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Nuangola, Pennsylvania

Nuangola, Pennsylvania
Nuangola Municipal Building
Nuangola Municipal Building
Nuangola, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Nuangola, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Incorporated 1908
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 679
 • Density 570/sq mi (220/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 570

Nuangola is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States, in the northeastern Coal Region. The population was 679 at the 2010 census.[1] Near the borough is a heart-shaped lake called Nuangola Lake. Police services are provided by the Rice Township Police Department


  • Origin of name 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Attractions 4
  • References 5

Origin of name

The name Nuangola probably derives from an Algonquian language spoken by the indigenous American Indians of the area (most likely the Delaware, the region's largest tribe, although some Nanticoke and Shawnee also lived there at the time). According to legend, an American Indian maiden named Nuangola is believed to have drowned in the lake. Another story states that Nuangola is the Indian word for "Three-Cornered Lake" or "Triangular Lake," the latter of which was another name for the area prior to it being officially named Nuangola. It has also been proposed that Nuangola means "people of the north."[2]


Nuangola is located at .[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 13.04%, is water.[4]


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 671 people, 259 households, and 193 families residing in the borough. The population density was 594.7 people per square mile (229.3/km2). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 327.9 per square mile (126.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.70% White and 0.30% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 259 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 108.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $41,964, and the median income for a family was $45,833. Males had a median income of $33,000 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,851. About 7.9% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Nuangola is home of the Theatre at the Grove. From the 1930s through the 1950s it was a popular summer stock playhouse. Kirk Douglas, Joseph Cotton, and Jean Kerr, among others, had early roles there. After having been closed for decades, the theatre was restarted in 2006 as a Non-Equity stock theatre. Since then the theatre has produced productions of such shows as Godspell, On Golden Pond,Plaza Suite, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Ring of Fire and A Christmas Carol among others.


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Nuangola borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Nuangola borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ "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. 
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