Northampton County, Pennsylvania
|Northampton County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 11, 1752|
|Largest city||Bethlehem (partial)|
377 sq mi (976 km²)
374 sq mi (969 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.94%
796/sq mi (307.2/km²)
Northampton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County with the county seat of Easton. Its namesake was Northamptonshire and the country house, Easton Neston. As of 2010, the population was 297,735.
Northampton County is located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Its northern edge borders The Poconos. The eastern section of the county borders the Delaware River, which divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is bordered on the west by Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley's more highly populated county.
The county is industrially-oriented, producing anthracite coal, cement, and other industrial products. Bethlehem Steel, once one of the world's largest manufacturers of steel, was located there prior to its closing in 2003.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 377 square miles (977 km²), of which 374 square miles (968 km²) is land and 4 square miles (9 km²) (0.94%) is water.
National protected areas
Northampton is one of the six counties in Pennsylvania which has adopted a home rule charter. Instead of being run by a Board of Commissioners and several Row Officers, voters elect an Executive, a nine-person Council, a Controller, and a District Attorney. The Executive, Controller and District Attorney are elected by all voters in the County, as are five members of the Council. The other four Councilmen are elected by districts. The Row Officers are nominated by the county executive and approved by county council.
- County Executive:
- John Stoffa, Democrat
- County Council:
- John Cusick, Republican
- Thomas H Dietrich, Republican
- Margaret (Peg) Ferraro, Republican
- Bruce A Gilbert, Republican
- Ken Kraft, Democrat
- Lamont G. McClure Jr., Democrat
- Scott Parsons, Democrat
- Barbara A. Thierry, Republican
- Robert Werner, Democrat
- Clerk of Courts:
- Leigh Ann Fisher, Democrat
- County Controller:
- Stephen Barron, Jr., Democrat
- District Attorney:
- John Morganelli, Democrat
- Holly Ruggiero, Democrat
- Register of Wills:
- Dorothy Cole, Democrat
- Randall Miller
As of the 2010 census, the county was 81.0% White Non-Hispanic, 5.0% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American or Alaskan Native, 2.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian, 2.2% were two or more races, and 3.8% were some other race. 10.5% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
As of the census of 2000, there were 267,066 people, 101,541 households, and 71,078 families residing in the county. The population density was 714 people per square mile (276/km²). There were 106,710 housing units at an average density of 286 per square mile (110/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.23% White, 2.77% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.06% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 6.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.0% were of German, 14.0% Italian, 8.8% Irish, 5.1% English and 5.1% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 89.3% spoke English and 5.5% Spanish as their first language.
There were 101,541 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.
As of January 2010, there are 196,862 registered voters in Northampton County.
In recent decades, Northampton has been identified as one of Pennsylvania's "swing counties," with statewide winners carrying it in most cases. All five statewide winners carried it in November 2004 and all four statewide Democratic candidates carried it in November 2008, with its DA John Morganelli doing well there despite losing statewide to incumbent Attorney General Tom Corbett. The Democratic Party has been dominant most of the time in county-level politics in recent decades, County Executive John Stoffa, and most of the row offices. However with only two out of nine current county council seats.
County Council Members
- John Cusick, President, Republican, (At-Large)
- Margaret (Peg) Ferraro, Vice President, Republican, (At-Large)
- Ron Angle, Republican, District 4
- Thomas H Dietrich, Republican, (At-Large)
- J. Michael Dowd, Republican, District 2
- Bruce A Gilbert, Republican, (At-Large)
- Lamont G. McClure Jr., Democrat, District 3
- Ann McHale, Democrat, District 1
- Barbara A. Thierry, Republican, (At-Large)
- Justin Simmons, Republican, 131st district
- Daniel T. McNeill, Democrat, 133rd district
- Steve Samuelson, Democrat, 135th district
- Robert L. Freeman, Democrat, 136th district
- Joe Emrick, Republican, 137th district
- Marcia Hahn, Republican, 138th district
- Julie Harhart, Republican, 183rd district
- Pat Browne, Republican, 16th district
- Lisa Boscola, Democrat, 18th district
- Bob Mensch, Republican, 24th district
- Dave Argall, Republican, 29th district
- Marco Andretti, professional race car driver.
- Mario Andretti, former professional race car driver.
- Michael Andretti, professional racing team owner, former professional race car driver.
- Jonathan Frakes, director and actor.
- Larry Holmes, boxing's former heavyweight champion of the world.
- Daniel Dae Kim, actor.
- Samuel Henry Kress, founder of S. H. Kress & Co. and noted art collector.
- Kristen Maloney, gymnast and former Olympian.
- Bob Parsons, former professional football player, Chicago Bears.
- Aldo Ray, actor.
- Daniel Roebuck, actor.
- Brian Schneider, professional baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies.
- Tighe Scott, NASCAR and modified driver.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas, actor.
- George Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania 1829–1835.
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and two towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Northampton County:
Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.
Colleges & Universities
- Lafayette College, Easton.
- Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
- Moravian College, Bethlehem.
- Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem Township.
Public school districts & schools
- Bangor Area School District
- Bethlehem Area School District
- Catasauqua Area School District
- Easton Area School District
- Nazareth Area School District
- Northampton Area School District
- Pen Argyl Area School District
- Saucon Valley School District
- Wilson Area School District
Public Charter High Schools
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Bethlehem
Non-public high schools
Public bus service in Northampton County is available through the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, known as LANTA. A shuttle bus service, The Bethlehem Loop, also operates in Bethlehem.
Major roads and highways
Northampton County was once served only by the 215 area code from 1947 (when the North American Numbering Plan of the Bell System went into effect) until 1994. With the county's growing population, however, Northampton County was afforded area code 610 in 1994. Today, Northampton County is covered by 610. An overlay area code, 484, was added to the 610 service area in 1999. A plan to introduce area code 835 as an additional overlay was rescinded in 2001.
There are 2 Pennsylvania state parks in Northampton County.
- Delaware Canal State Park follows the course of the old Delaware Canal along the Delaware River from Easton in Northampton County to Bristol in Bucks County.
- Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
- Lehigh Valley Conference
- List of shopping malls in the Lehigh Valley
- Media in the Lehigh Valley
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Northampton County, Pennsylvania
- Northampton County Prison
- Frances S. Fox, Sweet Land of Liberty: The Ordeal of the American Revolution in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
- William J. Heller, History of Northampton County (Pennsylvania) and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh. In Three Volumes. New York: American Historical Society, 1920. Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3
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- Northampton County news at Lehigh Valley Live.
- Northampton County Official Web Site.
- "Living in the Greater Lehigh Valley," by The Allentown Morning Call.