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Palmer township, PA map Land area: 10.7 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population: 16,809 (99% urban, 1% rural)
Males: 8,118  (48.3%)
Females: 8,691  (51.7%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 16,504 (14,809 owner occupied, 1,695 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

10%
State:

29%


Races in Palmer township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 92.8%
  • Black: 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 1.8%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 2.3%
  • Two or more races: 0.8%
  • Some other race: 0.1%

Median age of males: 42.7
Median age of females: 44.4

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Average household size: 2.46

Palmer township:

2.5 people
Pennsylvania:

2.5 people

Average family size: 2.91

Estimated median household income in 2009: $71,457 ($55,419 in 1999)
This township:

$71,457
Pennsylvania:

$49,520

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $858 (lower quartile is $703, upper quartile is $967)
Here:

$858
State:

$597

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $245,426 (it was $131,100 in 2000)
Palmer township:

$245,426
Pennsylvania:

$164,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $189,925 - $304,774

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $222,373
Here:

$222,373
State:

$223,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $200,008
Here:

$200,008
State:

$164,518

In 2-unit structures: $279,952
Here:

$279,952
State:

$166,566

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $129,160
Here:

$129,160
State:

$223,507

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $387,564
Here:

$387,564
State:

$225,726
Population density: 1570 people per square mile 
 
 (very high).

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

3.7%
Whole state:

11.0%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

1.8%
Whole state:

5.1%

Cities in this township include: Palmer Heights, Old Orchard.


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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in Palmer township: Easton Plaza (A), Keplers Mill Station (B), Palmer Municipal Fire Department Station 27 - 2 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Palmer Park Mall (1), Twenty-fifth Street Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Palmer township include: Saint Andrews Church (A), Saint Pauls Church (B), Bethel Memorial Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Gethsemane Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoir: Walters Mill Pond (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Schoeneck Creek (A), Bushkill Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Palmer township include: Hackett Park (1), Bushkill Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 884 (75% naturalized citizens)

Palmer township:  5.3%
State:  4.1%

65% of Palmer township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 56% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 32% lived in Pennsylvania.

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

  • This state: 9989
  • Northeast: 4672
  • Midwest: 436
  • South: 556
  • West: 154

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $164,600


Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 3.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Palmer township, Pennsylvania:

  • 203 people in nursing homes
  • 75 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 10 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 4 people in other group homes

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 5,262
  • One, attached: 872
  • Two: 71
  • 3 or 4: 358
  • 5 to 9: 86
  • 10 to 19: 29
  • 20 to 49: 84
  • 50 or more: 103

Housing units in Palmer township with a mortgage: 3,672 (307 second mortgage, 680 home equity loan, 18 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,907

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 250
  • 1995 to 1998: 663
  • 1990 to 1994: 412
  • 1980 to 1989: 837
  • 1970 to 1979: 994
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,095
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,561
  • 1940 to 1949: 468
  • 1939 or earlier: 585

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Palmer township, Pennsylvania:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 59
  • 4 rooms: 152
  • 5 rooms: 834
  • 6 rooms: 1,597
  • 7 rooms: 1,357
  • 8 rooms: 992
  • 9 or more rooms: 798

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Palmer township, Pennsylvania:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 86
  • 3 rooms: 150
  • 4 rooms: 266
  • 5 rooms: 159
  • 6 rooms: 161
  • 7 rooms: 50
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9 or more rooms: 18

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Palmer township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 65
  • 2 bedrooms: 739
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,389
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,409
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 187

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Palmer township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 280
  • 2 bedrooms: 375
  • 3 bedrooms: 233
  • 4 bedrooms: 33
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 6

Cars and other vehicles available in Palmer township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 230
  • 1 vehicle: 1,422
  • 2 vehicles: 2,847
  • 3 vehicles: 898
  • 4 vehicles: 296
  • 5 or more vehicles: 96

Cars and other vehicles available in Palmer township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 103
  • 1 vehicle: 502
  • 2 vehicles: 275
  • 3 vehicles: 39
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5 or more vehicles: 8

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Construction (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4%)
  • Machinery (4%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Computer specialists (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Registered nurses (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Customer service representatives (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Palmer township:

  • German (23.0%)
  • Italian (22.1%)
  • Irish (9.9%)
  • English (6.7%)
  • United States or American (4.9%)
  • Polish (4.7%)
  • Dutch (2.5%)

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

  • India (17%)
  • Italy (12%)
  • Germany (9%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • Colombia (4%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,110 (86%)
  • Carpooled: 847 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 36 (0%)
  • Walked: 69 (1%)
  • Other means: 43 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 182 (2%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (43%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30%)
  • Electricity (25%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

People in group quarters in Palmer township, Pennsylvania:

  • 203 people in nursing homes
  • 75 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 10 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 4 people in other group homes

92.4% of residents of Palmer township speak English at home.
2.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
4.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (72% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (59% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (91% speak English very well, 9% speak English well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 16,501
  • In family households: 14,435 (4,281 male householders, 626 female householders)
    4,353 spouses, 4,431 children (4,128 natural, 82 adopted, 221 stepchildren), 202 grandchildren, 55 brothers or sisters, 172 parents, 153 other relatives, 162 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 2,066 (660 male householders (503 living alone)), 1,157 female householders (1,082 living alone)), 249 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 308 (218 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 2,257 2-persons, 1,164 3-persons, 990 4-persons, 394 5-persons, 79 6-persons, 23 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 1,585 1-person, 219 2-persons, 13 3-persons,

2,937 married couples with children.
416 single-parent households (100 men, 316 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 248
Here:

14.3%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 119
Here:

14.6%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 107
Here:

22.5%
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 (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Palmer township:

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