Palmerton, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2013: 5,348 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +1.9%
 
Males: 2,593  (48.5%)
Females: 2,755  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip codes: 18071.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $47,799 (it was $31,522 in 2000)
Palmerton:

$47,799
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,916 (it was $16,225 in 2000)

Palmerton borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $111,969 (it was $73,100 in 2000)
Palmerton:

$111,969
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $125,904; Detached houses: $137,063; Townhouses or other attached units: $104,573; In 2-unit structures: $178,852; Mobile homes: $43,314

Median gross rent in 2012: $730.

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Palmerton races chart
  • White alone - 5,104 (94.3%)
  • Hispanic - 210 (3.9%)
  • Two or more races - 43 (0.8%)
  • Asian alone - 26 (0.5%)
  • Black alone - 23 (0.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 3 (0.06%)
  • Other race alone - 3 (0.06%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 2 (0.04%)

Races in Palmerton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Palmerton: 100.2 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (23.1%), Irish (7.3%), United States (5.2%), Ukrainian (4.0%), English (3.3%), Dutch (3.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1912

Elevation: 400 feet

Land area: 2.49 square miles.

Population density: 2,149 people per square mile   (low).

Palmerton,PA real estate house value index trend

Palmerton, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Palmerton:

  • High school or higher: 82.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Palmerton borough:

  • Never married: 28.2%
  • Now married: 45.4%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 16.7%
  • Divorced: 9.4%

89 residents are foreign born

This borough:  1.6%
Pennsylvania:  6.0%



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there were 9 registered sex offenders living in Palmerton, Pennsylvania as of March 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Palmerton to the number of sex offenders is 597 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,072 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,981 (2.1%)

Palmerton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Allentown, PA (15.6 miles , pop. 106,632).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (60.9 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Bowmanstown borough, PA (1.6 miles ), Parryville borough, PA (1.8 miles ), Slatington borough, PA (1.9 miles ), Walnutport borough, PA (1.9 miles ), Weissport East, PA (2.1 miles ), Slatedale, PA (2.2 miles ), Weissport borough, PA (2.2 miles ), Cherryville, PA (2.3 miles ).

Latitude: 40.80 N, Longitude: 75.61 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -461 (-8.5%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 586 (20.8%)

Area code: 610

Palmerton household income distribution Palmerton home values distribution

Crime rates in Palmerton by Year
Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 000000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 021100003020
per 100,000 0.037.919.019.00.00.00.00.057.60.036.80.0
Robberies 011110002023
per 100,000 0.019.019.019.018.90.00.00.038.40.036.855.4
Assaults 14312514141720860712
per 100,000 266.6588.1474.7265.9264.2321.7380.2152.6115.30.0128.9221.6
Burglaries 1215291718201521481029
per 100,000 228.5284.6550.7322.9339.7378.5285.1400.576.8152.8184.1535.5
Thefts 128125131689711514096113108161130
per 100,000 2437.62371.52487.71291.51830.52176.42661.11830.72171.02063.02964.52400.7
Auto thefts 9371043308432
per 100,000 171.456.9132.9189.975.556.857.00.0153.776.455.236.9
Arson 010010100000
per 100,000 0.019.00.00.018.90.019.00.00.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 298.9) 186.0281.3272.5168.5166.4188.0213.3135.8190.8102.3208.3203.4

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Palmerton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 9 (8 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.48
Pennsylvania average:

2.59
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.3%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -170 (-3.1%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (23%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Information (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (10%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

Work and jobs in Palmerton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Palmerton, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Palmerton-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 4% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/26/1981, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 2.8 miles away from the Palmerton borough center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 tornado 23.2 miles away from the borough center injured 7 people and caused $1 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Palmerton-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 39.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 227.3 miles away from Palmerton center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 38.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 253.6 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 272.4 miles away from Palmerton center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 29.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Carbon County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Palmerton topographic map

Birthplace of: Jane Jensen - Video game designer, Bill Mlkvy - Basketball player.

