Laurel Run, Pennsylvania

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Laurel Run, Pennsylvania
A view of Wilkes-Barre from Giants Despair Mountain (in Laurel Run)
A view of Wilkes-Barre from Giants Despair Mountain (in Laurel Run)
Location of Laurel Run in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Location of Laurel Run in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Laurel Run is located in Pennsylvania
Laurel Run
Laurel Run
Location of Laurel Run in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Laurel Run is located in the United States
Laurel Run
Laurel Run
Laurel Run (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°13′02″N 75°50′29″W / 41.21722°N 75.84139°W / 41.21722; -75.84139Coordinates: 41°13′02″N 75°50′29″W / 41.21722°N 75.84139°W / 41.21722; -75.84139
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total5.10 sq mi (13.21 km2)
 • Land5.10 sq mi (13.21 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total500
 • Estimate 
 • Density99.78/sq mi (38.53/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-41848

Laurel Run is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 500 at the 2010 census.[3]


An old image of Laurel Run, a creek in the community.

Laurel Run was incorporated as a borough in 1881. The borough is home to one of the oldest continuing motorsport events in Pennsylvania. Since 1906, the annual Giants Despair Hillclimb has challenged motorists to race uphill on a one-mile stretch of East Northampton Street.[4]

In 1915, a mine fire started in the borough's Red Ash mine. The mine was excavated and the fire was declared extinguished in 1973. Approximately 166 homes, two grocery stores, a church, a school, and a lumberyard were razed and relocated through a program administered by the Appalachian Regional Commission.


Laurel Run is located at 41°13′2″N 75°50′29″W / 41.21722°N 75.84139°W / 41.21722; -75.84139 (41.217222, -75.841456).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2), all of it land. The borough is scarcely populated. Most of Laurel Run consists of mountainous forests. Laurel Run, a tributary of Mill Creek, flows through much of the borough.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)509[2]1.8%

At the 2000 census there were 723 people, 277 households, and 188 families living in the borough. The population density was 140.9 people per square mile (54.4/km2). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 56.9 per square mile (22.0/km2).[7] The racial makeup of the borough was 99.45% White, 0.28% African American, 0.14% Native American, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 277 households, 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.4% of households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 112.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.6 males.

The median household income was $35,781 and the median family income was $40,455. Males had a median income of $28,611 versus $24,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,066. About 8.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Laurel Run borough, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Nardone, Ralph (May 30, 2006). "Giant's Despair Hill Climb marks centennial". Northeast Business Journal. Northeast PA Business Journal. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "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.

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