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Throop, Pennsylvania

Throop is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, adjoining Scranton. Formerly, coal mining and silk manufacturing provided employment for the people of Throop, who numbered 2,204 in 1900 and 5,133 in 1910. In 1940, 7,382 people lived in Throop, Pennsylvania. The population was 4,010 at the 2000 census.


Throop is located at (41.445536, -75.614494).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.1 km²), all of it land.

History & Notable Features

The borough contains a lead-contaminated parcel of land commonly known as the Marjol Battery site. Now owned by Gould Electronics, the empty land was a former battery processing facility closed in April 1982. Since the late 1980s, the federal United States Environmental Protection Agency and the state DEP have worked to clean up contamination in adjacent areas, but a final remedy for the site itself has remained on hold in recent years, as local officials and citizens fight with the government agencies and Gould over the best solution. In the meantime, the landowner has maintained a policy of basic containment and monitoring.

Throop's most popular summertime event is its annual Cow Flop organized by the Throop Booster Club. The Flop serves as a fundraiser for the club and usually raises about $10,000 annually for the Club. The two day event features a parade, fireworks, music, food, and other entertainment. The winner of the annual Cow Flop raffle wins $5,000.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,010 people, 1,709 households, and 1,136 families residing in the borough. The population density was 796.3 people per square mile (307.2/km²). There were 1,813 housing units at an average density of 360.0/sq mi (138.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.98% White, 0.47% African American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 1,709 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,389, and the median income for a family was $38,929. Males had a median income of $30,254 versus $21,275 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,998. About 7.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Throop is part of the Mid Valley School District. The district's two schools, Mid Valley Secondary Center and Mid Valley Elementary Center are located within Throop.


Throop's government consists of one elected mayor and seven elected council members. The current mayor is Stanley Lukowski. The current council members are John Musewicz, Ray Jarosh, Tom Lukasewicz, Jim Barnick, David Repchick, Joe Barone, and Anthony Gangemi.


In the Throop area, Interstate 81 is the main highway. Interstate 84, Interstate 380. and U.S. Route 6 meet I-81 at the Throop Dunmore Interchange in Dunmore near Throop.


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