Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

Tunkhannock is a borough in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Wilkes-Barre. In the past, lumbering was carried on extensively. Today, many residents are employed by the Procter & Gamble plant in nearby Washington Township. As of the 2010 census, the borough population was 1,836. It is the county seat of Wyoming County.[3] Tunkhannock is in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Borough of Tunkhannock
Downtown Tunkhannock, looking east along Tioga Street (U.S. Route 6 Business).
Location of Tunkhannock in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Tunkhannock in Pennsylvania
Tunkhannock (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W
CountryUnited States
  MayorNorm Ball
  Total0.94 sq mi (2.45 km2)
  Land0.89 sq mi (2.30 km2)
  Water0.06 sq mi (0.14 km2)
692 ft (211 m)
  Density1,959.51/sq mi (756.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)570 Exchanges: 836,996
FIPS code42-77784

The name Tunkhannock comes from the Minsi-Len'api term Ptuk'hanna'unk, which means "Bend-in-river-place," especially to the town's west, upstream at the radical bend called "The Neck."[4] Modern Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, The Tunkhannock Historic District, bounded by Tioga, Pine, and Harrison Sts and Wyoming Ave, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2005.[5]

General information

  • Area Code: 570 Exchanges: 836 and 996
  • ZIP code: 18657
  • Main streets/roads: Route 29 (Bridge Street), Business Route 6 (Tioga Street), Route 6 (Tunkhannock Bypass / Grand Army of the Republic Hwy), Route 92
  • Voting Information: four wards (numbered 1,2,3,4); elected Borough Council
  • Pronunciation: correct is tunk-han'-nock; incorrect is tongue-kann'-uck


Tunkhannock is located at 41°32′27″N 75°56′52″W (41.540836, -75.947703).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square mile (2.3 km²), all of it land.


Skyhaven Airport is a public use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) south of the central business district of Tunkhannock, in neighboring Eaton Township.[7]


Historical population
Est. 20171,742[2]−5.1%

As of the census[11] of 2010, there are 1,836 people, 817 households, and 447 families residing in the borough. The population density is 2,040 people per square mile (787.6/km²). There are 871 housing units at an average density of 967.8 per square mile (378/km²). The racial makeup of the borough is 95.9% White, 0.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 817 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% are married couples living together, 12% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% are non-families. 40.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.15 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the borough the population is spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 57% from 18 to 64, and 20.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43.5 years.

The median income for a household in the borough is $37,071, and the median income for a family is $56,250. Males have a median income of $43,098 versus $31,313 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $23,110. 2.4% of the population and 6.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, none of those under the age of 18 and 8.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


The borough is represented by a council-manager government.


MayorStacy HuberRepublican
Borough ManagerDawn WelchRepublican


Council MemberPartyBorough Ward
Evelyn BaltrusaitisDemocratic2
Marshall DavisRepublican4
Stacy HuberRepublican1
Joseph MyersRepublican3
Robert K. RobinsonRepublican1
Ruby SandsRepublican2
Debra StarkRepublican3
Carl WilliamsDemocratic4


The Wyoming County Historical Society and Genealogical Library offers a major source of research material. The collection includes numerous books on New England ancestry, newspapers dating back to 1797 and census records for Wyoming and surrounding counties from 1790 to 1930. Also on file are records for over 90 area cemeteries and other local history information.

In 1941 artist Ethel Ashton painted on oil on canvas mural, Defenders of the Wyoming Country-1778, for the local post office. It depicted a battle by American settlers and local Native American tribes during the year leading up to Sullivan's March. In 1998, the mural was restored and a documentary was made about it in 2009.[12]

Tunkhannock is the home of the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Robert Helmacy.[13] Tunkhannock is listed as one of the top 10 places to "get away from it all" [14]

In the center of town, the Dietrich Theater serves as a cultural attraction, with 4 screens showing popular new releases as well as hosting film festivals and miscellaneous community activities.

Notable people


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  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. Zeisberger, David. Indian Dictionary: English, German, Iroquois—The Onondaga and Algonquin—The Delaware. Harvard University Press, 1887. ISBN 1104253518, p. 22. “The Delaware” that Zeisberger translated was Minsi-Len’api.
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  6. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. FAA Airport Master Record for 76N (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  8. "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. "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 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  12. Rudolf, Michael. "Post office mural to be in documentary". archives.wcexaminer.com. Wyoming County Press Examiner. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  13. "Symphony debut concert on April 9," Archived 2012-07-17 at Archive.today Wyoming County Press Examiner, March 30, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  14. "Move To These 10 Towns In Pennsylvania If You Wanna Get Away From It All".
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