Nuangola, Pennsylvania

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Nuangola is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States, in the northeastern Coal Region. The population was 671 at the 2000 census. Near the borough is a heart-shaped lake called Nuangola Lake.


Origin of name

The name Nuangola probably derives from an Algonquian language spoken by the indigenous American Indians of the area (most likely the Delaware, the region's largest tribe, although some Nanticoke and Shawnee also lived there at the time). According to legend, an American Indian maiden named Nuangola is believed to have drowned in the lake. Another story states that Nuangola is the Indian word for "Three-Cornered Lake" or "Triangular Lake," the latter which was another name for the area prior to it being officially named Nuangola. It has also been proposed that Nuangola means "people of the north."[1]


Nuangola is located at 41°09′26″N 75°58′37″W / 41.157132°N 75.977081°W / 41.157132; -75.977081.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.9 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (12.50%) is water. hf


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 671 people, 259 households, and 193 families residing in the borough. The population density was 594.7 people per square mile (229.3/km2). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 327.9/sq mi (126.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.70% White and 0.30% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 259 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.95.

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