Hellertown, Pennsylvania

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Hellertown, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Hellertown, Pennsylvania

Hellertown, Pennsylvania, in Northampton county, is 3 miles SE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 44 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. About 5,606 people live in Hellertown, which is part of the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Hellertown History

This area was originally home to several tribes of Native Indians, and European settlers arrived in the 1700s. The community of Hellertown was founded by Christopher Heller in 1742, and named in his honor. He arrived in the Philadelphia area in the late 1730s, and constructed a large log barn, a log house, and outbuildings on his 176-acre property at the foot of Lehigh Mountain. This plantation was called "Delay". The Heller settlement became the community of Hellertown over the years. It was initially situated in Bucks County, and became a part of Northampton County in 1752.

Hellertown and Nearby Attractions

  • National Canal Museum
  • Oscar Hammerstein II Farm
  • Bulls Island Natural Area
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Nockamixon State Park

Things To Do In Hellertown

Hellertown is located close to Historic Bethlehem which encompasses the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 1810 Goundie House, Colonial Industrial Quarter, and Burnside Plantation. Exhibits in the National Canal Museum highlight the development of the anthracite coal and iron industries, and the importance of canals. George Taylor House, Oscar Hammerstein II Farm, and Pearl S. Buck House are some of the places of historic interest near Hellertown. The 24-acre Bulls Island Natural Area features nature trails, and camping areas. Visitors can also enjoy activities like fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and picnicking at the Beltzville State Park, and Ralph Stover State Park. Another popular place to visit is the amusement and water park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.

Hellertown Transportation

Lehigh Valley International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Hellertown Higher Education

Colleges close to Hellertown are Lafayette College, Northampton County Area Community College, Moravian College, and Lehigh University.

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High Points

Hellertown strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 13% Hellertown People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 14% Hellertown Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Hellertown, Pennsylvania

Comparing Hellertown to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 9 8
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 8
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Racial Diversity 2 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 7
Average Household Size 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
Median Family Income 6 8
College Educated Adults 3 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Short Commute Times 4 4
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 7 5
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Housing Recently Built 1 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Hellertown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18055
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.579
Longitude -75.341

Hellertown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.5 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 9.2 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
Distance 22.2 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
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Hellertown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,606 100%
Male 2,645 47.2%
Female 2,961 52.8%
Under 18 1,130 20.2%
18+ 4,476 79.8%
65+ 1,293 23.1%
Median Age 41.5
Average Family Size 2.85
White 5,505 98.2%
African-American 17 0.3%
Asian 11 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 38 0.7%
Mixed Race 31 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 139 2.5%

Estimated Hellertown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,615
Growth 9
Growth % 0.2%

Hellertown Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 30.6%
Pennsylvania German 7.4%
Italian 7%
Irish 7%
Polish 6.5%
Hungarian 6.3%
US/American 6%
Slovak 6%
English 3.7%
Dutch 3.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.8%
Ukrainian 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Welsh 1.2%
Portuguese 1.1%
Slavic 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
Czechoslovakian 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Celtic 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
European 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Slovene 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Hellertown 5,606 $49,604
Bethlehem 71,329 $45,354
Coopersburg 2,582 $51,935
Fountain Hill 4,614 $46,336
Freemansburg 1,897 $48,333
Richlandtown 1,283 $49,423
Riegelsville 863 $55,208

Hellertown Public Libraries

Hellertown Area Library
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(610) 838-8381
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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