Hospitals and medical centers in Palmerton:

  • PALMERTON HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Other, 135 LAFAYETTE AVENUE)
  • PALMERTON DIALYSIS CENTER (185-C DELAWARE AVENUE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Palmerton:

  • BLUE MOUNTAIN HOME HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; LEHIGHTON, PA)
  • GNADEN HUETTEN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 7 miles away; LEHIGHTON, PA)
  • SUMMIT AT BLUE MOUNTAIN NURSING AND REHAB CTR, THE (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; LEHIGHTON, PA)
  • MAHONING VALLEY NURSING AND RE (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; LEHIGHTON, PA)
  • FELLOWSHIP MANOR (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; WHITEHALL, PA)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE WHITEHALL (Dialysis Facility, about 13 miles away; WHITEHALL, PA)
  • REDCO GROUP/SUMMIT HILL,THE (Hospital, about 14 miles away; SUMMIT HILL, PA)

Airports located in Palmerton:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Palmerton:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (about 10 miles; Schnecksville, PA; Full-time enrollment: 4,391)
  • Muhlenberg College (about 16 miles; Allentown, PA; FT enrollment: 2,792)
  • Northampton County Area Community College (about 18 miles; Bethlehem, PA; FT enrollment: 7,195)
  • Lehigh University (about 19 miles; Bethlehem, PA; FT enrollment: 6,565)
  • DeSales University (about 22 miles; Center Valley, PA; FT enrollment: 2,862)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (about 22 miles; Kutztown, PA; FT enrollment: 9,099)
  • Lafayette College (about 23 miles; Easton, PA; FT enrollment: 2,562)

Public high schools in Palmerton:

Private elementary/middle school in Palmerton:

  • ST JOHN NEUMANN REGIONAL SCHOOL (Students: 81; Location: 259 LAFAYETTE AVE; Grades: KG - 8)
See full list of schools located in Palmerton, School District: PALMERTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in Palmerton:

  • PALMERTON LIBRARY (Operating income: $211,548; Location: 402 DELAWARE AVE; 29,966 books; 2,290 e-books; 1,809 audio materials; 3,061 video materials; 41 state licensed databases; 60 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Palmerton: Palmerton Fire Company 1 (A), West End Fire Company 2 (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Mill Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Court: Carbon County Court House - Archives- Office On Aging- Ofc On Aging (401 Delaware Avenue).

Carbon County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 106. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

106
U.S.:

74

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.229. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.229
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 9.03. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 15.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.03
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 2.15. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.15
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 23.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.3
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 17.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 15.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 10.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 15.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.9
U.S.:

9.1

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 0.0632. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0632
U.S.:

0.0147

Drinking water stations with addresses in Palmerton and their reported violations in the past:

PALMERTON MEMORIAL PARK (Population served: 900, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - Between OCT-05-2013 and NOV-05-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-23-2013)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
PALMERTON ROD AND GUN CLUB INC (Population served: 300, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
CHESTNUT RIDGE MHP (Population served: 152, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-27-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-27-2006), St Compliance achieved (OCT-27-2006), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-27-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAR-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-22-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-24-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-22-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-24-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAY-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-09-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUL-13-2012)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In APR-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUN-15-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUL-13-2012)
D WATER COMPANY (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In JUL-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-02-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (SEP-10-2014), St Public Notif received (SEP-10-2014), St Compliance achieved (SEP-10-2014), St Public Notif requested (SEP-10-2014), St Site Visit (enforcement) (SEP-10-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAY-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-30-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-30-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In FEB-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-25-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-25-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-27-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAY-27-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAR-17-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JUL-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (OCT-23-2013)
BLUE MOUNTAIN VIEW (Population served: 114, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-27-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-27-2006), St Compliance achieved (OCT-27-2006), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-27-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAR-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-22-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-24-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-21-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-24-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAY-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-13-2012)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In APR-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUN-15-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUL-13-2012)
  • 30 regular monitoring violations
VILLAGE PROFESSIONAL PLAZA (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 regular monitoring violations
RITAS WATER ICE (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
HEIMERS BREW HOUSE (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Single Sample - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-25-2013), St Site Visit (enforcement) (JAN-25-2013), St Public Notif received (JAN-25-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-25-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-12-2013)
  • MCL, Single Sample - Between APR-2007 and JUN-2007, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-19-2007), St Formal NOV issued (2 times from JUL-19-2007 to JUL-19-2007), St Public Notif requested (JUL-19-2007), St Compliance achieved (2 times from AUG-03-2007 to AUG-03-2007), St Public Notif received (AUG-19-2008)
  • MCL, Single Sample - Between JAN-2007 and DEC-2007, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-20-2007), St Formal NOV issued (APR-20-2007), St Public Notif received (APR-20-2007), St Compliance achieved (AUG-03-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-25-2013), St Site Visit (enforcement) (JAN-25-2013), St Public Notif received (JAN-25-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-25-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-12-2013)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between APR-2007 and JUN-2007, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-19-2007), St Formal NOV issued (2 times from JUL-19-2007 to JUL-19-2007), St Public Notif requested (JUL-19-2007), St Compliance achieved (2 times from AUG-03-2007 to AUG-03-2007), St Public Notif received (AUG-19-2008)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between JAN-2007 and MAR-2007, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-20-2007), St Formal NOV issued (APR-20-2007), St Public Notif received (APR-20-2007), St Compliance achieved (AUG-03-2007)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Palmerton that have no violations reported:

