Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

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Upper Mount Bethel Township
Rolling hills
Rolling hills
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°52′00″N 75°07′59″W / 40.86667°N 75.13306°W / 40.86667; -75.13306Coordinates: 40°52′00″N 75°07′59″W / 40.86667°N 75.13306°W / 40.86667; -75.13306
CountryUnited States
 • Total43.99 sq mi (113.93 km2)
 • Land42.32 sq mi (109.60 km2)
 • Water1.67 sq mi (4.33 km2)
699 ft (213 m)
 • Total6,706
 • Estimate 
 • Density162.08/sq mi (62.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570, 610
FIPS code42-095-79184

Upper Mount Bethel Township is a township in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. Upper Mount Bethel Township is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. It is part of Pennsylvania's Slate Belt.[3]

The population of Upper Mount Bethel Township was 6,706 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 44.3 square miles (115 km2). 43.4 square miles (112 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (2.01%) is water. It is drained by the Delaware River, which forms its eastern boundary separating it from New Jersey. Its natural northwest boundary is Blue Mountain. Its villages include Centerville, Five Points, Hartzells Ferry, Johnsonville, Mount Bethel, North Bangor, and Slateford. Its numbered routes are 191, 512, and 611.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20166,859[2]2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,063 people, 2,363 households, and 1,732 families residing in the township. The population density was 139.7 people per square mile (54.0/km2). There were 2,574 housing units at an average density of 59.3/sq mi (22.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.89% White, 0.69% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 2,363 households, out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,617, and the median income for a family was $54,692. Males had a median income of $38,914 versus $23,906 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,116. About 4.6% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.


Old Mount Bethel was one of the oldest settled areas in Northampton County. Included within in its jurisdiction was the Old Hunter Settlement, founded by the Ulster-Scots around 1730. That same year Old Mount Bethel was erected a town. After the walking purchase of 1737 between the Penn family and the Lenape (also known as the Delaware) was completed, Old Mount Bethel was established within the County of Bucks. In 1752 Bucks County was divided and Northampton County was established, geographically placing Old Mount Bethel within the boundaries of Northampton County.

Public education[edit]

The township is served by the Bangor Area School District and is the home to Bangor Area High School.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "About Slate Belt Chamber". Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Gerard C. Wertkin (2 August 2004). Encyclopedia of American Folk Art. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-95614-1.


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