Edwardsville, Pennsylvania

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Edwardsville is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, two miles (3 km) west of Wilkes Barre and also adjacent to the boroughs of Kingston to the north and Larksville to the south. It is strictly a residential place, the population being 5,165 in 1900 and 8,407 in 1910. A substantial decrease in the population has occurred since the population count of 1940, which was 7,998. The population was 4,984 at the 2000 census.


Edwardsville is located at 41°15′58″N 75°54′30″W / 41.26611°N 75.90833°W / 41.26611; -75.90833 (41.266081, -75.908457)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (4.10%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,984 people, 2,345 households, and 1,280 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,233.5 people per square mile (1,630.8/km²). There were 2,587 housing units at an average density of 2,197.4/sq mi (846.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.43% White, 2.57% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 2,345 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.2% were married couples living together, 18.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 78.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $20,000, and the median income for a family was $26,908. Males had a median income of $25,733 versus $21,657 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,464. About 26.9% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.6% of those under age 18 and 28.1% of those age 65 or over.


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