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Population in 2012: 1,332 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: -4.6%
 

Males: 680  (51.1%)
Females: 652  (48.9%)

Median resident age:  40.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip codes: 17980.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $48,402 (it was $30,037 in 2000)
Tower City:

$48,402
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,396

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $74,666 (it was $48,400 in 2000)
Tower City:

$74,666
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $88,072; Detached houses: $94,639; Townhouses or other attached units: $75,399; In 2-unit structures: $86,775; Mobile homes: $41,635

Median gross rent in 2012: $619.

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Tower City races chart
  • White alone - 1,312 (97.5%)
  • Hispanic - 18 (1.3%)
  • Two or more races - 8 (0.6%)
  • American Indian alone - 5 (0.4%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.07%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.07%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.07%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Tower City: 85.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (41.0%), Dutch (14.7%), United States (8.1%), Irish (6.5%), English (5.3%), Polish (5.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 12/19/1892

Elevation: 800 feet

Land area: 0.31 square miles.

Population density: 4,338 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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For population 25 years and over in Tower City:

  • High school or higher: 85.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Tower City borough:

  • Never married: 31.0%
  • Now married: 52.9%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 8.5%

12 residents are foreign born

This borough:  0.8%
Pennsylvania:  6.0%



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Tower City, Pennsylvania as of September 21, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Tower City to the number of sex offenders is 222 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $997 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $871 (1.3%)

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

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Crime rates in Tower City (2010):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 1 burglary (76.2 per 100,000)
  • 6 thefts (457.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 24.6 (higher means more crime, US average = 266.4)

Crime rates in Tower City (2012):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 2 robberies (149.3 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 2 burglaries (149.3 per 100,000)
  • 0 thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 57.5 (higher means more crime, US average = 257.0)

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.9%
Pennsylvania:

7.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -112 (-7.4%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (43%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (16%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)

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Tornado activity:

Tower City-area historical tornado activity is above Pennsylvania state average. It is 48% greater 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 above Pennsylvania state average. It is 78% 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 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 Tower City 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 76.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/14/1997 at 03:44:11, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 34.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/23/1990 at 01:34:48, a magnitude 3.2 (2.9 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 92.9 miles away from Tower City center
On 8/15/1991 at 07:16:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 59.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

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: 5, Storms: 5, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/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)

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

  • Susquehanna University (about 23 miles; Selinsgrove, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,187)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (about 27 miles; Harrisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 8,838)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (about 29 miles; Middletown, PA; FT enrollment: 2,416)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 30 miles; Bloomsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 8,552)
  • Bucknell University (about 31 miles; Lewisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 3,667)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks (about 34 miles; Reading, PA; FT enrollment: 2,361)
  • Albright College (about 38 miles; Reading, PA; FT enrollment: 2,253)

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

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.3%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% 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:  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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Tower City, PA

Tower City compared to Pennsylvania state average:

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  • Median house value 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.


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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

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


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. (60%)
  • Coal or coke (21%)
  • Electricity (17%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 74.30%
Here74.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchEpiscopal Church
Adherents56.8%17.7%11.0%7.4%0.8%
Congregations27.6%15.5%16.2%16.2%1.3%
NameSalvation ArmyPresbyterian Church (USA)Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesInternational Church of the Foursquare GospelOther
Adherents0.8%0.6%0.5%0.5%3.9%
Congregations0.7%1.7%1.7%1.3%17.8%
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: 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 2007)
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 5$1,960
Streets and Highways 0$0 3$2,262
Other and Unallocable 0$0 8$3,306
Totals for Government 0$0 16$7,528


3.76% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,458 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.76%
Pennsylvania average:

4.99%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($236 average AGI)
Schuylkill County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.12%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Berks County, PA  0.41% ($35,187 average AGI)
from Luzerne County, PA  0.41% ($31,150)
from Carbon County, PA  0.31% ($29,281)


3.39% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,732 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.39%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($227 average AGI)
Schuylkill County:

0.03%
Pennsylvania average:

0.05%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Luzerne County, PA  0.31% ($31,690 average AGI)
to Berks County, PA  0.30% ($32,480)
to Dauphin County, PA  0.26% ($30,014)

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: 40.589444, Lon: -76.550267, 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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