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Overview

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.

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

Things To Do In Palmerton

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.

People

Total Population 5,352
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,667
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,990
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $707
Median House Value $106,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 9.9%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station PALMERTON
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
Station BELTZVILLE DAM
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
Station FRANCIS E WALTER DAM
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 1,119 $67,955
Lehighton 5,388 $49,416

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

Palmerton Public Libraries

Library
Palmerton Library Association
402 DELAWARE AVE
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
(610) 826-3424

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Palmerton Hospitals

PALMERTON HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
135 LAFAYETTE AVENUE
(610) 826-3141
Emergency Service: Yes

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PALMERTON AREA HS
610-826-3155
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 571 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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