Olyphant, Pennsylvania

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Olyphant is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, approximately five miles (8 km) northeast of Scranton on the Lackawanna River in the heart of the anthracite region of the State. Once engaged in the shipping of coal as its main source of employment, Olyphant experienced a severe downturn in the twentieth century. Other industries of the past were the manufacturing of blasting powder, iron and steel goods, cigars, silks, etc. In 1900, the population stood at 6,180 people; in 1910, 8,305; in 1920, 10,326; and in 1940, 9,252. The population was 4,978 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Olyphant is located at 41°27′45″N 75°35′44″W / 41.4625°N 75.59556°W / 41.4625; -75.59556 (41.462630, -75.595617)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km²), of which, 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.10%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,978 people, 2,197 households, and 1,348 families residing in the borough. The population density was 925.3 people per square mile (357.3/km²). There were 2,381 housing units at an average density of 442.6/sq mi (170.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.49% White, 0.46% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 2,197 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

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