Tower City, Pennsylvania

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Tower City, Pennsylvania

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 8% Tower City Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 15% Tower City Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Tower City, Pennsylvania

Comparing Tower City 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
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Age of the Population 6 5
Well-Paid Single Men 5 4
Racial Diversity 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 5
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 5
Median Family Income 5 4
College Educated Adults 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 9
Short Commute Times 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 7
Affordability of Rents 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Tower City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Standard Zip Codes 17980
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.589
Longitude -76.552

Tower City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LEBANON 2 W
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
Distance 21.2 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 30 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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Tower City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,396 100%
Male 644 46.1%
Female 752 53.9%
Under 18 331 23.7%
18+ 1,065 76.3%
65+ 282 20.2%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 2.92
White 1,380 98.9%
African-American 3 0.2%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 7 0.5%
Mixed Race 6 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 12 0.9%

Estimated Tower City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,343
Growth -53
Growth % -3.8%

Tower City 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 47.7%
US/American 17.7%
Dutch 6.7%
Irish 5.7%
Polish 4.6%
Italian 3.8%
English 3.5%
Pennsylvania German 3.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.8%
Welsh 1.5%
Hungarian 1%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
European 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Orwin (17980)
Porter (17980)
Reinerton (17980)
Rush (17980)

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)
Tower City 1,396 $39,219
Gratz 676 $46,063
Lykens 1,937 $40,909
Pillow 304 $41,000
Pine Grove 2,154 $49,737
Tremont 1,784 $35,326
Williamstown 1,433 $36,548

Tower City Public Libraries

Tower-porter Community Library
Tower City, Pennsylvania
(717) 647-4900

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Tower City High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 581 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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