Back Mountain, Pennsylvania

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Back Mountain is a census-designated place (CDP) in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is near the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The population was 26,690 at the 2000 census. The name, "Back Mountain" refers to the CDP's location directly behind the Endless Mountains and it is also a general term for the area covered by the towns of Lehman, Harveys Lake, Dallas, a part of Wyoming, West Wyoming, Trucksville and Shavertown (Trucksville and Shavertown both belong to Kingston Township). Each township or borough in the CDP is independently governed.



Back Mountain is located at 41°19′13″N 75°58′22″W / 41.32028°N 75.97278°W / 41.32028; -75.97278 (41.320230, -75.972645)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 109.2 square miles (282.8 km²), of which, 107.0 square miles (277.0 km²) of it is land and 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it (2.05%) is water.

It is located directly behind the Endless Mountains of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 26,690 people, 9,267 households, and 6,894 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 249.5 people per square mile (96.3/km²). There were 9,997 housing units at an average density of 93.5/sq mi (36.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.45% White, 4.30% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

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