New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Valley Street (U.S. Route 209). Holy Cross Church.
Valley Street (U.S. Route 209). Holy Cross Church.
New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°43′14″N 76°07′02″W / 40.72056°N 76.11722°W / 40.72056; -76.11722Coordinates: 40°43′14″N 76°07′02″W / 40.72056°N 76.11722°W / 40.72056; -76.11722
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Settled 1840
Incorporated 1868
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Frances Tkach
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,085
 • Density 729.85/sq mi (281.80/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17959
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 277

New Philadelphia is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,085 at the 2010 census.


New Philadelphia is located at 40°43′14″N 76°7′2″W / 40.72056°N 76.11722°W / 40.72056; -76.11722 (40.720594, -76.117295),[1] approximately 70 miles (110 km) northwest of the city of Philadelphia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 558
1880 360 −35.5%
1890 562 56.1%
1900 1,326 135.9%
1910 2,512 89.4%
1920 2,537 1.0%
1930 2,557 0.8%
1940 2,453 −4.1%
1950 2,200 −10.3%
1960 1,702 −22.6%
1970 1,528 −10.2%
1980 1,341 −12.2%
1990 1,283 −4.3%
2000 1,149 −10.4%
2010 1,085 −5.6%
Est. 2015 1,064 [2] −1.9%

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 1,085 people, 477 households, and 300 families residing in the borough. The population density was 729.85 people per square mile (297.7/km²). There were 477 housing units at an average density of 393.5 per square mile (151.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.14% White, 0.55%, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 477 households out of which 21.38% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.11% were non-families. 33.54% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.35% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.71% under the age of 18, 3.78% from 18 to 20, 53.46% from 21 to 61, 5.25% from 62 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.9 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100 males.

From the 2000 census, The median income for a household in the borough was $27,159, and the median income for a family was $38,229. Males had a median income of $29,107 versus $20,192 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,899. About 6.3% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

In 2000, 20.8% of New Philadelphia residents identified as being of Lithuanian heritage. This was the highest percentage of Lithuanian Americans per capita in the country.


Souls Harvest Baptist Church.

New Philadelphia had historically been an anthracite mining town.[citation needed]

Because of the high number of Lithuanians and Irish in the area, there was much separation of the two nationalities.[citation needed] This tension ultimately resulted in the forming of two separate Catholic churches; Sacred Heart (Lithuanian) and Holy Family (Irish).[citation needed] There was also a town-wide brawl that occurred as a result of this tension. The dispute was settled by the priests from Sacred Heart and Holy Family calling their respective patrons to stop fighting and buying each other a beer.[citation needed]

In 2008, the two Catholic parishes were merged to create Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church.[citation needed]

In 2012, the Souls Harvest Baptist Church relocated to New Philadelphia from Port Carbon, Pennsylvania. They are now located at the corner of Kimber and Clay streets in the building that once housed a Methodist church. This building is the oldest building in town.[citation needed]