  • SUNNY REST LODGE (Population served: 300, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TOWAMENSING VOL FIRE CO (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • VFW PALMERTON POST 7134 (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • FIRELINE HOTEL (Population served: 40, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 9.2%
(7.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 35.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This borough:  2.4 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  62.7%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  10.3%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Palmerton, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Palmerton compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Banks with branches in Palmerton (2011 data):

  • First Northern Bank and Trust Company: First Northern Bank And Trust Compan at Fourth Street And Lafayette Avenue, branch established on 1907/10/24. Info updated 2012/01/10: Bank assets: $697.3 mil, Deposits: $584.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Palm Bancorp
  • First Niagara Bank, National Association: Palmerton Branch at 372 Delaware Avenue, branch established on 1928/12/28. Info updated 2011/06/09: Bank assets: $32,750.6 mil, Deposits: $19,595.4 mil, headquarters in Buffalo, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 351 total offices, Holding Company: First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
  • National Penn Bank: Palmerton Office at 330 Delaware Ave, branch established on 1925/01/01. Info updated 2008/03/03: Bank assets: $8,395.9 mil, Deposits: $5,879.6 mil, headquarters in Boyertown, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 131 total offices, Holding Company: National Penn Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Palmerton travel time to work - commute Palmerton mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (47%)
  • Electricity (31%)
  • Utility gas (18%)
  • Other fuel (2%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Coal or coke (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Palmerton borough (based on Carbon County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 63.53%
Here: 63.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchEpiscopal Church
Adherents53.1%23.4%12.4%4.1%2.1%
Congregations24.7%24.7%18.3%10.8%3.2%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic ChurchEvangelical Free Church of AmericaLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents1.3%1.1%1.0%0.7%0.7%
Congregations3.2%2.2%1.1%2.2%9.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Carbon County:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Carbon County:

1.27 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Carbon County:

2.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 53
Here:

8.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.1%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Carbon County:

29.6%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.4%
State:

11.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 2$9,235$55,4102$2,436
Other Government Administration 0$0 13$1,350
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$666
Police Protection - Officers 8$36,263$54,3954$3,036
Police - Other 1$2,949$35,3887$3,340
Streets and Highways 4$16,988$50,9640$7,771
Sewerage 3$9,930$39,7200$0
Water Supply 3$11,677$46,7080$0
Other and Unallocable 3$1,999$7,9964$2,564
Totals for Government 24$89,041$44,52131$21,163

Palmerton government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $52,000 ($9.72)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($0.56)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $478,000 ($89.38)
    Police Protection: $407,000 ($76.10)
    Solid Waste Management: $316,000 ($59.09)
    Regular Highways: $228,000 ($42.63)
    General - Other: $211,000 ($39.45)
    Central Staff Services: $69,000 ($12.90)
    Housing & Community Development: $61,000 ($11.41)
    Fire Protection: $54,000 ($10.10)
    Parks & Recreation: $45,000 ($8.41)
    General Public Buildings: $31,000 ($5.80)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $30,000 ($5.61)
    Financial Administration: $20,000 ($3.74)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000 ($1.12)
    Libraries: $5,000 ($0.93)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash & Deposits: $1,633,000 ($305.35)
    Benefit Payments: $37,000 ($6.92)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $68,000 ($12.72)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $26,000 ($4.86)
    Solid Waste Management: $22,000 ($4.11)
    General Public Building: $7,000 ($1.31)
    Police Protection: $4,000 ($0.75)
    Fire Protection: $3,000 ($0.56)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,000,000 ($186.99)

