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Welcome to Palmerton ...

Palmerton is located in Carbon County<1>.

The location of Palmerton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Palmerton, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was on a map dated 1911.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Palmerton has a population of 5,332 people<3> (see below for details).

Palmerton is 400 feet [122 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Palmerton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Palmerton had an population of 5,332 people. This is a decrease of 1.51% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.6% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Palmerton had a population of 5,414 people (or 8.3% of the total population of Carbon County). This makes Palmerton the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Palmerton represents 0.04% of the population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 175th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,414 people, the population of Palmerton increased 3.16% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 5,248 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Palmerton.

Communities Also Named Palmerton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 2 communities that are also named Palmerton - they are located in Illinois and Indiana.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Palmerton.

Communities near Palmerton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Palmerton.

  • Allentown
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
  • Bethlehem
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
  • Emmaus
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Northampton
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
  • Catasauqua
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Catasauqua have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catasauqua
    • Catasauqua is located in Lehigh County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,606 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Catasauqua <5>
  • Nazareth
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Fountain Hill
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fountain Hill
    • Fountain Hill is located in Lehigh County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,713 people
  • Jim Thorpe
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jim Thorpe
    • Jim Thorpe is located in Carbon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,650 people
    • Former names for Jim Thorpe:
    • East Mauch Chunk
    • Mauch Chunk
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jim Thorpe <5>
  • Lansford
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lansford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lansford
    • Lansford is located in Carbon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,760 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lansford <5>
  • Pen Argyl
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Palmerton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Palmerton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Palmerton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Palmerton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Palmerton. See our Newspapers Page for Palmerton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Palmerton ...

Looking for more information about Palmerton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Palmerton, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Palmerton.

Adding Palmerton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Palmerton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Palmerton was on a map titled Map of Pennsylvania (from Rand McNally, 1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Palmerton.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Palmerton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Carbon County:

The official website for State of Pennsylvania:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Carbon, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Palmerton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Palmerton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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