|Northampton County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 11, 1752|
|Largest city||Bethlehem (partial)|
377 sq mi (976 km²)
374 sq mi (969 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.94%
796/sq mi (307.2/km²)
Northampton County is located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Its northern edge borders 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 Lehigh Valley's more highly populated county.
The county is industrially-oriented, 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.
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) is land and 4 square miles (9 km²) (0.94%) is water.
National protected areas
- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (part)
- Middle Delaware National Scenic River (part)
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:
- John Stoffa, Democrat
- County Council:
- Ron Angle, Republican
- John Cusick, Republican
- Thomas H Dietrich, Republican
- J. Michael Dowd, Republican
- Margaret (Peg) Ferraro, Republican
- Bruce A Gilbert, Republican
- Lamont G. McClure Jr., Democrat
- Ann McHale, Democrat
- Barbara A. Thierry, Republican
- Clerk of Courts:
- Leigh Ann Fisher, Democrat
- County Controller:
- Stephen Barron, Jr. , Democrat
- District Attorney:
- John Morganelli, Democrat
- Holly Ruggiero, Democrat
- Register of Wills:
- Dorothy Cole, Democrat
- Randall Miller
As of the 2010 census, the county was 86.3% White, 5.0% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American or Alaskan Native, 2.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian, 2.2% were two or more races, and 3.8% were some other race. 10.5% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
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 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.
As of December 2020 there were 227,400 registered voters in Northampton County
- Democratic: 102,247 (44.96%)
- Republican: 81,446 (35.84%)
- Other parties: 43,707 (19.22%)
In recent decades, Northampton has been identified as one of Pennsylvania's "swing counties," with statewide winners carrying it in most cases; since 1952, it has gone to the statewide winner in the presidential election. All five statewide winners carried it in November 2004 and all four statewide Democratic candidates carried it in November 2008, with District Attorney 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. In 2014, John Brown bucked that trend when he became the only Republican in the 21st Century to be elected Northampton County executive, a harbinger of Donald Trump winning the county and the state at the presidential level in 2016. Lamont McClure retook the county executive position for the Democrats in 2018; Joe Biden won Northampton County and Pennsylvania in 2020.
Voting machine problems
Municipal elections were held across Pennsylvania in November 2019, and results in Northampton County were plagued with problems caused by newly purchased machines, The ExpressVoteXL, sold by the manufacturer Election Systems & Software (ES&S) as "a luxury “one-stop” voting system." According to the New York Times and other publications, it was a few minutes after the polls closed on Election Day when panic began to spread through the Northampton county election offices. Vote totals in one judge’s race showed one candidate, Abe Kassis, a Democrat, had just 164 votes out of 55,000 ballots across more than 100 precincts. Some machines reported zero votes for him..
The voting system, used in numerous Pennsylvania jurisdictions, combines a touch screen with a paper ballot backup. County officials determined the results by counting the paper ballots, which showed Mr. Kassis had won by 1,054 votes. Unofficial results were announced at 6AM on November 6th. The election results were certified following a canvass and audit. No challenges to the election results were filed. 
|Name||Party||Term start||Term end|
|Glenn F. Reibman||Democratic||1998||2006|
County Council members
- Lori Vargo Heffner, President, Democrat, at large
- William B. McGee, Vice President, Democrat, at large
- Margaret (Peg) Ferraro, Republican, at large
- Ronald R. Heckman, Democrat, at large
- Tara Zrinski, Democrat, at large
- Kevin Lott, Democrat, district 1
- Kerry Meyers, Democrat, district 2
- John Cusick, Republican, district 3
- Tom Giovanni, Republican, district 4
- Justin Simmons, Republican, 131st district
- Steve Samuelson, Democrat, 135th district
- Robert L. Freeman, Democrat, 136th district
- Joe Emrick, Republican, 137th district
- Marcia Hahn, Republican, 138th district
- Zach Mako, Republican, 183rd district
- Lisa Boscola, Democrat, 18th district
- Mario M. Scavello, Republican, 40th district
United States House of Representatives
- Susan Wild, Democrat, 7th district
United States Senate
- Pat Toomey, Republican
- Bob Casey, Democrat
- Marco Andretti, professional race car driver.
- Mario Andretti, former 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.
- Daniel Dae Kim, actor.
- Samuel Henry Kress, founder of S. H. Kress & Co. and noted art collector.
- Kristen Maloney, gymnast and former Olympian.
- Bob Parsons, former professional football player, Chicago Bears.
- Aldo Ray, actor.
- Daniel Roebuck, actor.
- Brian Schneider, professional baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies.
- Tighe Scott, NASCAR and modified driver.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas, actor.
- George Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania 1829–1835.
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:
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.
- Eastlawn Gardens
- Old Orchard
- Palmer Heights
Colleges & Universities
- Lafayette College, Easton.
- Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
- Moravian College, Bethlehem.
- Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem Township.
Public school districts & schools
- Bangor Area School District
- Bangor Area High School, Upper Mount Bethel Township
- Bethlehem Area School District
- Catasauqua Area School District
- Catasauqua High School, Northampton
- Easton Area School District
- Easton Area High School, Palmer Township
- Nazareth Area School District
- Nazareth Area High School, Nazareth
- Northampton Area School District
- Northampton Area High School, Northampton
- Pen Argyl Area School District
- Pen Argyl Area High School, Pen Argyl
- Saucon Valley School District
- Saucon Valley High School, Hellertown
- Wilson Area School District
- Wilson Area High School, Wilson
Public Charter High Schools
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Bethlehem
Non-public high schools
- Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bethlehem
- Holy Family School, Nazareth
- Moravian Academy, Bethlehem
- Notre Dame High School, Bethlehem Township
- Pius X High School, Bangor
Air transport to and from Northampton County is available through Lehigh Valley International Airport (IATA: ABE, ICAO: KABE).
Public bus service in Northampton County is available through the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, known as LANTA. A shuttle bus service, The Bethlehem Loop, also operates in Bethlehem.
- Interstate 78
- Pennsylvania Route 33
- U.S. Route 22
Northampton County was once served only by the 215 area code from 1947 (when the North American Numbering Plan of the Bell System went into effect) until 1994. With the county's growing population, however, Northampton County was afforded area code 610 in 1994. Today, Northampton County is covered by 610. An overlay area code, 484, was added to the 610 service area in 1999. A plan to introduce area code 835 as an additional overlay was rescinded in 2001.
There are 2 Pennsylvania state parks in Northampton County.
- Delaware Canal State Park follows the course of the old Delaware Canal along the Delaware River from Easton in Northampton County to Bristol in Bucks County.
- Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
- Lehigh Valley Conference
- List of shopping malls in the Lehigh Valley
- Media in the Lehigh Valley
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Northampton County, Pennsylvania
- Northampton County Prison
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- Northampton County travel guide from Wikitravel.
- Northampton County news at Lehigh Valley Live.
- Northampton County Official Web Site.
- "Living in the Greater Lehigh Valley," by The Allentown Morning Call.
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