Introduction to Easton, Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton county, is 9 miles NE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 51 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's located in Lehigh Valley at the convergence of the Delaware and the Lehigh rivers in the Eastern region of the state. It's bordered by hills on the east, west and the south. Binney & Smith, the maker of Crayola crayons is located in the city. Lafayette College is one of the oldest colleges in the nation. Easton includes attractive architecture.

Easton History

Easton was established in 1739. The Treaty of Easton was agreed to by the British Colonial Government and Indian tribes during the French and Indian War. Easton is regarded as a significant location during the American Revolutionary War. It was one of the first three locations the Declaration of Independence was read in public.

Easton became a primary commercial location during the canals and railroads era of the 1800's. The Delaware, Morris and Lehigh canals were vital for transportation of goods. The railroads replaced the canals for transportation and five railroads served Easton. The city had a strong German heritage. During Prohibition, it was known for nightlife and had plenty of liquor and a large number of brothels.

Easton Attractions

  • Historic downtown area.
  • Crayola Factory is an indoor theme park for kids.
  • National Canal Museum.
  • State Theatre Center for the Performing Arts is a popular venue.
  • The Canal Boat Josiah White II is pulled by mules in the Lehigh Canal.
  • Scenic water front parks are located along the Delaware and Lehigh rivers.
  • Heritage Day.
  • Anatomy Academy.

Easton Activities

Hiking and bicycle riding are popular along the Lehigh River and Canal. The Delaware Canal Path is a National Heritage Trail. The popular Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is located in Lehigh Valley. Blue Mountain Ski Area and Bear Creek Ski and Recreation Area are located in the region. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Middle Delaware National Scenic River are in the county.

Easton Transportation

Air travel is provided at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Easton Higher Education

The city is home to Lafayette College. Moravian College is nearby.


Total Population 26,996
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 11,043
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,653
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,577
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,809


Median Family Income $46,709
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.5%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $909
Median House Value $125,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.7%
Irish 12.6%

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

Easton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18040, 18042, 18045
P.O. Box Zip Codes 18043, 18044
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.688
Longitude -75.221

Easton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.3 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 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Easton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

College Hill (18042)

Forks Township (18040)

Palmer (18043, 18045)

Palmer Township (18045)

Williams Township (18042)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Glendon 424 $52,917

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

Easton Public Libraries

Easton Area Public Library
Easton, Pennsylvania
(610) 258-2917
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Mary Meuser Memorial Library
Easton, Pennsylvania
(610) 258-3040
Library Web Site

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Easton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(215) 250-4000
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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