Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

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Clarks Summit is a borough in Lackawanna County northwest of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,126 at the 2000 census.



The first settler in the area currently known as Clarks Summit was William Clark. Clark had fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War, and as payment for his military service, he was issued 800 acres (3.2 km2) of Pennsylvania land by Congress. Because of disputes between Pennsylvania and Connecticut over the area of land that is now northern Pennsylvania, the land deed issued to Clark was deemed invalid by the Luzerne County land grant office. Clark had no choice but to pay for the land himself. In March 1799, Clark and his three sons moved into a log cabin in the Abington wilderness, located on what is currently the Clarks Green Cemetery. The first school was built in 1893 and was destroyed by fire two years later.[1]. The village of Clarks Summit and an adjacent tract of land were incorporated into the Borough of Clarks Summit on August 30, 1911.


Clarks Summit is located at 41°29′34″N 75°42′18″W / 41.49278°N 75.705°W / 41.49278; -75.705 (41.492878, -75.704904)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,126 people, 2,190 households, and 1,438 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,206.7 people per square mile (1,237.0/km²). There were 2,273 housing units at an average density of 1,421.9/sq mi (548.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.74% White, 0.39% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

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