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Created on April 4, 1842, from part of Luzerne County and named for the Wyoming Valley. “Wyoming” is derived from an Indian word meaning “extensive meadows.” Tunkhannock, the county seat was incorporated as a borough on August 8, 1841, and was named for Tunkhannock Creek. The creek’s name means “small stream.”

Wyoming shares with its mother county, Luzerne, the Wyoming Valley tradition of the Connecticut claims, which began in 1754, and the Yankee-Pennamite wars. The Trenton Decree (1782), its acceptance by Connecticut (1786), and the land claimants’ compensation statute (1807) ended the dispute. Although not part of the geologically defined Wyoming Valley, which is in Luzerne County, Wyoming it is one of four counties regarded as making up the historic Wyoming Valley. Connecticut Yankees made up a large percentage of the early settlers. The area experienced the settler exodus known as the Great Runaway following the Wyoming Massacre (a Tory and Indian victory) in 1778. Lacking significant coal beds, the county had primarily a lumber economy until 1900, which gave rise to a leather tanning industry using hemlock bark. Leather manufacture continued after the stands of hemlock were gone. The North Branch Canal passed through the area, and Tunkhannock was on the Lehigh Valley and Nicholson on the D. L. & W. Railroads. Grain and dairy farming gradually increased, and about 1900 dairying replaced lumber as the major product. Also, quarrying, especially of Pennsylvania bluestone, has been profitable. Tanneries used cattle hides and hemlock. The Cyrus Avery Foundry made farm equipment. The absorbent papers unit of Procter and Gamble, established at Mehoopany in 1966, is the county’s biggest employer. Presently, lumber and wood products, women’s apparels, and shoes are other products of this country. Farms cover 29 percent of the land, and dairy products dominate agricultural production.

Wyoming County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 397.2 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 70.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 47.2%. On the 2000 census form, 99.4% of the population reported only one race, with 0.5% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.55 persons compared to an average family size of 3.02 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $57,019. Per capita income grew by 12.7% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 27,808 Covered Employment 9,546
Growth (%) since 1990 -1.0% Average wage per job $37,744
Households (2000) 10,762 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 28.4%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 14,486 Average wage per job $57,019
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.5 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 7.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $31,254 Average wage per job $37,040
Median Household Income (2008) $45,470 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 11.9 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 83.7 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.2%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 15.4 Average wage per job $29,581

Address: 2055 Sr 29 South, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: (570) 298-2195
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 243
Grades: KG-4

Address: Po Box 85, Factoryville, PA 18419
Phone: (570) 945-5153
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 584
Grades: KG-6

Address: Po Box 85, Factoryville, PA 18419
Phone: (570) 945-5181
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 611
Grades: 7-12

Address: 400 Scottsville Road, Mehoopany, PA 18629
Phone: (570) 833-5181
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 192
Grades: KG-4

Address: Rr 2, Dalton, PA 18414
Phone: (570) 378-2525
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 231
Grades: KG-4

Address: 99 Digger Drive, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: (570) 836-8243
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 333
Grades: KG-4

Address: 120 W Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: (570) 836-8223
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 1,026
Grades: 9-12

Address: 200 Franklin Avenue, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: (570) 836-8235
County: Wyoming County
Enrollment: 878
Grades: 5-8