Tower City, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2013: 1,329 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: -4.8%
 
Males: 685  (51.6%)
Females: 644  (48.4%)
Median resident age:  45.2 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years

Zip codes: 17980.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $43,173 (it was $30,037 in 2000)
Tower City:

$43,173
PA:

$52,007

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $22,676 (it was $15,678 in 2000)

Tower City borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $71,104 (it was $48,400 in 2000)
Tower City:

$71,104
PA:

$164,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $86,785; Detached houses: $100,157; Townhouses or other attached units: $56,037; Mobile homes: $25,355

Median gross rent in 2013: $631.

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  • Races in Tower City, PA (2010)

    Tower City races chart
    • 1,31297.5%White alone
    • 181.3%Hispanic
    • 80.6%Two or more races
    • 50.4%American Indian alone
    • 10.07%Black alone
    • 10.07%Asian alone
    • 10.07%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Tower City: 85.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (39.2%), Dutch (13.5%), United States (8.0%), Polish (6.1%), Irish (5.6%), English (5.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 12/19/1892

Elevation: 800 feet

Land area: 0.31 square miles.

Population density: 4,329 people per square mile   (average).

Tower City,PA real estate house value index trend

Tower City, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Tower City:

  • High school or higher: 86.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Unemployed: 5.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Tower City borough:

  • Never married: 29.4%
  • Now married: 54.7%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 7.7%

10 residents are foreign born

This borough:

0.8%
Pennsylvania:

6.2%



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Tower City, Pennsylvania as of May 04, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in Tower City to the number of sex offenders is 666 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $993 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $860 (1.4%)

Tower City satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Reading, PA (37.2 miles , pop. 81,207).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (84.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Reinerton-Orwin-Muir, PA (1.0 miles ), Reinerton, PA (1.0 miles ), Orwin, PA (1.1 miles ), Muir, PA (1.3 miles ), Williamstown borough, PA (1.9 miles ), Valley View, PA (2.0 miles ), Hegins, PA (2.3 miles ), Wiconsico, PA (2.6 miles ).

Latitude: 40.59 N, Longitude: 76.55 W

Area code: 717

Tower City household income distribution Tower City home values distribution

Crime rates in Tower City by Year
Type 2010 2012 2013
Murders 000
per 100,000 0.00.00.0
Rapes 000
per 100,000 0.00.00.0
Robberies 020
per 100,000 0.0149.30.0
Assaults 001
per 100,000 0.00.075.3
Burglaries 120
per 100,000 76.2149.30.0
Thefts 601
per 100,000 457.00.075.3
Auto thefts 000
per 100,000 0.00.00.0
Arson 000
per 100,000 0.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 256.1) 24.657.518.8

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Crime rate in Tower City detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.7%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -112 (-7.4%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (39%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Public administration (16%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (31%)
  • Material moving occupations (16%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (30%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in Tower City, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Tower City-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 0% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/18/1970, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 18.7 miles away from the Tower City borough center killed one person and injured 5 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 7/14/2004, a category F3 tornado 21.4 miles away from the borough center caused $18 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Tower City-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 32.5 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 209.9 miles away from Tower City 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 34.0 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) earthquake occurred 258.7 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 250.1 miles away from Tower 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 305.9 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 Schuylkill County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 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).
Tower City topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Tower City:

  • TREMONT NURSING CT ICF (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; TREMONT, PA)
  • TREMONT HEALTH AND REHABILITAT (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; TREMONT, PA)
  • KEPLER HOME, INC, THE (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ELIZABETHVILLE, PA)
  • VNA HEALTH SYSTEM (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; SHAMOKIN, PA)
  • DAVITA - NORTHUMBERLAND DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; MT. CARMEL, PA)

Airports and heliports located in Tower City:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Tower City:

  • McCann School of Business & Technology (about 18 miles; Pottsville, PA; Full-time enrollment: 3,412)
  • Susquehanna University (about 23 miles; Selinsgrove, PA; FT enrollment: 2,495)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (about 27 miles; Harrisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 13,276)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (about 29 miles; Middletown, PA; FT enrollment: 3,797)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 30 miles; Bloomsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 9,452)
  • Bucknell University (about 31 miles; Lewisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 3,418)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks (about 35 miles; Reading, PA; FT enrollment: 2,605)

Public high schools in Tower City:

See full list of schools located in Tower City, School District: WILLIAMS VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in Tower City:

  • TOWER-PORTER COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Operating income: $25,965; Location: 230 E GRAND AVE; 10,735 books; 135 audio materials; 521 video materials; 41 state licensed databases; 10 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable location: Tower City Volunteer Fire Company 1 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Schuylkill 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 110. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

110
U.S.:

74

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2007 was 0.462. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 16.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.462
U.S.:

0.303

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 5.72. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 16.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.72
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 26.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.8
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 15.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 22.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.9
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 14.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 19.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.2
U.S.:

