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Northampton County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2014: 300,654 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 267,066 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 58,023
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 24,696
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 74,451
Renter-occupied apartments: 30,846 (it was 27,090 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

30%

Land area: 374 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 804 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Northampton County: 100.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (23.0%), Educational, health and social services (16.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 25%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Northampton County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (81.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (10.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.4%)
  • Asian alone (2.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 146,811  (48.8%)
Females: 153,843  (51.2%)
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Northampton County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Northampton County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $60,482 ($45,234 in 1999)

This county:

$60482
Pennsylvania:

$52007

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $795 (lower quartile is $593, upper quartile is $990)
This county:

$795
State:

$675


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $203,000 (it was $118,800 in 2000)
Northampton:

$203,000
Pennsylvania:

$164,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $146,400 - $289,500

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $249,591
Here:

$249,591
State:

$221,511

Townhouses or other attached units: $149,272
Here:

$149,272
State:

$157,348

In 2-unit structures: $102,902
Here:

$102,902
State:

$141,335

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $206,082
Here:

$206,082
State:

$186,490

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $157,109
Here:

$157,109
State:

$212,799

Mobile homes: $50,503
Here:

$50,503
State:

$45,445
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,623
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $607

Institutionalized population: 2,971
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Health of residents in Northampton County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
71.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
43.0% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
98.4% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
74.5% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 199 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 158 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2005: 1812 buildings, average cost: $169,800
  • 2006: 1469 buildings, average cost: $171,200
  • 2007: 962 buildings, average cost: $187,300
  • 2008: 460 buildings, average cost: $173,300
  • 2009: 437 buildings, average cost: $165,600
  • 2010: 377 buildings, average cost: $175,600
  • 2011: 369 buildings, average cost: $166,100
  • 2012: 322 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2013: 343 buildings, average cost: $182,600
  • 2014: 364 buildings, average cost: $223,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,896 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $3,488 (1.8%)

Northampton County household income distribution in 2009 Northampton County home values distribution Northampton County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.9%
(6.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.9% for Black residents, 26.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 42.4% for American Indian residents, 25.1% for other race residents, 23.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.9%
Northampton County:

9.9%
Pennsylvania:

13.7%
(6.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.8% for Black residents, 26.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 39.9% for American Indian residents, 25.2% for other race residents, 23.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 35 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

Area name: Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Northampton County is $636 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $753 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $974 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bethlehem, Easton, Northampton, Wilson, Nazareth, Hellertown, Bangor, Pen Argyl, Palmer Heights, Eastlawn Gardens.

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

2012 air pollution in Northampton County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.230 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.024 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 17.2 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 12.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.002 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Potter County , Susquehanna County , Weld County, Colorado , Rawlins County, Kansas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 17,800
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 12,227 (53% naturalized citizens)

Northampton County:

4.6%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,031
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,366
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,230
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,113
  • 1975 to 1979: 889
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,047
  • 1970 to 1974: 850
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,701

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 54.5%

Northampton County marital status for males Northampton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 62,018
  • One, attached: 20,866
  • Two: 5,501
  • 3 or 4: 5,323
  • 5 to 9: 3,791
  • 10 to 19: 2,105
  • 20 or more: 3,683
  • Mobile homes: 3,403
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 20

Housing units in Northampton County with a mortgage: 43,543 (3,946 second mortgage, 7,449 home equity loan, 225 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 22,678

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Northampton County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic81,45626
Mainline Protestant54,336120
Evangelical Protestant17,79483
Other2,81719
Orthodox2,2005
Black Protestant1562
None138,976-
Northampton County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 52
Northampton County:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.03 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 21
This county:

0.72 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 87
Northampton County:

2.97 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 240
This county:

8.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Northampton County:

8.8%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Northampton County:

30.1%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

8.4%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Northampton County:

Average size of farms: 159 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $44,870
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $227.22
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 11.37%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 36.78%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $45,437
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 78.39%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.60%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $89,116
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.27%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.72
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 35.84%
Corn for grain: 26320 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4981 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 11000 harvested acres
Vegetables: 552 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 399 acres

Earthquake activity:

