Stockertown, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°45′15″N 75°15′53″W / 40.75417°N 75.26472°W / 40.75417; -75.26472
Borough of Stockertown
Settlement
Stockertown.jpg
Stockertown's post office and municipal building, along the borough's Main Street.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Elevation 374 ft (114 m)
Coordinates 40°45′15″N 75°15′53″W / 40.75417°N 75.26472°W / 40.75417; -75.26472
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 927 (2010)
Density 927 / sq mi (357.9 / km2)
Incorporated 1901
Mayor Charles Davis (Interim)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18083
Area code 610
A map of Stockertown, Pennsylvania
Location of Stockertown in Northampton County
Location of Stockertown in Pennsylvania

Stockertown is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

The small borough contains large industries such as Hercules Cement, Polymer Products, and Praxair. The borough is located within a 212-mile radius and provides services for a population of 927 residents. Stockertown is at the hub of five surrounding second-class townships, providing the closest access to Pennsylvania Route 33 for many industrial parks in these townships. Since 2006, Forks Township has been contracted to provide fire services to the borough,[1] and the borough maintains its own police department. It is located in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District, and in Pennsylvania's 137th (State House of Representatives) and 18th (State Senate) Legislative Districts.[2]

History[edit]

An 1877 lithograph print of the Sandt & Co. Building and the Centennial Hotel.
An inset from an 1874 atlas of Northampton County, showing Stockertown.[3]

The Borough of Stockertown was named for the Stockers, who settled on the land in the late 18th century. The post village was referred to as Stockersville as of 1845, and described as a very fertile area.[4] In late 1900, by which time the village was being called Stockertown, a group of the village's citizens petitioned Northampton County Court to grant the community the status of a borough. That petition was granted and, early in 1901, the Borough government was organized.

In 1906, a cement plant (which later became Hercules Cement) was constructed as The Nazareth Works of Atlantic Portland Cement Company. It acquired the name of Hercules Cement Company in 1916 after its holdings after Atlantic Portland Cement filed for bankruptcy. It has changed owners many times through mergers, and as of 2008 is owned by Buzzi Unicem.

Liberty Hose Fire Company #1 formed in 1922, and the borough bought their first firetruck in 1925. After World War II, Liberty Hose opted to build a memorial in honor of the war's veterans. The building became the borough's Memorial Hall. In the late 1990s, Liberty Hose moved from its original building on Main Street to a new facility along State Street. This building is now the home to Stockertown's police offices and other emergency vehicles. In 2006, Liberty Hose Fire Company was disbanded.

The freeway now known as Route 33, which runs through Stockertown, began construction in 1959 from Wind Gap to Saylorsburg. Meetings were first held with residents of Stockertown in the mid 1960s, and the Stockertown portion of the highway was constructed in 1971, opening in 1972.[5][6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 426
1920 432 1.4%
1930 602 39.4%
1940 729 21.1%
1950 757 3.8%
1960 777 2.6%
1970 753 −3.1%
1980 661 −12.2%
1990 641 −3.0%
2000 687 7.2%
2010 927 34.9%
Est. 2012 926 −0.1%
Sources:[7][8][9]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 927 people, up from 687 in 2000. The population density was 927 people per square mile (265.3/km²). There were 293 housing units at an average density of 294.1 per square mile (113.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.56% White, 0.15% African American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 279 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $48,542, and the median income for a family was $59,375. Males had a median income of $39,926 versus $26,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,984. About 5.1% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.

Land Use[edit]

Land Use (as of 2006)[10]
Residential 161.0 (25.3%)
Commercial 37.7 (5.9%)
Industrial 102.4 (16.1%)
Transportation and Utilities 112.2 (17.7%)
Public Spaces 12.2 (2.0%)
Parks and Recreation 38.4 (6.0%)
Agriculture and Vacant 171.9 (27.0%)

Geography[edit]

Stockertown is located at 40°45′15″N 75°15′53″W / 40.75417°N 75.26472°W / 40.75417; -75.26472 (40.754064, -75.264775).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.99% is water.

Belts of limestone lie under a part of the borough that borders Palmer Township and the nearby borough of Tatamy. This along with Hercules Cement's nearby quarrying makes these areas prone to sinkholes[12] (see Karst Topography), and led to the closure of a bridge that carried a state road (Bushkill Street) over the Bushkill Creek. This bridge remains closed as of 2013.[13]

Public education[edit]

The Borough is served by the Nazareth Area School District.

Rail Trail[edit]

A view of the undeveloped Stockertown Rail Trail. Its intersection with Dogwood Lane is just out of view.

Stockertown is home to an unpaved, grassy rail trail, which, once fully developed, is slated to link the Plainfield Township Trail and the Palmer Bikeway. The existing unpaved trail is about a mile long, starting at Sherman Metzgar Park, and extending to Main Street at the North edge of the borough (Belfast Junction).

A missing link of the trail, which is still in the planning stages, would be a major step towards a regional trail system by connecting Stockertown and Tatamy. Another proposed trail would extend from the Northern hub of the Stockertown Rail Trail to Jacobsburg State Park, adding connections to Bushkill Township.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Forks Township Fire Department". Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Northampton County, Pennsylvania: CountyGuide". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Atlas of Northampton County (1874) (Hosted by Lehigh University)". Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  4. ^ Rupp, I. Daniel (1845). History of Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon, and Schuylkill Counties. 
  5. ^ "Pennsylvania Highways: PA 1-50". Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  6. ^ LoPresti, Virginia (May 1976). History of the Borough of Stockertown to 1976. Stockertown, PA: Stockertown Borough Council. pp. 29–30. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lehigh valley Community Profiles". p. 61. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Stockertown Sinkhole Dilemma". Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  13. ^ "Stimulus cash will do nothing to reconnect Tatamy and Stockertown boroughs". Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  14. ^ "Two Rivers Area Greenway Plan". pp. 111–112. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 

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