Larksville, Pennsylvania

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Larksville, Pennsylvania
Location of Larksville in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Larksville in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Larksville is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Larksville in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Larksville is located in the United States
Larksville (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°15′31″N 75°55′38″W / 41.25861°N 75.92722°W / 41.25861; -75.92722Coordinates: 41°15′31″N 75°55′38″W / 41.25861°N 75.92722°W / 41.25861; -75.92722
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total4.86 sq mi (12.58 km2)
 • Land4.70 sq mi (12.18 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
 • Total4,480
 • Estimate 
 • Density936.18/sq mi (361.43/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-41608

Larksville is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is 2 miles (3 km) west of Wilkes Barre on the Susquehanna River (along U.S. Route 11). The population was 4,480 as of the 2010 census.[3]


A map of Plymouth Township in 1864. The eastern part of the township became Larksville.

Larksville was formed from a section of Plymouth Township; it was incorporated as a borough on November 10, 1909. Once known as Blindtown, the community's name was changed to Larksville in honor of Peggy Lark, a former resident.

The borough gained prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as an active anthracite coal mining community, drawing a large portion of its labor force from European immigrants. Larksville was a thriving mining town. Houses were clustered around the collieries. The collieries in the borough were Boston, Loree, Lance, Woodward, and Number 4. At its peak, in 1920, Larksville's population was well over 9,000 people. However, the mining industry in the region collapsed after the 1959 Knox Mine Disaster. The population began to dwindle after its demise. Today, the population is just over 4,000.


A map of Luzerne County school districts. Wyoming Valley West can be seen in orange (near central Luzerne County).

Larksville is located at 41°15′31″N 75°55′38″W / 41.25861°N 75.92722°W / 41.25861; -75.92722 (41.258525, -75.927176).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.6 km2), of which 4.7 square miles (12.2 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 3.24%, is water. The Susquehanna River makes up Larksville’s southeastern border. U.S. Route 11 travels through the southern portion of the borough. Most of the homes and businesses are located in central and southern Larksville. The northern portion of the borough mostly consists of hills, forests, and a few houses. Larksville is part of the Wyoming Valley West School District.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20184,403[2]−1.7%

At the 2000 census there were 4,694 people, 1,808 households, and 1,323 families residing in the borough. The population density was 986.0 people per square mile (380.7/km2). There were 1,939 housing units at an average density of 407.3 per square mile (157.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.93% White, 0.28% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70%.[6]

There were 1,808 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.6% of households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median household income was $35,467 and the median family income was $41,211. Males had a median income of $33,993 versus $21,998 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,196. About 10.2% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Larksville borough, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.