North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

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North Whitehall Township
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Location in Lehigh County
Location in Lehigh County
North Whitehall Twp is located in Pennsylvania
North Whitehall Twp
North Whitehall Twp
Location in Pennsylvania
North Whitehall Twp is located in the United States
North Whitehall Twp
North Whitehall Twp
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°37′27″N 75°37′25″W / 40.62417°N 75.62361°W / 40.62417; -75.62361Coordinates: 40°37′27″N 75°37′25″W / 40.62417°N 75.62361°W / 40.62417; -75.62361
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyLehigh
Area
 • Total28.55 sq mi (73.95 km2)
 • Land28.07 sq mi (72.71 km2)
 • Water0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
Elevation
627 ft (191 m)
Population
 • Total15,703
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
16,255
 • Density579.05/sq mi (223.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
18037, 18059, 18065, 18069, 18078, 18104
Area code(s)610 and 484
FIPS code42-077-55576
Websitewww.northwhitehall.org

North Whitehall Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

The population of North Whitehall Township was 15,703 at the 2010 census.[2]

Geography[edit]

The township is in northeastern Lehigh County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.5 square miles (73.9 km2), of which 28.1 square miles (72.7 km2) are land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 1.56%, are water.[1] It is drained by the Lehigh River, which separates it from Northampton County.

The township has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 6b. Average monthly temperatures in Ironton range from 28.4 °F (−2.0 °C) in January to 73.3 °F (22.9 °C) in July. [1]

North Whitehall's villages include Ballietsville, Coffeetown, Ironton, Kernsville, Laurys Station, Mechanicsville (also in South Whitehall Township), Meyersville (also in South Whitehall), Neffs (also in Washington Township), Orefield (also in South Whitehall), Ormrod, Ruchsville, Scheidy, and Schnecksville.

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
200014,731
201015,7036.6%
2016 (est.)16,255[3]3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 15,703 people, 5,766 households, and 4,453 families residing in the township. The population density was 543.4 people per square mile (209.8/km2). There were 6,000 housing units at an average density of 207.6/sq mi (80.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 94.71% White, 1.53% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.69% of the population.

There were 5,766 households, out of which 36.39% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.46% were married couples living together, 4.06% had a male household with no wife present, 8.71% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.77% were non-families. 18.21% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.25% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.74% under the age of 20, 4.36% from 20 to 24, 20.99% from 25 to 44, 33.87% from 45 to 64, and 13.04% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females there were 98.72 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.94 males age 18 and over.

As of 2015, the median income for a household in the township was $75,714, and the median income for a family was $89,182. Males had a median income of $56,152 versus $43,855 for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,470. About 4.1% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Politics and government[edit]

Legislators[edit]

  • State Representative Gary Day, Republican, 187th district
  • State Senator Pat Browne, Republican, 16th district
  • US Representative Susan Wild, Democrat, 7th district

Board of Supervisors[edit]

  • Ronald Heintzelman, Chairman
  • Mark Hills, Vice Chairman
  • Dennis Klucharitz

Vacant, Township Manager

Education[edit]

The Township is served by the Parkland School District along with South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Townships. Ironton, Kernsville, and Schnecksville Elementary Schools are located in North Whitehall and its secondary students attend Orefield Middle School and Parkland High School.[6] It is also home to Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville.

Transportation[edit]

The township's numbered routes include Pennsylvania Route 309, Pennsylvania Route 873, Pennsylvania Route 329, and Pennsylvania Route 145. Another thoroughfare is Mauch Chunk Road, which runs from PA 329 in Ballietsville into Allentown. LANta serves the township with bus route 325 along the Route 309/873 corridor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), North Whitehall township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania". data.census.gov. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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