Exeter, Pennsylvania

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Exeter is a borough in the Greater Pittston area of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles (16 km) west of Scranton. The borough is in the middle of a fertile agricultural area, and some lumber and coal-mining had been carried out early on. In 1900, the population consisted of 1,948 persons; in 1910, 3,537 persons; and in 1940, 5,802 persons. The population was 5,955 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Exeter is located at 41°19′32″N 75°49′10″W / 41.32556°N 75.81944°W / 41.32556; -75.81944 (41.325530, -75.819353)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.8 km²), of which, 4.7 square miles (12.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (6.25%) is water. It lies on the west side of the Susquehanna River and has two distinct islands: Monocanock and Scovell. It also has a number of smaller islands.

History

The name Exeter derives from the ancient city of Exeter in Devon, England. Numerous other places have also been given the name Exeter.

Noteworthy Information

Mayor Cassandra Coleman was appointed to office in 2008 amid much contention. She is a 21-year-old political science student at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She was recommended for the position to council by her grandfather, Mayor Joseph F. Coyne III, before his passing.

Exeter Borough resides within the Wyoming Area School District. Wyoming Area Catholic School is the town's private school.

A controversial Wal-Mart store has been proposed on Route 11 within the borough. Although the economic, environmental, and transportation-related impacts of a 'big box' store within city limits are of great concern, the community remains polarized. Currently, the city council is weighing the numerous negative impacts against the potential economic gains.[2] A nearby Wal-Mart Supercenter is already under construction in nearby Pittston Township and is already having a negative collateral impact on the community.[3]

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