Northampton County-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 87% 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 45.6 miles away from Northampton County 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 230.3 miles away from the county 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 44.4 miles away from the county 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 270.0 miles away from the county 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 274.2 miles away from Northampton County 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 13.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • PennsylvaniaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 10, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1649): June 30, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1649, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • PennsylvaniaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3235): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • PennsylvaniaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 2, 2005 to April 23, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1587): April 14, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1587, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • PennsylvaniaTropical Depression Ivan, Incident Period: September 17, 2004 to October 1, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1557): September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1557, Natural disaster type: Tropical Depression
  • PennsylvaniaSnowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3180): March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3180, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • PennsylvaniaFlooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 1, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1093): January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • PennsylvaniaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1085): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1085, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • PennsylvaniaWinter Storm, Severe Storm, Incident Period: January 4, 1994 to February 25, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1015): March 10, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1015, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Storm
  • PennsylvaniaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3105): March 16, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3105, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • PennsylvaniaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: July 17, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-400): July 17, 1973, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-400, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Northampton County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (8%)
  • Italy (6%)
  • India (6%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • Portugal (4%)
  • Korea (4%)
  • Vietnam (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Northampton County (%):

  • German (24%)
  • Italian (14%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • Pennsylvania German (5%)
  • Polish (4%)

Northampton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 103,372 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 12,105 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,294 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 10 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 5 (0%)
  • Railroad: 40 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 57 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 41 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 231 (0%)
  • Walked: 5,113 (4%)
  • Other means: 455 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 2,940 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

  • 5,818 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,638 people in nursing homes
  • 621 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 482 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 252 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 166 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 140 people in religious group quarters
  • 128 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 118 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 54 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 54 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 36 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 25 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 20 people in other group homes
  • 15 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 14 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 10 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children

People in group quarters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 2010:

  • 6,416 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,099 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 713 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 579 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 218 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 209 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 157 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 92 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 70 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 52 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 10 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 5 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $61,537.

5.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($44,466 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.10%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($477 average AGI)
Northampton County:

0.07%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

2.82% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($22,340 average AGI)
2.22% relocated from other states ($21,649 average AGI)
Northampton County:

2.22%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lehigh County, PA  1.69% ($39,568 average AGI)
from Warren County, NJ  0.27% ($38,952)
from Monroe County, PA  0.26% ($41,886)
from Bucks County, PA  0.15% ($42,130)
from Carbon County, PA  0.12% ($32,493)
from Hunterdon County, NJ  0.10% ($58,678)
from Montgomery County, PA  0.09% ($42,398)


5.45% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,348 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.45%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($526 average AGI)
Northampton County:

0.07%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

3.07% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($21,748 average AGI)
2.31% relocated to other states ($21,073 average AGI)
Northampton County:

2.31%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lehigh County, PA  1.82% ($37,849 average AGI)
to Monroe County, PA  0.23% ($40,115)
to Warren County, NJ  0.18% ($38,335)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.16% ($34,423)
to Bucks County, PA  0.14% ($44,616)
to Carbon County, PA  0.12% ($33,234)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.11% ($43,993)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.2

Births per 1000 population in Northampton County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Northampton County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Northampton County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Northampton County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Northampton County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 50,493 (43,439 aged, 7,054 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,613 (5%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3995)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2734)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2100)
  • Unspecified dementia (1851)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1454)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1155)
  • Congestive heart failure (907)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (870)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (856)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (784)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.71
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15486.95
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 235.710
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 40554.37

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1036.950
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 919.840
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.51

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 61.08
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 77.15

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.51
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 29.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 17.0
  • Other - 12.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 100.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 46.8
  • Suffocation - 27.2
  • Poisoning - 19.0
  • Other - 7.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 287,115
  • In family households: 242,682 (57,133 male householders, 21,086 female householders)
    60,533 spouses, 82,843 children (77,449 natural, 1,747 adopted, 3,647 stepchildren), 5,292 grandchildren, 2,013 brothers or sisters, 2,852 parents, 2,555 other relatives, 6,307 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 44,433 (15,982 male householders (11,988 living alone)), 19,364 female householders (16,456 living alone)), 9,087 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 10,620 (2,971 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 33,635 2-persons, 18,684 3-persons, 15,755 4-persons, 6,591 5-persons, 2,339 6-persons, 1,215 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 28,444 1-person, 5,595 2-persons, 733 3-persons, 344 4-persons, 186 5-persons, 25 6-persons, 19 7-or-more-persons.

