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Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Seat Easton
Largest city Bethlehem (partial)
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

377 sq mi (976 km²)
836 sq mi (2,165 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.94%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

267,066
715/sq mi (276/km²)
Founded March 11, 1752
Website www.northamptoncounty.org

Northampton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. As of 2000, the population was 267,066, (2008 estimate 294,787).[1] Its county seat is Easton. It is home to most of the Lehigh Valley.[2]

Northampton County is located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, while the northern edge borders on the Poconos. The eastern section of the county borders the Delaware River, which divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is bordered on the west by Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

The county is one of the most industrially-oriented regions in the nation, producing anthracite coal, cement, and other industrial products. Bethlehem Steel, once one of the world's largest manufacturers of steel, was located there prior to its closing in 2003.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 377 square miles (977 km²), of which, 374 square miles (968 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.94%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Government

Northampton is one of the six counties in Pennsylvania which has adopted a home rule charter. Instead of being run by a Board of Commissioners and several Row Officers, voters elect an Executive, a nine-person Council, a Controller, and a District Attorney. The Executive, Controller and District Attorney are elected by all voters in the County, as are five members of the Council. The other four Councilmen are elected by districts.

Elected Officials[1]

  • County Executive:
    • John Stoffa, Democrat
  • County Council:
    • Ron Angle, Republican
    • Joseph Capozzolo, Democrat
    • Michael F. Corriere, Democrat
    • John Cusick, Republican
    • Charles Dertinger, Democrat
    • J. Michael Dowd, Republican
    • Peg Ferraro, Republican
    • Ann McHale, Democrat
    • Diane Neiper, Democrat
  • Clerk of Courts:
    • Leigh Ann Fisher, Democrat
  • County Controller:
    • Stephen Barron, Jr. , Democrat
  • District Attorney:
    • John Morganelli, Democrat
  • Prothonotary:
    • Holly Ruggiero, Democrat
  • Register of Wills:
    • Dorothy Cole, Democrat
  • Acting Sheriff:
    • John Stoffa, Democrat

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 267,066 people, 101,541 households, and 71,078 families residing in the county. The population density was 714 people per square mile (276/km²). There were 106,710 housing units at an average density of 286 per square mile (110/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.23% White, 2.77% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.06% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 6.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.0% were of German, 14.0% Italian, 8.8% Irish, 5.1% English and 5.1% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 89.3% spoke English and 5.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 101,541 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

Politics

As of January 2010, there are 196,862 registered voters in Northampton County [2].

In recent decades, Northampton has been identified as one of Pennsylvania's "swing counties," with statewide winners carrying it in most cases. All five statewide winners carried it in November 2004 and all four statewide Democratic candidates carried it in November 2008, with its DA John Morganelli doing well there despite losing statewide to incumbent Attorney General Tom Corbett. The Democratic Party has been dominant most of the time in county-level politics in recent decades, with five out of nine current commissioner seats, County Executive John Stoffa, and most of the row offices.

State Representatives

State Senators

US Representative

Famous people from Northampton County

John M. Morganelli - District Attorney. Democratic Nominee for Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Appeared on numerous television shows as a legal analyst such as: Bill O'Reilly

Municipalities

Map of Northampton County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and two towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Northampton County:

Cities

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Education

Colleges & Universities

Map of Northampton County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public school districts & schools

Public Charter High Schools

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Bethlehem

Non-public high schools

Transportation

Air transportation

Air transport to and from Northampton County is available through Lehigh Valley International Airport (IATA: ABEICAO: KABE).

Bus transportation

Public bus service in Northampton County is available through the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, known as LANTA.

Expressways

Recreation

There are 2 Pennsylvania state parks in Northampton County.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Population Finder: Northampton County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=05000US42095&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C05000US34027%7C06000US3402712610&_street=&_county=northampton&_cityTown=northampton&_state=04000US42&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=. Retrieved 2009-10-28.  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 40°45′N 75°19′W / 40.75°N 75.31°W / 40.75; -75.31


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Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County.png
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 11, 1752
Seat Easton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.94%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

267066
Website: www.northamptoncounty.org

Northampton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. As of 2000, the population was 267,066. Its county seat is Easton6.

Northampton County is located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, while the northern edge borders on the Poconos. The eastern section of the county directly borders Warren County, New Jersey.

The county is one of the most industrially-oriented regions in the nation, producing anthracite coal, cement, and other industrial products. Bethlehem Steel, once one of the world's largest manufacturers of steel, was located there prior to its 2003 closing.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 977 km² (377 sq mi). 968 km² (374 sq mi) of it is land and 9 km² (4 sq mi) of it (0.94%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Government

Northampton is one of the six counties in Pennsylvania which has adopted a home rule charter. Instead of being run by a Board of Commissioners and several Row Officers, voters elect an Executive, a nine-person Council, a Controller, and a District Attorney. The Executive, Controller and District Attorney are elected by all voters in the County, as are five members of the Council. The other four Councilmen are elected by districts.

Elected Officials[1]

  • County Executive:
    • John Stoffa
  • County Council:
    • J. Michael Dowd
    • Michael F. Corriere
    • Ron Angle
    • Mary Ensslin
    • John Cusick
    • Wayne Grube
    • Ann McHale
    • Charles Dertinger
    • Diane Neiper
  • County Controller:
    • John Schimmel
  • District Attorney
    • John Morganelli

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 267,066 people, 101,541 households, and 71,078 families residing in the county. The population density was 276/km² (714/sq mi). There were 106,710 housing units at an average density of 110/km² (286/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 91.23% White, 2.77% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.06% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 6.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 101,541 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

Politics

As of November 2006, there are 187,441 registered voters in Northampton County [2].

Famous people from Northampton County

Municipalities

Map of Northampton County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and two towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Northampton County:

Cities

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Education

Colleges & Universities

Map of Northampton County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public school districts & schools

Public Charter High Schools

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Bethlehem

Non-public high schools

Transportation

Air transportation

Air transport to and from Northampton County is available through Lehigh Valley International Airport (IATA: ABE, ICAO: KABE) .

Bus transportation

Public bus service in Northampton County is available through the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, known as LANTA.

Recreation

There are 2 Pennsylvania state parks in Northampton County.

External links

Coordinates: 40°45′N 75°19′W / 40.75, -75.31

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