Overview

Introduction to New Castle, Pennsylvania

New Castle, Pennsylvania, in Lawrence county, is 17 miles E of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center) and 43 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's situated along the Shenango River and is regarded as the region's commercial center. The municipality is home to Zambelli Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks and pyrotechnics companies in the world. It's known as the "Fireworks Capital of America." New Castle is a rust belt city.

The streets and sidewalks of the downtown were rebuilt to have the appearance of the turn of the 19th century. The downtown is home to the regional headquarters of Huntington, First Commonwealth and First Merit banks. New Castle has an ethnically diverse population.

New Castle History

The town developed as an industrial center due to construction of a nearby canal system. In the 1870s New Castle was a primary center for the Pittsburgh and Lake Eire Railroad. By 1900 it was one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. During this time, it had one of the largest tin plate mills in the country. Paper mills, steel, a bronze bushing factory, foundries and car construction facilities were significant factors for the economy. The Shenango Pottery produced fine china for the White House.

New Castle Attractions

  • Zambelli Plaza
  • The New Castle Dry Goods Company building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Cascade was the first Warner Bros. theater and has been refurbished
  • Arts and Heritage Festival
  • The annual Fireworks Festival occurs during the summer
  • A summer concert series occurs at Cascade Park
  • Light Up Night Parade
  • A "Cascade of Lights" can be seen during the winter at Historic Cascade Park
  • New Castle Playhouse

New Castle Activities

Visitors often explore the Amish countryside. The area includes quaint villages and historic sites. North Country Trail, Moraine State Park and Ellwood City Creek are often used for recreational activities. The nearby Lake Arthur is a popular destination for families. McConnell's Mill and Moraine state parks provide opportunities for fishing, hiking, bicycle riding, boating, camping and kayaking. The new Castle Country Club, Tanglewood and Castle Hills are quality golf courses. A wide variety of activities and entertainment are about an hour away in Pittsburgh.

New Castle Transportation

New Castle Transit Authority offers bus services for the city and also provides transportation to Pittsburgh.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,434
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens19.2%
Employed Population 16+8,580
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married36.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.9%
Median Earnings25+$27,581
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,540
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,215

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,807
% Above Poverty Level72.8%
% Below Poverty Level27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$626
Median House Value$62,000

Ancestry

Italian28.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.9%
Irish16.9%
Polish6.5%
English5.3%
Arab1.7%
Welsh1.7%
French Except Basque1.5%
Slovak1.3%
Scottish1%
Lebanese1%
Hungarian0.9%
Dutch0.9%
Greek0.8%
Czech0.7%
Croatian0.6%
Russian0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Syrian0.4%
Swedish0.4%
African0.3%
Serbian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovene0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
German0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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New Castle Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lawrence County
Standard Zip Codes16101, 16102, 16108, 16105
P.O. Box Zip Codes16107, 16103
Phone Area Codes724, 8, 78
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.99
Approximate Longitude-80.34

New Castle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEW CASTLE 1 N
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp34 to 61 F
Jul Temp59 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.4 inches
StationMERCER
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 61 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip42.7 inches
StationYOUNGSTOWN MUNICIPAL AP
Distance23.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bessemer1,224$60,815
New Galilee401$55,938
New Wilmington2,348$82,308
Volant108$71,563
Wampum582$52,750

New Castle Public Libraries

New Castle Public Library
207 EAST NORTH STREET
New Castle, Pennsylvania
(724) 658-6659

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New Castle Hospitals

Jameson Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
1211 Wilmington Avenue
(724) 656-4100

New Castle Public Schools

Croton Pre-kdg Ctr
420 Fern St
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4815
Primary
Total Enrollment 89
Harry W Lockley Early Learning Center
900 East Main St.
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4735
Primary
Total Enrollment 828
Harry W Lockley Kdg Ctr
900 East Main St.
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4735
John F Kennedy Sch
326 Laurel Blvd
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4738
Laurel El Sch
223 Mccaslin Rd
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-2673
Primary
Total Enrollment 631
Laurel Jshs
2497 Harlansburg Rd
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-9056
High
Total Enrollment 613
Lawrence County Ctc
750 Phelps Way
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-3583
High
Total Enrollment 366
New Castle Jhs
310 E Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4700
Middle
Total Enrollment 457
New Castle Shs
300 E Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4700
High
Total Enrollment 800
Shenango El Sch
2501 Old Pittsburgh Rd
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-5566
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Shenango Hs
2550 Ellwood Rd
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-5537
High
Total Enrollment 532
Thaddeus Stevens Sch
831 Harrison St
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4750
Union Area Hs
2106 Camden Ave
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-4501
High
Total Enrollment 212
Union Area Ms
2106 Camden Ave
ZIP: 16101
(724) 658-4501
Middle
Total Enrollment 220
Union Memorial El Sch
500 S Scotland Ln
ZIP: 16101
(724) 652-6683
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
West Side Sch
708 W Washington St
ZIP: 16101
(724) 656-4753
Neshannock Jshs
3834 Mitchell Rd
ZIP: 16105
(724) 658-5513
High
Total Enrollment 595
Neshannock Memorial El Sch
3832 Mitchell Road
ZIP: 16105
(724) 652-8709
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Washington Intrmd Sch
101 East Euclid Avenue
ZIP: 16105
(724) 656-4729
Primary
Total Enrollment 979

New Castle Private Schools

Faith Country Chapel Preschool & Kindergarten
3818 Old Butler Rd
ZIP: 16101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Vitus School
915 S Jefferson St
ZIP: 16101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 102
New Castle Christian Academy
1701 Albert St Ste A
ZIP: 16105
Elementary
Total Enrollment 110
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