is a county
located in the U.S. state
. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County
. As of 2000, the population was 267,066. Its county seat
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 the Delaware River.
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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 377 square miles
), of which, 374 square miles (968 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.94%) is water.
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.
- County Executive:
- County Council:
- J. Michael Dowd
- Michael F. Corriere
- Ron Angle
- John Cusick
- Wayne Grube
- Ann McHale
- Charles Dertinger
- Diane Neiper
- County Controller:
- District Attorney
As of the census
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
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.
As of November 2007, there are 190,429 registered voters in Northampton County
Famous people from Northampton County
- Mario Andretti, former professional race car driver.
- Marco Andretti, professional race car driver.
- Michael Andretti, professional racing team owner, former professional race car driver.
- Jonathan Frakes, director and actor.
- Larry Holmes, boxing's former heavyweight champion of the world.
- Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock"), professional wrestler, actor.
- Daniel Dae Kim, actor.
- Steve Kimock, rock musician.
- Samuel Henry Kress, founder of S. H. Kress & Co. and noted art collector.
- Kristen Maloney, gymnast and former Olympian.
- Aldo Ray, actor.
- Daniel Roebuck, actor.
- Brian Schneider, professional baseball player, New York Mets.
- Tighe Scott, NASCAR and modified driver.
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, Unincorporated communities in Pennsylvania, and two towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Northampton County:
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.
Colleges & Universities
Public school districts & schools
Public Charter High Schools
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts
Non-public high schools
Air transport to and from Northampton County is available through Lehigh Valley International Airport
Public bus service in Northampton County is available through the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, known as LANTA
There are 2 Pennsylvania state parks
in Northampton County.