Lackawanna County, PA

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Population

211,960

0.491% decline

Median Age

42.2


Median Household Income

$48,380

3.66% growth

Poverty Rate

15.4%


Number of Employees

97,184

0.0278% growth

Median Property Value

$149,100

1.36% growth

About

In 2017, Lackawanna County, PA had a population of 212k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $48,380. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lackawanna County, PA declined from 213,006 to 211,960, a -0.491% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,673 to $48,380, a 3.66% increase.

The population of Lackawanna County, PA is 86.6% White Alone, 6.69% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.64% Black or African American Alone. 8.94% of the people in Lackawanna County, PA speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lackawanna County, PA are University of Scranton (1,606 degrees awarded in 2016), Marywood University (888 degrees), and Lackawanna College (440 degrees).

The median property value in Lackawanna County, PA is $149,100, and the homeownership rate is 65.6%. Most people in Lackawanna County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Lackawanna County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lackawanna County, PA employs 97.2k people. The largest industries in Lackawanna County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,011 people), Retail Trade (11,973 people), and Manufacturing (10,658 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,804), Public Administration ($53,475), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($52,344).

Median household income in Lackawanna County, PA is $48,380. Males in Lackawanna County, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Lackawanna County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,380

2017 value

± $1,117

3.66%

1 Year Growth

± 2.92%

Households in Lackawanna County, PA have a median annual income of $48,380, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,673 in 2016, which represents a 3.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lackawanna County, PA made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Lackawanna County, PA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lackawanna County, PA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lackawanna County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1104.02

  2. Census Tract 1104.03

  3. Census Tract 1104.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lackawanna County, PA was Census Tract 1104.02 with a value of $95,368, followed by Census Tract 1104.03 and Census Tract 1104.01, with respective values of $85,598 and $73,237.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lackawanna County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lackawanna County, PA (31.4k out of 204k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    26,646 ± 1,073

  2. Hispanic

    6,205 ± 475

  3. Black

    2,063 ± 310

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lackawanna County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

97.2k

2017 Value

± 1,875

0.0278%

1 Year growth

± 2.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lackawanna County, PA grew at a rate of 0.0278%, from 97.2k employees to 97.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lackawanna County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,493 people), Sales & Related Occupations (10,600 people), and Management Occupations (8,341 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lackawanna County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lackawanna County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,493 people), Sales & Related Occupations (10,600 people), and Management Occupations (8,341 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lackawanna County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.64 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.54 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lackawanna County, PA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,476), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,096), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,413).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

97.2k

2017 Value

± 1,875

0.0278%

1 Year growth

± 2.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lackawanna County, PA grew at a rate of 0.0278%, from 97.2k employees to 97.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lackawanna County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,011 people), Retail Trade (11,973 people), and Manufacturing (10,658 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lackawanna County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Lackawanna County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lackawanna County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,011 people), Retail Trade (11,973 people), and Manufacturing (10,658 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lackawanna County, PA has an unusually high number of Wholesale Trade (1.31 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.23 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lackawanna County, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,804), Public Administration ($53,475), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($52,344).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $50.6B and Pharmaceuticals and $49.7B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.4% of the population of Lackawanna County, PA has health coverage, with 50.3% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 0.854% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lackawanna County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Lackawanna County, PA see 1341 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.03% decrease from the previous year (1355 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1321 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 677 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,341 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lackawanna County, PA see an average of 1,341 patients per year. This represents a 1.03% decrease from the previous year (1,355 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lackawanna County, PA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.62%

Uninsured

50.3%

Employer Coverage

16.9%

Medicaid

14.4%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

0.854%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lackawanna County, PA declined by 16.6% from 6.74% to 5.62%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lackawanna County, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lackawanna County, PA is home to a population of 212k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.36% of Lackawanna County, PA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lackawanna County, PA is composed of 184k White Alone residents (86.6%), 14.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.69%), 5.59k Black or African American Alone residents (2.64%), 5.29k Asian Alone residents (2.5%), 2.89k Two or More Races residents (1.36%), 192 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0906%), 146 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0689%), and 28 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0132%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lackawanna County, PA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (8,099 speakers), Other Indic Languages (1,423 speakers), and Italian (1,374 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lackawanna County, PA was 42.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Lackawanna County, PA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Lackawanna County, PA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.36%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.11%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.36% of Lackawanna County, PA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lackawanna County, PA was 5.11%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lackawanna County, PA was India, the natal country of 81,562 Lackawanna County, PA residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Lackawanna County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lackawanna County, PA was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    184k ± 130

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    14.2k ± 735

  3. Black or African American Alone

    5.59k ± 340

In 2017, there were 13 times more White Alone residents (184k people) in Lackawanna County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.2k Hispanic or Latino and 5.59k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lackawanna County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    8,099 speakers (4.01%)

  2. Other Indic Languages

    1,423 speakers (0.704%)

  3. Italian

    1,374 speakers (0.68%)

8.94% of Lackawanna County, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lackawanna County, PA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 4.01% of the overall population of Lackawanna County, PA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.704% speak Other Indic Languages and 0.68% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,697 ± 290

  2. Korea

    1,637 ± 209

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,608 ± 268

Lackawanna County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lackawanna County, PA awarded 4,127 degrees. The student population of Lackawanna County, PA is skewed towards women, with 5,487 male students and 7,732 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lackawanna County, PA are White (3,204 and 80.3%), followed by Unknown (227 and 5.69%), Hispanic or Latino (222 and 5.56%), and Black or African American (176 and 4.41%).

The largest universities in Lackawanna County, PA by number of degrees awarded are University of Scranton (1,606 and 38.9%), Marywood University (888 and 21.5%), and Lackawanna College (440 and 10.7%).

The most popular majors in Lackawanna County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (184 and 4.46%), Registered Nursing (160 and 3.88%), and Accounting (133 and 3.22%).

The median tuition costs in Lackawanna County, PA are $26,880 for private four year colleges, and $13,174 and $20,608 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 112 degrees awarded

  2. 105 degrees awarded

  3. 112 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lackawanna County, PA was Registered Nursing with 112 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lackawanna County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,606 degrees awarded

  2. 888 degrees awarded

  3. 440 degrees awarded

$13,174

Median In-State Public

$26,880

Median Private

In 2016, the Lackawanna County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Scranton with 1,606 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,661

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,466

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,661 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lackawanna County, PA, which is 0.674 times less than the 2,466 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,204 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    227 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    222 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lackawanna County, PA were to White students. These 3,204 degrees mean that there were 14.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 227 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lackawanna County, PA was $149,100 in 2017, which is 0.685 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $147,100 to $149,100, a 1.36% increase. The homeownership rate in Lackawanna County, PA is 65.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lackawanna County, PA have an average commute time of 20.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lackawanna County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,380

Median Household Income

± $1,117

85.9k

Number of Households

± 1,794

In 2017, the median household income of the 85.9k households in Lackawanna County, PA grew to $48,380 from the previous year's value of $46,673.

The following chart displays the households in Lackawanna County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$149,100

2017 Median

± $2,667

$147,100

2016 Median

± $3,046

In 2017, the median property value in Lackawanna County, PA grew to to $149,100 from the previous year's value of $147,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lackawanna County, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lackawanna County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lackawanna County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lackawanna County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

65.6%

2017 Homeownership

65.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.6% of the housing units in Lackawanna County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lackawanna County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lackawanna County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lackawanna County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lackawanna County, PA have a shorter commute time (20.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.67% of the workforce in Lackawanna County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.8%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.74%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lackawanna County, PA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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