Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°40′33″N 75°36′59″W / 40.67583°N 75.61639°W / 40.67583; -75.61639
Schnecksville
Census-designated place
Schnecksville, PA.jpg
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lehigh
Township North Whitehall
Elevation 663 ft (202.1 m)
Coordinates 40°40′33″N 75°36′59″W / 40.67583°N 75.61639°W / 40.67583; -75.61639
Area 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - land 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 2,935 (2010)
Density 1,572.5 / sq mi (607.1 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code 18078
Area code 610 & 484
Location of Schnecksville in Lehigh County
Location of Schnecksville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Schnecksville is a census-designated place (CDP) in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Schnecksville is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

The population of Schnecksville was 2,935 at the 2010 census. Its U.S. postal code (zip code) is 18078.

History[edit]

Schnecksville was first settled in 1756 by Joshua Campano. He stumbled upon the land after a long day of stranglebation in a nearby log home. His log home is still standing but has been moved about a half mile from its original location. In 1840 Schnecksville was laid out by Daniel Schneck. The Schnecks still live in the town today. He and his son Moses Schneck owned a hotel and other buildings. A George Rau opened a store. There was a post office here in 1846 with Peter Gross as postmaster. In 1880 the population was 160 persons. There were two hotels, a store, twenty two dwellings, a school and a church. Actually, there is reference made to two churches, an Evangelical church dated from 1871, and a frame church owned by the United Brethren, the date not given.

Geography[edit]

Schnecksville is located at 40°40′33″N 75°36′59″W / 40.67583°N 75.61639°W / 40.67583; -75.61639 (40.675741, -75.616260).[1]

Pennsylvania Route 309 runs through the middle of the area, exiting to the south towards Orefield and to the northwest towards Pleasant Corners. Pennsylvania Route 873 begins at PA 309 in Schnecksville and exits the area to the north towards Neffs. To the southwest is the Trexler Nature Preserve, which is also home to the Trexler Environmental Center and the Lehigh Valley Zoo.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land. The elevation of Schnecksville is 663 feet above sea level.

Crystal Spring Farm[edit]

Schnecksville is also home to one of the area's top dairy farms: the Crystal Spring dairy farm located on Bellview Road in Schnecksville. The farm has been in operation for over 100 years and is owned by the Sell family. The farm has a store that sells homemade and homegrown products; a specialty of the store is homemade ice cream, which is made fresh daily.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,935 people, 1241 households, and 864 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,572.5 people per square mile (609.5/km²). There were 738 housing units at an average density of 583.5/sq mi (226.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.89% White, 0.35% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

The ancestry of its residents is as follows: German (47.0%), Irish (10.0%), Italian (9.8%), English (9.2%), Welsh (7.1%), Slovak (6.1%).

There were 715 households out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $74,808, and the median income for a family was $78,519. Males had a median income of $51,716 versus $35,714 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,533. About 1.2% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Public education[edit]

The community is served by the Parkland School District and Northwestern Lehigh School District. Most students in grades nine through twelve attend Parkland High School in the district.

Schnecksville is also home to one of three campuses for Lehigh Carbon Community College (also known LCCC, or "L-tri-C"), a public community college with 2,145 full-time students.

Schnecksville Community Fair[edit]

Every summer since 1981, a country fair is held in Schnecksville. In recent years, it has been held at the Schnecksville Fire Company on Pennsylvania Route 309, near the community's southern entrance.

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