Whitehall

Whitehall Township is a first class township with home rule status in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania,

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Whitehall Township is a first class township with home rule status in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. The population of Whitehall Township was 26,738 at the 2010 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33.1 km2), of which, 12.6 square miles (32.6 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2) of it (1.80%) is water.

History

The original land area of Whitehall Township established in 1752 included the current Townships of North Whitehall and South Whitehall and Coplay Borough. In 1867 the current land area of Township of Whitehall was incorporated. The name, Whitehall came from the British and is said to have originated from Lynford Lardner's hunting lodge that was painted with whitewash. Lardner named it "Grouse Hall", but the common people of the region called it "White Hall".

History

Whitehall Township's villages include Cementon , Egypt , Fullerton , Hokendauqua, Mickleys, Stiles and West Catasauqua. Agriculture was the major industry until the mid-1800's. Today, about 2,000 acres are under cultivation. There were six grist mills in Whitehall , built to process grains for the farmers into flour and animal feed. Only one grist mill remains - the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill.

History

Completion of the Lehigh Canal in 1829 led to further development. Discovery of iron ore deposits brought Whitehall into the Industrial Revolution when the first blast iron furnace was built in Hokendauqua in 1854. This was immediately followed by the establishment of a railroad system to transport raw materials to the furnaces and to ship the final product. Population grew rapidly as these industries attracted Welsh and Irish immigrants.

History

Whitehall became classified as a First Class Township with a population of 7,935 in 1900. This gave the Township specified municipal rights for supplying electric lights, highways and sewers at public expense.

Recent & Present Day

The post-World War II era began the transition from the manufacturing industries to the retail industry as Whitehall became a bedroom community as a suburb of Allentown . The individual villages became united into one entity known as Whitehall in 1968, when the U.S. Post Office combined its separate town branches.

Recent & Present Day

In 1974, voters approved the adoption of a Home Rule Charter form of government, creating a seven-member legislative body and an elected Executive. Today, with an annual budget in excess of $19 million, Whitehall provides a full range of municipal services to its residents.

Recent & Present Day

In 1974, voters approved the adoption of a Home Rule Charter form of government, creating a seven-member legislative body and an elected Executive. Today, with an annual budget in excess of $19 million, Whitehall provides a full range of municipal services to its residents.

Recent & Present Day

Today, Whitehall Township offers all of the amenities of a highly desirable community with a high quality of life, as well as an excellent climate for business, commerce and industry.

The Lehigh Valley Mall

The Lehigh Valley Mall is an enclosed super-regional shopping mall located in the community of Fullerton in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is the largest shopping mall in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.

Education

Whitehall-Coplay School District serves the township, as well as the borough of Coplay. Students in grades 9–12 from both municipalities attend Whitehall High School.

Ironton Rail Trail

The Ironton Rail Trail is an acquired green way that spans more than nine mile, looping in Whitehall and winding through the borough of Coplay and North Whitehall Township. The side, flat trail combined with easy access provides an outdoor recreational opportunity for people of all ages and physical abilities. The trail is also used for events such as historical hikes, trolley tours and a 10k race.

Whitehall Parkway

A beautiful, passive and natural 110 acre park with fishing, various hiking trails, historical buildings and bird watching is available to everyone. Whitehall Parkway is popular for cross country skiers and is connected to the Ironton Rail-Trail. It is located just north of the Municipal Building and west of Rt. 145. Parking is available on Chestnut Street and South Church Street. Watch for the Civil War Weekend held annually in June at the Parkway.

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Demographics
As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 26,738 people, 10,376 households, and 6,817 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,981.1 people per square mile (764.7/km2). There were 10,744 housing units at an average density of 855.0 per square mile (330.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.56% White, 2.74% African American, 0.13% Native American, 3.62% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.37% of the population.

There were 10,376 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 52% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $43,070, and the median income for a family was $51,597. Males had a median income of $39,175 versus $26,933 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,383. About 4.4% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

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