Introduction to Lehighton, Pennsylvania

Lehighton, Pennsylvania, in Carbon county, is 19 miles NW of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 67 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metropolitan area.

Lehighton History

In the 18th century, this area was home to a German Moravian Brethren's mission station. The German name for this was "Gnadenhutten," which in English meant "Tents of Grace." This station, which was established in 1746, was destroyed by Native Indian allies of the French during the French and Indian Wars. The massacre, which occurred on November 24th, 1755, resulted in the death of 10 missionaries and native converts. The town, situated along the Lehigh River, was named "Leighton" after the river. In the past, a number of automatic-press works, silk and lace mills, stoneworks, foundries, and car shops existed in the area. The Lehigh Valley Railroad, once the largest employer in the community, has also played a significant role in the development of Leighton.

Lehighton and Nearby Attractions

  • Moravian Museum
  • Eckley Miners' Village
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Beltzville State Park

Things To Do In Lehighton

Leighton is close to several museums including the Moravian Museum, the Discovery Center of Science & Technology, the Haines Mill Museum, and Lehigh County Museum. Historic Bethlehem, encompassing the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 1810 Goundie House, Colonial Industrial Quarter, and Burnside Plantation, is a popular attraction in the area. Eckley Miners' Village, which was once a mining village, now operates as a museum which includes workers' dwellings, doctor's offices, and a company store. Among other popular places to visit are Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Beltzville State Park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and Lehigh Gorge State Park. In addition, the community of Leighton hosts the Bike Night, and The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival every year. The Bike Night features more than 28,000 motorcycles, while the Pumpkin festival includes haunted woods, hayrides, and mazes.

Lehighton Transportation

Lehigh Valley International Airport is the closest major airport.

Lehighton Higher Education

Colleges near Lehighton are Cedar Crest College, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, and Penn State Lehigh Valley.


Total Population 5,388
Male Share of the Population 43.9%
Female Share of the Population 56.1%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,361
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 42.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,416
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $683
Median House Value $151,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.8%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 19%

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

Lehighton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles NW of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Carbon
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18235
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.833
Longitude -75.714

Lehighton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.7 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 19.6 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
Distance 24.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bowmanstown 1,119 $67,955
Jim Thorpe 4,712 $60,057

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

Lehighton Public Libraries

Lehighton Area Mem Library
Lehighton, Pennsylvania
(610) 377-2750

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Lehighton Hospitals

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(607) 377-1300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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