Pocono Mountains

Pocono Mountains

Pocono Mountains, range of the Appalachian system, c.2,000 ft (610 m) high, NE Pa. Forested and having many lakes and streams, the Poconos are a major resort area. There are year-round recreational facilities, including well-known ski areas. Housing construction has become abundant, and the presence of residents who commute to work in New York and Philadelphia has greatly increased since the late 1970s. Bluestone, a form of sandstone, is quarried there.

Pocono Pines is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,013 at the 2000 census.


Pocono Pines is located at (41.114976, -75.460408). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (9.95%) is water.


Pocono Pines is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains and is home to the communities of Lake Naomi and Pinecrest Lake. Most of the land was originally owned by the Miller family. Frank C. Miller, his brother Rufus W. Miller, and others, bought lands on Tunkhannock Creek (Tobyhanna Creek tributary) in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, organized a corporation known as the Pocono Spring Water Ice Company sometime in the 1890s. In September 1895, a dam was constructed across the creek and water began backing-up forming "Lake Naomi," a lake more than a mile long and about one-third of a mile wide. The Ice Company was granted a 99-year lease for the "the exclusive use of the water and its privileges." It was chartered for the purpose of "erecting a dam, for pleasure, boating, skating, fishing and the cutting, storing and selling of ice."

In 1902, visitors came from many of the surrounding metropolitan areas including New York and Philadelphia. In the same year the first bathing beach was created and some lots on the north side of the lake were subdivided and sold to summer cottagers. A sailing camp for girls was set-up on the northwest side of the lake. A Lutheran retreat, Lutherland, was erected on the southern side of the lake. The Millers and others utilized southern and eastern sides of the lake for swimming, sailing, skating, fishing. In 1921 a boathouse and beach were constructed on the site of today's Lake Naomi Clubhouse. In 1938, a famous Pennsylvania Supreme Court case took place over who owned the water rights to Lake Naomi, as the surrounding lands were soon owned by many different parties. See Miller v. Lutheran Conference & Camp Ass'n, 331 Pa. 241 (Pa. 1938).

In 1963 the Logan Steele family purchased surrounding the lake which eventually was turned into a resort community called the Lake Naomi Club. Logan Steel died in the 1980s and the club is now owned by its members and run by a board of governors. Lake Naomi Club today includes 1400 families who own property surrounding Lake Naomi. Lake Naomi itself is a lake with private beaches and marinas. The Club has a very active sailing organization, 3 pools including a 50-meter outdoor Olympic-sized pool with a breathtaking view of the lake, 18 tennis courts, and full service clubhouse.

There is another community center that lies directly across from Timber Trails (a branch off Lake Naomi) that was recently completed and opened Memorial Day weekend of 2007 for all community members to enjoy.

Across the street is Pinecrest Lake, another resort community.

At some point Naomi Pines was renamed Pocono Pines. The main thoroughfare through the current Village of Pocono Pines is Route 940 on which you'll find one traffic light with one gas station and a few surrounding businesses.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,013 people, 437 households, and 298 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 254.5 people per square mile (98.3/km²). There were 1,864 housing units at an average density of 468.4/sq mi (180.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.04% White, 1.68% African American, 0.49% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.76% of the population.

There were 437 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,063, and the median income for a family was $45,294. Males had a median income of $33,906 versus $24,063 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,890. About 11.6% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


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