Laurel Run, Pennsylvania

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Laurel Run is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 723 at the 2000 census.

Laurel Run is the site of a mine fire which started in 1915. The mine was then filled in, and that section of town was relocated.



Laurel Run is located at 41°13′2″N 75°50′29″W / 41.21722°N 75.84139°W / 41.21722; -75.84139 (41.217222, -75.841456)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 723 people, 277 households, and 188 families residing in the borough. The population density was 140.9 people per square mile (54.4/km²). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 56.9/sq mi (22.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.45% White, 0.28% African American, 0.14% Native American, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 277 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 112.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,781, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $28,611 versus $24,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,066. About 8.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.


Laurel Run is home to the oldest continuing motorsport in Pennsylvania. Since 1906, the annual Giants Despair Hillclimb has challenged motorists to race uphill on a mile of East Northampton Street.[3]

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