Introduction to Palmerton, Pennsylvania

Palmerton, Pennsylvania, in Carbon county, is 14 miles NW of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 63 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is included in the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 5,248 people lived in Palmerton.

Palmerton History

The region was originally inhabited by tribes of Native Americans. European settlers arrived in the 18th century, and established the villages of "Little Gap", and "Hazard" in the area. They also constructed an underground railroad station. The New Jersey Zinc Company established a zinc smelting operation in 1898 which is now known as the West Plant. In spite of the presence of other industries like garment manufacturing shops, the zinc company remained the largest employer and most significant contributor to the town's economy. The community was named "Palmerton" in honor of Stephen S. Palmer, the then-President of the New Jersey Zinc Company. Palmerton was incorporated in 1912.

Palmerton and Nearby Attractions

  • Eckley Miners' Village
  • Moravian Museum
  • Allentown Art Museum
  • Big Pocono State Park
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

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Artifacts of historical significance are housed in the Haines Mill Museum, Moravian Museum, and Lehigh County Museum. Eckley Miners' Village, an old mining village, now operates as a museum and includes a company store, workers' dwellings, and doctor's offices. George Taylor House is another historic site near Palmerton. Big Pocono State Park, which is spread across 1,306 acres, offers facilities for hiking, picnicking, and horseback riding. Hickory Run State Park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and Beltzville State Park are other popular destinations in the area. Residents of Palmerton also host the Carbon County Fair in August every year.

Palmerton Transportation

Lehigh Valley International Airport is close by.

Palmerton Higher Education

Kutztown University, Cedar Crest College, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Lehigh Carbon Community College are some of the colleges near Palmerton.


Total Population 5,382
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 2,833
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,122
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,945
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,969


Median Family Income $59,875
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 39.3%
Median Gross Rent $695
Median House Value $111,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.1%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 9.9%

Palmerton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NW of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Carbon
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18071
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.801
Longitude -75.61

Palmerton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.3 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 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 34 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 54 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bowmanstown 1,085 $70,625
Lehighton 5,427 $50,393

Palmerton Public Libraries

Palmerton Library Association
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
(610) 826-3424

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Palmerton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(610) 826-3141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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