Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

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Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, in Northumberland county, is 40 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 88 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of approximately 6,390.

Mount Carmel History

On August 22, 1749, this region was purchased from the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederation. The area now known as Mount Carmel was originally settled by Europeans in 1770. Prior to this, various tribes of the Iroquois nation inhabited the region. In 1812, Richard Yarnall constructed the Mount Carmel Inn, which was strategically located midway between Pottsville and Danville on the Centre Turnpike. Following the completion of the Philadelphia and Sunbury Railroad in 1854, a number of collieries were established in the community. Mount Carmel was incorporated as a township on November 14, 1854. The Borough of Mount Carmel was incorporated as a part of this township on November 3rd, 1862.

Mount Carmel and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Joseph Priestley House
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania
  • Williams Grove Amusement Park
  • Swatara State Park

Things To Do In Mount Carmel

The history of Mount Carmel, which was once a part of the anthracite coal mining region, is depicted through exhibits at the Museum of Anthracite Mining. The community also offers easy access to various historic sites and museums like the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Hershey Museum, Slifer House Museum, Joseph Priestley House, and John O'Hara House. The Swatara State Park, Locust Lake State Park, and Shikellamy State Park offer opportunities for boating, biking, hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding. Once known as "The City of Churches", Mount Carmel is home to more than twenty,some of which are the United Presbyterian Church, St Michael's Orthodox Church, First Church of God, and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Among other popular destinations in the area are Williams Grove Amusement Park, Hershey's Chocolate World, and Indian Echo Caverns.

Mount Carmel Transportation

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Mount Carmel Higher Education

Bloomsburg University, Penn State Schuylkill, and Penn State Hazleton are some of the colleges near Mount Carmel.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Mount Carmel Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Mount Carmel Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

Comparing Mount Carmel 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 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 7
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 2 2
People Above Poverty 2 2
Median Family Income 2 2
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Working at Home 4 5
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Mount Carmel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Northumberland
Standard Zip Codes 17851
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.796
Longitude -76.412

Mount Carmel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 28.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
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Mount Carmel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,390 100%
Male 2,989 46.8%
Female 3,401 53.2%
Under 18 1,257 19.7%
18+ 5,133 80.3%
65+ 1,652 25.9%
Median Age 44.6
Average Family Size 2.86
White 6,298 98.6%
African-American 4 0.1%
Asian 18 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.2%
Other 16 0.3%
Mixed Race 43 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 57 0.9%

Estimated Mount Carmel Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,053
Growth -337
Growth % -5.3%

Mount Carmel 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
Polish 27.5%
Italian 13.8%
Irish 13.1%
German 11.8%
Dutch 4.6%
Ukrainian 4.4%
Lithuanian 4.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
Slovak 2.6%
US/American 2.5%
English 2.2%
Russian 2.1%
Austrian 1.6%
Welsh 1.3%
Pennsylvania German 1.2%
Hungarian 0.9%
Egyptian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
European 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Atlas (17851)
Connersville (17851)
Diamondtown (17851)
Dooleyville (17851)
Merrian (17851)
Natalie (17851)
Strong (17851)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mount Carmel 6,390 $35,217
Ashland 3,283 $34,688
Girardville 1,742 $30,000
Gordon 781 $40,714
Kulpmont 2,985 $34,674
Marion Heights 735 $37,500
Shamokin 8,009 $30,038

Mount Carmel Public Libraries

Mount Carmel Public Library
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Serves 924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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