Bangor, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°52′0″N 75°12′39″W / 40.86667°N 75.21083°W / 40.86667; -75.21083
Bangor
Borough
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Bangor in winter
Official name: Borough of Bangor
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Elevation 541 ft (165 m)
Coordinates 40°52′0″N 75°12′39″W / 40.86667°N 75.21083°W / 40.86667; -75.21083
Area 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)
 - land 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 5,273 (2010)
Density 3,295.6 / sq mi (1,272 / km2)
Incorporated 1875
Mayor John Brown
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 18010, 18013
Area code 610 Exchanges: 588, 599
Location of Bangor in Northampton County
Location of Bangor in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Bangor is a borough located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 75 miles (121 km) west of New York City, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Pennsylvania's Slate Belt. It had a population of 5,273 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The borough was settled about 1760 and first incorporated in 1875. The founder and first Chief Burgess of Bangor was Robert M. Jones, an emigrant from Bangor, Wales. He was the prime mover in the establishment of the slate industry in Northampton County. Slate quarries pepper the area, but only a few are still functioning. A life-sized statue of him, dedicated on September 24, 1914, remains in the town center. In the official program for the unveiling it states "... Mr. Jones in his prime had many charming qualities, chief among which was his constant optimistic disposition."[citation needed]

Indeed, if one visits Bangor, Wales it is clearly visible that the Welsh heritage made its way to Bangor, Pennsylvania, whose stone walls, rectangular gardens, and lovely flowers and greenery mirror those of its Welsh namesake. Around Bangor one can also see piles of slate residue and shale reminiscent of the area around Bethesda, Wales.[citation needed]

The population of Bangor was 2,509 in 1890; 4,106 in 1900; 5,369 in 1910; and 5,687 in 1940. The population was 5,273 at the 2010 census.

The Bridge in Bangor Borough and Real Estate Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

Bangor is located at 40°52′0″N 75°12′39″W / 40.86667°N 75.21083°W / 40.86667; -75.21083 (40.866749, -75.210759)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2). 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.28%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,328
1890 2,509 88.9%
1900 4,106 63.7%
1910 5,369 30.8%
1920 5,402 0.6%
1930 5,824 7.8%
1940 5,687 −2.4%
1950 6,050 6.4%
1960 5,766 −4.7%
1970 5,425 −5.9%
1980 5,006 −7.7%
1990 5,383 7.5%
2000 5,319 −1.2%
2010 5,273 −0.9%
Est. 2012 5,249 −0.5%
Sources:[3][4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,319 people, 2,105 households, and 1,420 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,453.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,333.6/km²). There were 2,249 housing units at an average density of 1,460.2 per square mile (563.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 2,105 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no male householder present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the borough the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,382, and the median income for a family was $44,954. Males had a median income of $36,972 versus $21,414 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,742. About 8.5% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Public education[edit]

The borough is served by the Bangor Area School District. This district has an average graduation class of 300-350 students every year. Bangor Area School district includes three elementary schools: DeFranco Elementary School, Five Points Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School. The district has one middle school and one high school.

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