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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 5,810
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,170
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,399
% Above Poverty Level 81.9%
% Below Poverty Level 18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 42.9%
Median Gross Rent $540
Median House Value $45,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.2%
Irish 13.9%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station MILLVILLE 2 SW
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
Station SELINSGROVE 2 S
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
Station HAMBURG
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Ashland 2,772 $51,645
Girardville 1,298 $43,264
Gordon 865 $67,768
Kulpmont 2,894 $56,037

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

Mount Carmel Public Libraries

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Mount Carmel Public Library
30 SOUTH OAK ST
Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
(570) 339-0703

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Mount Carmel High Schools

MOUNT CARMEL AREA JSHS
570-339-1500
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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