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Moosic, Pennsylvania

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Moosic, Pennsylvania
Municipal building
Municipal building
Location of Moosic in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Moosic in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Moosic is located in Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Moosic is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 41°21′30″N 75°42′44″W / 41.35833°N 75.71222°W / 41.35833; -75.71222
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJames Segilia[1]
 • Total6.53 sq mi (16.91 km2)
 • Land6.48 sq mi (16.78 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
817 ft (249 m)
 • Total5,719
 • Estimate 
 • Density899.86/sq mi (347.46/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Zip Code
Area code(s)570 Exchanges: 451,457

Moosic (/ˈmzɪk/ MOO-zik[4]) is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, 6 miles (10 km) south of downtown Scranton and 13 miles (21 km) northeast of downtown Wilkes-Barre, on the Lackawanna River.

Moosic is in a former coal-mining region. A few older industries existed at one time, including the manufacturing of canvas gloves and silk products. The population was 5,719 at the 2010 census.


The name "Moosic" probably derives from the Unami language of the Lenape people, meaning "elk place".[5][6][7] The Lenape, a Native American people, are the earliest-known inhabitants of Moosic. The borough was incorporated on December 9, 1898.[8] Before incorporation, the villages of Moosic and Greenwood had been a part of Lackawanna Township.[8] From 1886 to 1987, Moosic was the site of Rocky Glen Park, an amusement park. The former grounds are now a Pennsylvania state historical marker.


Moosic is located in the Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania. In terms of physiography, Moosic is part of the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains. Moosic is located at an elevation of 817 feet (249 m) above sea level.[9] The major body of water flowing through the borough is the Lackawanna River, part of the Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed.[10] Moosic has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which 6.5 square miles (17 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.52%) is water. Moosic has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) with four distinct seasons. Summers are humid and warm, with an occasional heatwave. Winters are cold and snowy.

Culture and contemporary life

Recent developments in Moosic have created a restaurant, retail, and entertainment scene, including Cinemark 20 and XD, a multiplex movie theater, along with several restaurants and hotels. In 2005, a plan to build a large outdoor shopping mall near the theater was announced. The Shoppes at Montage were completed in 2007, consisting of an open-air, outdoor plaza housing over forty stores and restaurants.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a Triple-A (baseball) team in Moosic.[11] They are a farm team of the New York Yankees and play at PNC Field.

Other sites in the borough include the Lackawanna County Visitors Center, a Boy Scouts center, and the Glenmaura complex of upscale houses. Glenmaura National Golf Club is recognized as a PGA tournament course and identified by a major U.S. golf magazine as one of the top 100 courses in the nation.

Directly to the north of the borough is the Toyota Pavilion and Montage Mountain Ski Area, and directly south is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, located in the adjacent borough of Avoca. In 2008, a water park was built on the grounds of Montage Mountain ski resort. Known as Montage Meltdown, the park was completed in June 2009.

The major daily newspaper in Moosic is The Times-Tribune of Scranton. The main television studios of WNEP-TV, the local ABC-TV affiliate, are located in Moosic.

Vehicle traffic is the major mode of transport. Walk Score rated Moosic as car-dependent, as "few amenities are within walking distance."[12] Public transportation is provided by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS).[13] Baseball fans can take a trolley from the Electric City Trolley Museum at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton to a station next to PNC Field.[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20195,832[3]2.0%

As of the census[18] of 2010, there were 5,719 people, 2,363 households, and 1,596 families residing in the borough. The population density was 879.8 people per square mile (339.7/km²). There were 2,500 housing units at an average density of 384.6 per square mile (150.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.3% White, 1% African American, 0.1% American Indian, 1.8% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 2,363 households, out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.6% under the age of 18, 61.6% from 18 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,987, and the median income for a family was $47,703. Males had a median income of $35,878 versus $22,261 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,178. About 4.3% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Demographic profile 2010[18] 2000[19]
One race 99.4% 99.7%
White 95.3% 98.7%
Asian 1.8% 0.5%
Black or African American 1.0% 0.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.1% 0.0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0% 0.0%
Some other race 1.1% 0.3%
Two or more races 0.6% 0.3%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 3.7% 0.5%
White alone 92.8% 98.4%


Riverside School District[20] serves residents of Moosic and neighboring Taylor. Moosic has one elementary school, Riverside Elementary East, which serves both Moosic residents and Taylor residents for the 5th and 6th grades. High school students attend Riverside Jr.-Sr. High school for grades 7-12, which is located across the Lackawanna River in Taylor. Riverside is known for its high school football rivalry with neighboring Old Forge.[21] The two schools are "archrivals", who have "arguably the most fierce rivalry in the Lackawanna Football Conference."[22][23] Old Forge leads head-to-head with a record of 32-30-4.

Notable people

  • Matthew Cartwright, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 8th district
  • Joe Grzenda, eight-year Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Frank Serafini, former member of the PA House of Representatives, from the 114th District


  1. ^ "Officials". Moosic Borough. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "2019 Graduate Returns Home a Multimedia Journalist". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  5. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 297. ISBN 0-8061-3576-X.
  6. ^ Henry Wharton Shoemaker (1919). Extinct Pennsylvania Animals. Altoona Tribune Publishing Company. p. 15. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  7. ^ Horace Hollister (1885). History of the Lackawanna Valley. J. B. Lippincott Company. pp. 278–. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b Pennsylvania. Superior Court; Wilson Conrad Kress; Edward Pease Allinson; William Irwin Schaffer; Albert Barnes Weimer; Spencer Gilbert Nauman (1900). Pennsylvania Superior Court Reports. Banks & Bros. pp. 354–. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Borough of Moosic". Geographic Names Information System. USGIS. 1990. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed -- 02050107". Surf Your Watershed. US EPA. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
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  12. ^ "18507 Walk Score". Walk Score. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  13. ^ "COLTS Bus". Scranton, Pennsylvania: County of Lackawanna Transit System. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  14. ^ "Trolley Museum Hosts Trolley Runs to SWB Yankees Games". Lackawanna County. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  17. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  18. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 10 February 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  19. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 10 February 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  20. ^ "Homepage". Riverside School District. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  21. ^ Myers, Marty (29 September 2012). "Tomasetti runs wild as Old Forge pounds Riverside". Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  22. ^ Fawcett, Joby (9 November 2012). "Riverside-Old Forge rivalry intensifies". Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  23. ^ Fawcett, Joby (28 September 2012). "Old Forge-Riverside rivalry even more intense - if that is possible". Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved 8 March 2013.

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