Swoyersville, Pennsylvania

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Swoyersville is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,157 at the 2000 census. Swoyersville is located within the Wyoming Valley West School District.

The borough of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania was named for mine owner John Henry Swoyer. Originally called Swoyerville, the town held a special vote in the 1950s to decide whether to add an "s" to the town's name. The measure passed and the town name became Swoyersville.

Swoyersville's economy was formerly based on coal mining, until most of the town's mines ceased production in the 1950s. Work continued at the colliery on Main Street in Swoyersville well into the 1960s. In 1972, the town was severely flooded by Susquehanna River in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes. There was great concern at that time, that many of the flooded abandoned mine tunnels, running underneath Swoyersville, would cave-in. Fortunately, the cave-ins never occurred.

A number of professional athletes grew up in Swoyersville, including Adam Comorosky (Pirates and Reds outfielder)Lou Michaels (former kicker for the Baltimore Colts), Walt Michaels (former head coach of the New York Jets), John Paluck (former DE with the Washington Redskins), Joe Holup (forward for the NBA's Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons) and Harry Dorish (MLB pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox).


Swoyersville is located at 41°17′41″N 75°52′36″W / 41.294602°N 75.876684°W / 41.294602; -75.876684.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,157 people, 2,243 households, and 1,484 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,386.4 people per square mile (921.8/km2). There were 2,356 housing units at an average density of 1,090.3/sq mi (421.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.22% White, 0.10% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

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