Palmerton government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $495,000 ($92.56)
    Solid Waste Management: $338,000 ($63.20)
    All Other: $35,000 ($6.54)
  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $22,000 ($4.11)
    From Other Government: $8,000 ($1.50)
    From Local Government: $2,000 ($0.37)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $24,000 ($4.49)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $12,000 ($2.24)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $69,000 ($12.90)
    Interest Earnings: $31,000 ($5.80)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $90,000 ($16.83)
    All Other: $76,000 ($14.21)
    General Support: $5,000 ($0.93)
  • Tax - Property: $511,000 ($95.55)
    Individual Income: $350,000 ($65.45)
    NEC: $69,000 ($12.90)

Palmerton government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,442,000 ($269.63)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $110,000 ($20.57)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,475,000 ($275.80)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $77,000 ($14.40)

Palmerton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $69,000 ($12.90)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $778,000 ($145.47)

5.25% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,497 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.25%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($257 average AGI)
Carbon County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lehigh County, PA  0.88% ($36,048 average AGI)
from Monroe County, PA  0.59% ($32,936)
from Northampton County, PA  0.54% ($33,234)


5.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,853 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.08%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lehigh County, PA  0.69% ($38,100 average AGI)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.64% ($29,710)
to Northampton County, PA  0.55% ($32,493)

Strongest AM radio stations in Palmerton:

  • WYNS (1160 AM; 4 kW; LEHIGHTON, PA; Owner: NASSAU BROADCASTING HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WAEB (790 AM; 4 kW; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WLSH (1410 AM; 5 kW; LANSFORD, PA; Owner: J-SYSTEMS FRANCHISING CORP.)
  • WKAP (1470 AM; 5 kW; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTKZ (1320 AM; 5 kW; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ALLENTOWN LICENSEE, L.L.C.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Palmerton:

  • W290AC (105.9 FM; PALMERTON, PA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WAEB-FM (104.1 FM; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWPJ (89.5 FM; PEN ARGYL, PA; Owner: MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WLEV (100.7 FM; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W285DH (104.9 FM; N. WHITEHALL TOWNSHI, PA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, ET. AL.)
  • WBSX (97.9 FM; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDIY (88.1 FM; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: LEHIGH VALLEY COMMUNITY BR/CST ASSOC)
  • WJCS (89.3 FM; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: BEACON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKRF (107.9 FM; TOBYHANNA, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WRTY (91.1 FM; JACKSON TOWNSHIP, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV COMMONWEALTH SYS HGR ED.)
  • WMGS (92.9 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBYX (88.7 FM; STROUDSBURG, PA; Owner: FOUR RIVERS COMMUNITY BROADCASTING CORP)
  • WVIA-FM (89.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATIONAL TV ASSN.)
  • W278AI (103.5 FM; CENTER VALLEY, PA; Owner: BUX-MONT EDUCATIONAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • WKRZ (98.5 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WBHT (97.1 FM; MOUNTAIN TOP, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W224AU (92.7 FM; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WQFM (92.1 FM; NANTICOKE, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WAMT (103.1 FM; FREELAND, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WXLV (90.3 FM; SCHNECKSVILLE, PA; Owner: LEHIGH CARBON COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Palmerton:

  • WFMZ-TV (Channel 69; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: MARANATHA BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WLVT-TV (Channel 39; ALLENTOWN, PA; Owner: LEHIGH VALLEY PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • W07DC (Channel 7; ALLENTOWN/BETHLEHEM, PA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WBPH-TV (Channel 60; BETHLEHEM, PA; Owner: SONSHINE FAMILY TELEVISION CORPORATION)
  • WNEP-TV (Channel 16; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WVIA-TV (Channel 44; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NE PA ED TV ASSOCIATION)
  • WOLF-TV (Channel 56; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: WOLF LICENSE CORP.)
  • WBRE-TV (Channel 28; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, L.L.C.)
  • WYOU (Channel 22; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: MISSION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTVE (Channel 51; READING, PA; Owner: READING BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W46BL (Channel 46; ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM, PA; Owner: MARANATHA BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Palmerton, Pennsylvania:
  • Fatal accident count: 13
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 14
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
  • Fatalities: 14
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 31
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 4
Pennsylvania average:
  • Fatal accident count: 91
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 132
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 27
  • Fatalities: 97
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 227
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 17
See more detailed statistics of Palmerton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 3 meters (10ft)
Total average daily traffic: 7,803
Total average daily truck traffic: 234
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 19,743

