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The Quality Tomato Capital of the World

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Statistics & Facts

The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.
The population of Pittston is approximately 7,739 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,902 (2000), 3493 (2010).
The amount of land area in Pittston is 4.142 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.354 sq kilometers.
The distance from Pittston to Washington DC is 180 miles.
The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 92 miles. (as the crow flies)
Pittston is positioned 41.32 degrees north of the equator and 75.78 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Pittston elevation is 650 feet above sea level.
Pittston per capita income is $ 17,491 (2009).
Pittston median income is $ 30,186 (2009).
The Pittston median home price is $ 91,587 (2009).


in northeastern Pennsylvania about nine miles from Scranton. Other nearby communities include: West Pittston, Hughestown, Yatesville, Exeter Borough, Dupont, Duryea, Laflin and Avoca.
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History & History Related Items

"Pittston was once known as Pittstown, in honor of Sir William Pitt, the same Pitt as in Pittsburgh. Prior to the American Revolution, settlements along the Susquehanna were considered part of the western frontier and were often the victims of scattered Indian attacks. Frequently these attacks were encouraged by Spanish and French agents eager to intimidate English-born settlers. Pitt was the first to convince England to commit enough resources to repel the Spanish and French, and his efforts led to enormous popularity in the colonies. An important river ferry point during the Revolution, Pittstown later became Pittston Ferry, until eventually the ferry and the name were dropped. Many ferries plowed the Susquehanna and Delaware in Pennsylvania's early days, leaving us names like Dingmans' Ferry on the Delaware, Fisher's Ferry near Selinsgrove, and McCall's Ferry south of Lancaster. And Harrisburg, remember, was once called Harris' Ferry."
(from Name Origins of Northeast PA Towns by Mike O'Hara)
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The incorporation of Pittston

1856 (borough), 10 December 1894 (city)


Pittston Tomato Festival
Held each year in August, including a parade, 5K run, games, tomato fights and more. The festival celebrates the heritage of the city in cultivating the tomato leading to the city nickname of Quality Tomato Capital of the World.
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Pittston City Government

City of Pittston
35 Broad Street
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: (570) 654-0513

Pittston Chamber

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce
104 Kennedy Blvd.
P.O. Box 704
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: 570-655-1424

Pittston Organizations

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce
104 Kennedy Blvd.
P.O. Box 704
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: 570-655-1424

Pittston Libraries

Pittston Memorial Library
47 Broad Street
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: 570-654-9565 Pittston


The population of Pittston was:
1890 - 10,302
1900 - 12,556
1990 - 9,389
2000 - 8,104
2009 - 7,553
2010 - 7,739

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 4,029
2000 - 3,902

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 27,103
2009 - $ 30,186

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 3,686
2009 - $ 17,491

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 74,900
2009 - $ 91,587

Pittston is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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