Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
|Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania|
|Incorporated||December 16, 1863|
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||George F. Krall|
|• Total||0.5 sq mi (1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,240 ft (380 m)|
|• Density||9,060.8/sq mi (3,498.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||570 Exchange: 773|
Mahanoy City (pronounced MA-ha-noy) is a borough located 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Reading and 13 miles southwest of Hazleton, in northern Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in the southern Coal Region. The name "Mahanoy" is believed to be a variation of the Native American word 'Maghonioy', or "the salt deposits".
Mahanoy City, originally a part of Mahanoy township, was settled in 1859 and incorporated as a borough by decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Schuylkill County on December 16, 1863. The borough was a major center of anthracite production and the region was embroiled in the Molly Maguires incidents. It was served by branches of the Lehigh Valley and the Philadelphia & Reading railways.
The valley is located in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Fire clay also abounds in the vicinity. The borough's principal industries are still the mining and shipping of coal, although the demand for it has steadily declined since its peak in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Aside from coal, the manufacturing of shirts, bedding and foundry products is also fairly prominent.
In 1930 the St. Nicholas Coal Breaker was built and went into operation in 1932. The breaker was closed in 1963 but is still standing.
Mahanoy City is located at . The borough is situated in the valley of Mahanoy Creek, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Shenandoah and 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Tamaqua. Mahanoy City lies at an elevation of 1240 ft. above sea level; Broad Mountain (1795 ft), a ridge extending through Schuylkill County, overlooks it on the southeast.(40.812413, -76.140223)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,647 people, 2,113 households, and 1,210 families residing in the borough. The population density was 9,060.8 people per square mile (3,518.1/km²). There were 2,595 housing units at an average density of 5,059.8 per square mile (1,964.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.79% White, 0.22% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.
There were 2,113 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.2% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $24,347, and the median income for a family was $32,033. Males had a median income of $29,628 versus $20,288 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,369. About 12.6% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.
Mahanoy Area School District serves the borough and includes an elementary, middle school, and high school complex for students.
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