Dupont, Pennsylvania

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Dupont is a borough in the Greater Pittston area of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania which neighbors the city of Wilkes-Barre. The population was 2,719 at the 2000 census. Dupont name was originally called Smithville after its first group of settlers. It was a small Polish town where most of the jobs came from the local coal mine industry. Its name was changed to Dupont after the company called Dupont Explosives was built. Dupont Explosives were used in many mines across Northeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th to 20th century. Dupont Explosives was closed after the advancement of technology in gathering coal.


Dupont is located at 41°19′18″N 75°44′47″W / 41.32167°N 75.74639°W / 41.32167; -75.74639 (41.321680, -75.746285)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), all of it land. The borough is served by the Pittston Area School District.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,719 people, 1,228 households, and 789 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,790.9 people per square mile (690.7/km²). There were 1,354 housing units at an average density of 891.8/sq mi (343.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.23% White, 0.44% African American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.11% of the population.

There were 1,228 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the borough the population was spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,317, and the median income for a family was $39,250. Males had a median income of $28,431 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,042. About 4.0% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

The current mayor is Daniel Lello. There are two churches located in the borough as well, Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Church and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

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