45,063 married couples with children.
12,345 single-parent households (2,848 men, 9,497 women).

89.0% of residents of Northampton County speak English at home.
5.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
4.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (76% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,566,361,000 ($5544 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $24,634,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $803,876,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $420,495,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,300,000
Federal grants: $221,697,000
Federal procurement contracts: $25,266,000 ($3,589,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $85,727,000 ($6,140,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $440,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $126,828,000
Federal Government insurance: $177,015,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 15,724
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 13,298
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,789
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +15,322
Here +53 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Northampton County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 14.88 millions of gallons per day (13% from ground, 87% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 1,060
  • 2000 to 2004: 14,859
  • 1990 to 1999: 12,668
  • 1980 to 1989: 11,254
  • 1970 to 1979: 16,735
  • 1960 to 1969: 12,053
  • 1950 to 1959: 12,925
  • 1940 to 1949: 5,878
  • 1939 or earlier: 33,249
Rooms in houses/apartments in Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 28
  • 2 rooms: 124
  • 3 rooms: 826
  • 4 rooms: 3,844
  • 5 rooms: 10,849
  • 6 rooms: 20,248
  • 7 rooms: 15,326
  • 8 rooms: 12,405
  • 9+ rooms: 10,801
  • 1 room: 792
  • 2 rooms: 1,963
  • 3 rooms: 5,597
  • 4 rooms: 6,908
  • 5 rooms: 4,814
  • 6 rooms: 3,864
  • 7 rooms: 1,644
  • 8 rooms: 965
  • 9+ rooms: 543
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 65
  • 1 bedroom: 1,207
  • 2 bedrooms: 11,585
  • 3 bedrooms: 40,974
  • 4 bedrooms: 17,332
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3,288
  • no bedroom: 1,037
  • 1 bedroom: 8,578
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,710
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,042
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,284
  • 5+ bedrooms: 439
Cars and other vehicles available in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 3,273
  • 1 vehicle: 18,737
  • 2 vehicles: 34,562
  • 3 vehicles: 13,189
  • 4 vehicles: 3,430
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,260
  • no vehicle: 5,352
  • 1 vehicle: 13,232
  • 2 vehicles: 6,655
  • 3 vehicles: 1,209
  • 4 vehicles: 350
  • 5+ vehicles: 292

63% of Northampton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 48% lived in Pennsylvania.

Northampton County:

62.7%
State average:

64.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 180207
  • Northeast: 50134
  • Midwest: 6307
  • South: 8540
  • West: 3170

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $83,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Northampton County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (44.3%)
  • Utility gas (26.9%)
  • Electricity (23.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)
  • Coal or coke (1.9%)
  • Wood (1.1%)
  • Utility gas (35.2%)
  • Electricity (31.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (29.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Coal or coke (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4,397
Here:

14.6%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,692
Here:

11.5%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 9,088
Here:

59.4%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Northampton County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $26,248,000
    Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $11,330,000
  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $15,585,000
    Correctional Institutions: $12,319,000
    Housing and Community Development: $9,887,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $3,604,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,082,000
    Regular Highways: $183,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $56,156,000
    Health - Other: $36,298,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $25,805,000
    Correctional Institutions: $23,615,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,459,000
    General - Other: $6,471,000
    Police Protection: $6,386,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,096,000
    Financial Administration: $5,689,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,685,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,123,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,827,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,057,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $971,000
    Regular Highways: $564,000
    Libraries: $235,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $94,000
    Local Fire Protection: $68,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $103,651,000
    Corporate Bonds: $22,155,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $13,525,000
    Benefit Payments: $7,812,000
    Withdrawals: $719,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $6,744,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Correctional Institutions: $166,000
    Regular Highways: $17,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Public Welfare Institutions: $396,000
    Correctional Institutions: $111,000
    General Public Building: $110,000
    Police Protection: $106,000
    Health - Other: $104,000
    Corrections - Other: $61,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $40,000
    Central Staff Services: $19,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $66,262,000

