Pittston City is located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is situated between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The city gained prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as an active anthracite coal mining city, drawing a large portion of its labor force from European immigrants. The population was 7,739 as of the 2010 census. At its peak in 1920, the population of Pittston was 18,497. The city consists of three sections: The Downtown (in the center of the city), the Oregon Section (in the southern end), and the Junction (in the northern end).
Interstate 81 and US Route 11 pass near Pittston, heading north to Binghamton and south to Harrisburg. Pittston is also located near the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 476, providing a link to Allentown and Philadelphia.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is located in Pittston Township. The airport is served by eight international airlines and has hosted Air Force One on regional presidential visits several times in the past. In the spring of 2002, the airport began offering an increased number of non-stop flights across the nation. Service is provided by Continental Airlines, Delta, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.
Pittston is served by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority and COLTS, which provides bus services to the city and other communities within Luzerne County and Lackawanna County. Martz Trailways also provides commuter, tour, and trip service from Pittston, nearby Wilkes-Barre and Scranton to points east and south, such as Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlantic City.
At present, the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, Canadian Pacific Railway (successor to the Delaware and Hudson) and the Luzerne & Susquehanna Railroad (designated-operator of the county-owned shortline) provide freight service within the city and Pittston Township. A proposed nearby commuter train from Scranton to New York City has received government funding.
Pittston city is located within the Pittston Area School District, which covers Pittston Township, Dupont, Duryea, Hughestown, Yatesville, Avoca, and Jenkins Township.
The Pittston Area School District consists of five schools:
Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center - Dupont (Grades: K)
Pittston Area Primary Center - Hughestown (Grades: 1-2)
Pittston Area Intermediate Center - Pittston (Grades: 3-5)
Martin L. Mattei Middle School - Pittston (Grades: 6-8)
Pittston Area Senior High School - Yatesville (Grades: 9-12)
Private schools There were several Catholic schools in the Greater Pittston area; many have been closed by the Diocese of Scranton due to lack of funding and low enrollment.
Sites of interest in the Pittston area:
- St Mary's Assumption, Pittston
- Holy Rosary, Duryea
- The Ice Box, located in Jenkins Township
- Pittston Memorial Library
- Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
- Pocono Raceway (Long Pond)
- SNO-Montage Mountain Ski Resort (Scranton)
- Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain (Scranton)
- Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre Township)
- Scranton Cultural Center (Scranton)
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Internation Airport (Pittston Township)