Introduction to Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, in Lehigh county, is 3 miles N of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 51 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Part of the surrounding Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metro area, the town is not isolated and is home to some 6,588 residents.

Catasauqua History

George Taylor built a Georgian stone house in the area in 1768. The region was originally referred to as "Biery's Port". In 1840, the anthracite iron industry was established which marked the community as the birthplace of the country's Industrial Revolution. David Thomas, known as "the father of Catasauqua", founded Crane Iron Works in the area. He initially christened the community "Craneville". Thomas also founded the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, installed Catasauqua's first public water system, and organized its first fire company. The town was officially named "Catasauqua" in 1854, and incorporated the same year. This name, derived from the Lenni Lenape language, meant "burnt ground", "parched land", or "thirsty ground". In 1917, Catasauqua became the nation's first community to raise $1 million in war bonds. It was thereafter nicknamed "The Million Dollar Town".

Catasauqua and Nearby Attractions

  • George Taylor House
  • Lehigh County Museum
  • Lock Ridge Furnace Museum
  • Nockamixon State Park
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Eckley Miners' Village

Things To Do In Catasauqua

The Biery's Port region and the "mansion district" of Catasauqua are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The George Taylor House, a designated historic landmark, reflects the community's historical heritage. Originally a mining village, the Eckley Miners' Village was transformed into a museum in 1971 and now includes a company store, workers' dwellings, and doctor's offices. The town is also close to several museums like the Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, Lehigh County Museum, National Canal Museum, Haines Mill Museum, and Allentown Art Museum. Opportunities for swimming, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, biking, whitewater boating, and picnicking are available at the Ralph Stover State Park, Beltzville State Park, and Nockamixon State Park.

Catasauqua Transportation

Lehigh Valley International Airport is nearby.

Catasauqua Higher Education

Cedar Crest College, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, and Penn State Lehigh Valley are some of the colleges close to Catasauqua.


Total Population 6,505
Male Share of the Population 44.8%
Female Share of the Population 55.2%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,057
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 41.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,129
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $762
Median House Value $146,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.7%
Irish 13.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Catasauqua Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles N of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Lehigh
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18032
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.654
Longitude -75.475

Catasauqua Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allentown 119,261 $40,756
Bath 2,680 $52,292
Bethlehem 75,004 $58,133
Coplay 3,216 $64,489

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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