The town is located on the upper part of the Bolshoy Never River and has a population of around 11,000. During Stalin's rule a well-known Russian priest and philosopher Pavel Florensky lived and worked here in exile.
Skovorodino is connected by the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is also connected by a branch line north to Tynda on the Baikal-Amur Magistral Railway (BAM). It is also the proposed terminus for the first phase of the East Siberia Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline, currently under construction by Transneft.
There is a gas station, grocery store and a small pharmacy on the main road Skovorodino St (ru: ул Сковородино)