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Laurel Run, Pennsylvania

Laurel Run, Pennsylvania
Laurel Run, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Laurel Run, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Incorporated 1881
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 500
 • Density 97/sq mi (37/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 570

Laurel Run is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 500 at the 2010 census.[1]

Laurel Run is the site of the Laurel Run mine fire, which started in 1915. The mine was then filled in, and that section of town was relocated.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Events 3
  • References 4


Laurel Run is located at (41.217222, -75.841456).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 723 people, 277 households, and 188 families residing in the borough. The population density was 140.9 people per square mile (54.4/km²). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 56.9 per square mile (22.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.45% White, 0.28% African American, 0.14% Native American, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 277 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 112.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,781, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $28,611 versus $24,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,066. About 8.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.


Laurel Run is home to the oldest continuing motorsports event in Pennsylvania. Since 1906, the annual Giants Despair Hillclimb has challenged motorists to race uphill on a mile of East Northampton Street.[7]


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Laurel Run borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Nardone, Ralph (May 30, 2006). "Giant's Despair Hill Climb marks centennial". Northeast Business Journal (Northeast PA Business Journal). Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
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