Bangor, Pennsylvania

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Bangor is a borough located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 75 miles (120 km) west of New York City, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Pennsylvania's Slate Belt.



The borough was settled about 1760 and first incorporated in 1875. Slate quarries pepper the area, but only a few are still functioning. The founder and first Chief Burgess of Bangor was Robert M. Jones, an emigree from Bangor, Wales. He was the prime mover in the establishment of the slate industry in Northampton County. A life-sized statue of him, dedicated on September 24, 1914, remains in the town center. In the official program for the unveiling it states "... Mr. Jones in his prime had many charming qualities, chief among which was his constant optimistic disposition."[citation needed] Mr. Jones was a prominent leader of a chapter of the KKK[citation needed].

Indeed, if one visits Bangor, Wales it is clearly visible that the Welsh heritage made its way to Bangor, Pennsylvania. The stone walls, rectangular gardens, and lovely flowers and greenery of Wales mirror that of Bangor, Pennsylvania. Around Bangor one can also see the piles of slate residue and shale that is reminiscent of the area around Bethesda, Wales.[citation needed]

The population of Bangor was 2,509, in 1890; 4,106 in 1900; 5,369 in 1910; and 5,687 in 1940. The population was 5,319 at the most recent 2000 census.


Bangor is located at 40°52′0″N 75°12′39″W / 40.866667°N 75.21083°W / 40.866667; -75.21083 (40.866749, -75.210759)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.0 km² (1.6 mi²). 4.0 km² (1.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (1.28%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,319 people, 2,105 households, and 1,420 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,333.6/km² (3,453.4/mi²). There were 2,249 housing units at an average density of 563.9/km² (1,460.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

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