West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

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West Hazleton, founded by Conrad Horn, is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 31 miles (50 km) south of Wilkes Barre. In 1900, 2,516 people lived here; in 1910, 4,715 people lived here. The population was 3,542 at the 2000 census.



West Hazleton is located at 40°57′42″N 75°59′56″W / 40.96167°N 75.99889°W / 40.96167; -75.99889 (40.961651, -75.998915)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,542 people, 1,634 households, and 915 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,281.0 people per square mile (882.3/km²). There were 1,834 housing units at an average density of 1,181.1/sq mi (456.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.71% White, 0.56% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 1.02% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.23% of the population.

There were 1,634 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.0% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $28,765, and the median income for a family was $37,476. Males had a median income of $30,139 versus $18,400 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,525. About 7.3% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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