Northampton County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $19,660,000
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $14,065,000
    From Parent Local Government: $4,862,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $3,920,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $8,413,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $11,422,000
    Interest Earnings: $3,962,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,016,000
    Rents: $38,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $94,445,000
    Health and Hospitals: $49,745,000
    Highways: $2,178,000
    All Other: $2,170,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,850,000
  • Tax - Property: $71,219,000
    Other Selective Sales: $728,000
    Other License: $108,000

Northampton County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,740,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $24,562,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,245,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $67,000

Northampton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $33,442,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $40,693,000
    Total Other Securities: $39,024,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $65,346,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 4,660
  • Number of aged recipients: 454
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,206
  • Number of recipients under 18: 951
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,829
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 880
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,584
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,095
Northampton County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Northampton County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 62 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
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 ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,287$179,1991,307$186,5216,587$183,164734$71,58938$796,684340$127,18849$69,163
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED49$171,429108$197,593592$179,56694$47,7772$398,00026$139,30821$57,143
APPLICATIONS DENIED160$157,688219$172,1832,708$197,114376$49,7697$628,857132$126,88647$65,979
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN141$167,170158$189,1711,620$197,42898$85,5611$227,00067$143,1348$122,250
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS33$154,45530$186,867343$199,03837$86,7840$017$131,7653$75,667
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 56 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED205$220,756152$238,5071$366,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED63$260,22257$238,0002$106,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED31$188,09739$224,1280$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN17$217,29420$232,6500$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$07$255,4290$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Northampton County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3,52874.9 years
Mary3,38681.5 years
William2,37675.0 years
Joseph2,15475.3 years
Anna2,03582.2 years
Helen1,83880.3 years
Charles1,71975.4 years
Robert1,59270.9 years
George1,44875.6 years
Frank1,29076.2 years
Most common last names in Northampton County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith86276.8 years
Miller84677.4 years
Snyder40877.6 years
Jones40276.4 years
Williams34976.1 years
Young32877.9 years
Brown28777.4 years
Johnson25976.3 years
Wagner24476.0 years
Weaver21376.5 years
Businesses in Northampton County, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven6Little Caesars Pizza2
ALDI2Long John Silver's3
AT&T6Lowe's2
Ace Hardware3Marriott5
Advance Auto Parts4Marshalls1
Aeropostale1MasterBrand Cabinets27
American Eagle Outfitters1Mazda1
Applebee's3McDonald's9
Arby's4Motherhood Maternity1
Ashley Furniture1New Balance5
AutoZone2Nike13
Barnes & Noble1Nissan1
Bath & Body Works2Olive Garden1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Outback1
Best Western1Outback Steakhouse1
Blockbuster3Pac Sun1
Burger King8Panera Bread2
CVS14Papa John's Pizza3
Carson Pirie Scott2Pathmark1
Catherines1Payless4
Chevrolet3Penske4
Chick-Fil-A1Pier 1 Imports1
Comfort Inn2Pizza Hut4
Curves3Quality1
DHL2Quiznos1
Dairy Queen3RadioShack6
Deb1Red Robin1
Decora Cabinetry1Rite Aid12
Domino's Pizza1Ruby Tuesday1
Dunkin Donuts16SAS Shoes1
Extended Stay America1SONIC Drive-In1
Famous Footwear1Sam's Club1
Fashion Bug3Sears7
FedEx35Sprint Nextel1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Staples3
Foot Locker1Starbucks3
GNC10Subaru1
GameStop3Subway20
Gap1T-Mobile10
Giant5T.G.I. Driday's1
Goodwill1T.J.Maxx2
H&R Block12Taco Bell2
Hilton2Talbots1
Hobby Lobby1Target1
Holiday Inn2The Room Place1
Home Depot2Toyota1
Hyatt1True Value3
Jones New York6U-Haul16
KFC2UPS37
Kincaid1Verizon Wireless1
Kmart4Victoria's Secret1
Kohl's1Volkswagen1
Kroger8Walgreens4
LA Fitness1Walmart2
La-Z-Boy2Wendy's3
Lane Furniture5YMCA4

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  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
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  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
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  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"