Jermyn, Pennsylvania

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Jermyn, known as "The Birthplace of First Aid in America," is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, on the Lackawanna River, 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Scranton. A productive anthracite coal field was in the region in 1900 when 2,567 people lived here. In 1910, 3,158 residents of Jermyn were tallied. In the early years of the twentieth century, coal mines, cut-glass works, silk, powder, grist, planing, and saw mills, bottling works, and fertilizer factories dotted the borough. The population was 2,287 at the 2000 census. Jermyn is the mailing address of the Lakeland School District. The section of town east of the Lackawanna River and west of the small section of Archbald known as "Nebraska" , East Jermyn is commonly referred to as "Calico Lane" or "The Lane".



Jermyn is located at 41°31′40″N 75°32′50″W / 41.52778°N 75.54722°W / 41.52778; -75.54722 (41.527806, -75.547147)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,287 people, 942 households, and 608 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,931.3 people per square mile (1,132.1/km²). There were 1,012 housing units at an average density of 1,297.1/sq mi (500.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.47% White, 0.74% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 942 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.

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