Scranton Household Types

48.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Scranton Households and Families

3.01

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Scranton Households by Type

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Scranton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Scranton Educational Attainment by Race

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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 30.39%.

Scranton Educational Attainment by Race

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$32,439

Average Earnings

$35,868

Average Male

$29,857

Average Female

Scranton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Scranton Language by Age

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Scranton Language

81.81% of Scranton residents speak only English, while 18.19% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.30% of the population.

Scranton Language

Scranton Poverty by Race

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21.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.55%

Male Poverty Rate

24.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scranton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scranton is Islander, with 70.00% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.13%.

Scranton Poverty

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Scranton Poverty Rate by Education

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Scranton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Scranton Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Scranton Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.4%

Male Marriage Rate

36.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Scranton Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Scranton Marital Status by Race

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Scranton Marital Status

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4,257

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Scranton Veterans by War

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Scranton Veterans by Age

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Scranton Veterans by Race

Scranton Veterans by Education

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7.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scranton Veterans by Education

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56.7%

Labor Force Participation

53.7%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Scranton Employment by Age

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Scranton Employment by Race

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Scranton Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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66.75%

Born in Scranton

90.05%

Native Born

9.95%

Foreign Born

5.68%

Non Citizen

4.28%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.05% of Scranton residents were born in the United States, with 66.75% having been born in Pennsylvania. 5.68% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Scranton Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Scranton Population by Year