9.1

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

  • NINOS NY STYLE PIZZA (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.5%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This borough:  2.4 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  65.5%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  7.8%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Tower City, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Tower City compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Banks with branches in Tower City (2011 data):

  • Mid Penn Bank: Tower City Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1934/02/26. Info updated 2007/03/02: Bank assets: $715.4 mil, Deposits: $634.1 mil, headquarters in Millersburg, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc.
  • Susquehanna Bank: Tower City Branch at 800 West Grand Avenue, branch established on 1985/01/03. Info updated 2012/02/28: Bank assets: $14,849.0 mil, Deposits: $10,294.4 mil, headquarters in Lititz, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 308 total offices, Holding Company: Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.
  • Riverview Bank: Tower City Office Branch at 920 East Wiconisco Street, branch established on 2010/09/13. Info updated 2012/01/24: Bank assets: $287.4 mil, Deposits: $246.4 mil, headquarters in Marysville, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 9 total offices, Holding Company: Riverview Financial Corporation

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.6
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

Tower City travel time to work - commute Tower City mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (56%)
  • Coal or coke (20%)
  • Electricity (19%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Tower City borough (based on Schuylkill County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic40,81448
Mainline Protestant37,489144
Evangelical Protestant7,71973
Other1,34610
Orthodox7357
Black Protestant1771
None60,009-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 32
Schuylkill County:

2.18 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
Schuylkill County:

0.95 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Schuylkill County:

3.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 114
Here:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

10.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Schuylkill County:

30.3%
Pennsylvania:

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

9.3%
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
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 7$5,882
Streets and Highways 0$0 4$6,789
Other and Unallocable 0$0 12$9,922
Totals for Government 0$0 23$22,593

3.03% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,818 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.03%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Berks County, PA  0.40% ($35,142 average AGI)
from Luzerne County, PA  0.30% ($28,678)
from Carbon County, PA  0.29% ($29,710)


3.44% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,022 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.44%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

0.02% of residents moved to foreign countries ($171 average AGI)
Schuylkill County:

0.02%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Luzerne County, PA  0.38% ($28,378 average AGI)
to Berks County, PA  0.32% ($36,439)
to Carbon County, PA  0.23% ($24,109)

Strongest AM radio stations in Tower City:

  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKOK (1070 AM; 10 kW; SUNBURY, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WLBR (1270 AM; 5 kW; LEBANON, PA; Owner: LEBANON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHP (580 AM; 5 kW; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WPPA (1360 AM; 5 kW; POTTSVILLE, PA; Owner: POTTSVILLE BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WWSM (1510 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ANNVILLE-CLEONA, PA; Owner: PATRICK H. SICKAFUS)
  • WBAL (1090 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: HEARST RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Tower City:

  • WQKX (94.1 FM; SUNBURY, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEGH (107.3 FM; NORTHUMBERLAND, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WITF-FM (89.5 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WBLJ-FM (95.3 FM; SHAMOKIN, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WYGL-FM (100.5 FM; ELIZABETHVILLE, PA; Owner: SUNAIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WSPI (99.7 FM; MOUNT CARMEL, PA; Owner: H & P COMMUNICATIONS, LTD)
  • WFYY (106.5 FM; BLOOMSBURG, PA; Owner: RADIO FRIENDZ, INC.)
  • WRVV (97.3 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W299AF (107.7 FM; CATAWISSA, PA; Owner: SALT & LIGHT MEDIA MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WLZS (106.1 FM; BEAVER SPRINGS, PA; Owner: STARVIEW MEDIA, INC)
  • WRTL (90.7 FM; EPHRATA, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV OF COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM)
  • WCAT-FM (106.7 FM; HERSHEY, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLGL (92.3 FM; RIVERSIDE, PA; Owner: SUNAIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WROZ (101.3 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WARM-FM (103.3 FM; YORK, PA; Owner: WSBA LICO, INC.)
  • WQLV (98.9 FM; MILLERSBURG, PA; Owner: HEPCO COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPGM-FM (96.7 FM; DANVILLE, PA; Owner: MONTROSE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WIOV-FM (105.1 FM; EPHRATA, PA; Owner: REGENT BROADCASTING OF LANCASTER, INC.)
  • WVLY-FM (100.9 FM; MILTON, PA; Owner: MILTON-LEWISBURG BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNNK-FM (104.1 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

TV broadcast stations around Tower City:

  • WLYH-TV (Channel 15; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: TELEVISION STATION GROUP LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • WITF-TV (Channel 33; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WHP-TV (Channel 21; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WPMT (Channel 43; YORK, PA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • WHTM-TV (Channel 27; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: HARRISBURG TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WGAL (Channel 8; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: WGAL HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)

Tower City fatal accident list:

Jul 12, 2006 08:05 AM, Us-209, Lat: 40.58944, Lon: -76.55027, Vehicles: 4, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Nov 2, 2000 06:42 PM, Us-209, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3

Businesses in Tower City, PA

  • Subway: 1
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