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Palmerton)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

7
  • 2 Mi W Weiders Crossing Jct 248 & 783 (Lat: 40.781472 Lon: -75.642694), Type: Tower, Structure height: 37 m, Overall height: 43 m, Call Sign: WPKT383
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.340 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/14/2012, Expiration Date: 09/11/2022, Certifier: A L Brackbill Jr
    Registrant: Industrial Communications, 121 N Sitgreaves St, Easton, PA 18042, Phone: (610) 253-1214, Fax: (610) 253-4504, Email:
  • Towamensing Twp Bldg (Lat: 40.870917 Lon: -75.564083), Structure height: 3 m, Call Sign: WPCD414
    Assigned Frequencies: 169.425 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/18/2013, Expiration Date: 04/27/2023
    Registrant: Pema, 2605 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Phone: (717) 346-3220, Fax: (717) 651-2125, Email:
  • 135 Lafayette Ave (Lat: 40.800083 Lon: -75.602139), Call Sign: KNBL463
    Assigned Frequencies: 35.6400 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/04/1997, Expiration Date: 01/11/2003, Cancellation Date: 04/13/2003
    Registrant: Palmerton Hospital, 135 Lafayette Ave, Palmerton, PA 18071
  • Lat: 40.809806 Lon: -75.629917, Call Sign: WPLF698
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.462 MHz, 464.575 MHz, 464.775 MHz, 469.362 MHz, 469.575 MHz, 469.775 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/22/2012, Expiration Date: 03/26/2022, Certifier: Paul Weiss
    Registrant: Tu Way Mobile Comm Inc, 2350 Schoenersville Rd, Allentown, PA 18103, Phone: (610) 865-3811, Fax: (610) 865-3818, Email:
  • Lat: 40.806750 Lon: -75.526861, Call Sign: WQDW488
    Assigned Frequencies: 466.250 MHz, 461.250 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/15/2005, Expiration Date: 11/15/2015, Certifier: Frederick A Reinhard
    Registrant: Tuway Communications, 2115 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017-2127, Phone: (610) 865-3811, Fax: (610) 865-3818
  • Lat: 40.807722 Lon: -75.590389, Call Sign: KDQ849, Licensee ID: L00820361
    Assigned Frequencies: 461.587 MHz, 461.687 MHz, 462.325 MHz, 463.512 MHz, 464.625 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/09/2012, Expiration Date: 05/30/2022, Certifier: John M Cigan
    Registrant: Horsehead Corp
  • Lat: 40.803139 Lon: -75.609639, Call Sign: WQKI791
    Assigned Frequencies: 461.100 MHz, 462.012 MHz, 463.350 MHz, 464.462 MHz, 464.662 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/05/2009, Expiration Date: 06/05/2019, Certifier: Barry W Scherer
    Registrant: Ecco Communications, 2927 S Pike Ave., Allentown, PA 18103, Phone: (610) 791-5144, Fax: (610) 791-3426, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Palmerton)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Palmerton)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED37$103,18929$97,41489$97,73019$28,7378$76,6252$30,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$08$85,1250$01$55,0000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$122,0005$99,20040$102,1756$46,5003$105,0002$26,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$85,0002$132,50028$115,8212$10,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$07$106,1430$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0209.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED7$86,2862$98,5001$45,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$104,5001$139,0000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$86,0000$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0209.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 13
  • Hazardous Condition: 1

Incident types - Palmerton

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Palmerton, PA
Most common first names in Palmerton, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13272.8 years
Mary10681.2 years
Charles8475.3 years
William6473.1 years
Robert6370.4 years
Helen6378.7 years
Joseph5977.1 years
George5977.5 years
Anna5980.3 years
Frank4776.2 years
Most common last names in Palmerton, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6673.3 years
Snyder3476.9 years
Green3172.7 years
George2877.7 years
Strohl2874.2 years
Serfass2872.3 years
Costenbader2579.7 years
Borger2576.5 years
Miller2073.2 years
Berger1979.7 years
Businesses in Palmerton, PA
NameCountNameCount
H&R Block1Rite Aid1
La-Z-Boy1Subway1
MasterBrand Cabinets1U-Haul1
Quiznos1

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  • #57 on the list of "Top 100 cities with oldest houses (pop. 5,000+)"
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  • #79 (18071) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Welsh first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
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