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Kingston is a borough in Luzerne Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker, on the Susquehanna River opposite Wilkes Barremarker. Kingston was incorporated as a borough in 1858. It is part of the greater metropolitan area of the city of Wilkes-Barre. In 1900: 3,846 people lived here; in 1910: 6,449; and in 1940: 20,679 people lived here. The population was 13,855 at the 2000 census.

History

Near Kingston stood Forty Fort, prominent in the Pennamite-Yankee War and in the Revolution. In the vicinity of this fort occurred, in 1778, the famous Battle of Wyoming, in which Tories and Indians battled Connecticut settlers.

Transportation



Geography

Kingston is located at (41.266481, -75.889478) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.71%) is water.

Government

Kingston operates under a home rule charter with seven part-time councilors, a part-time mayor, and an administrator, the chief appointed official.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,855 people, 6,065 households, and 3,372 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,461.6 people per square mile (2,499.7/km²). There were 6,555 housing units at an average density of 3,057.1/sq mi (1,182.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.84% White, 0.77% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 6,065 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,611, and the median income for a family was $45,578. Males had a median income of $34,069 versus $24,482 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,568. About 8.2% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

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