Coaldale, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

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Coaldale is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. Settled in 1827 is was incorporated in 1906 from part of Ryan Township, it is named for the coal industry. The town has a busstop which boasts a billboard on one side reading "Everybody's Goal Is Mine More Coal".


Coaldale is located at 40°49′20″N 75°54′36″W / 40.82222°N 75.91°W / 40.82222; -75.91 (40.822234, -75.910115)[1], which is 1 mile southwest of Lansford on the border of Carbon and Schuylkill Counties and is also 5 miles northeast of Tamaqua. Coaldale's elevation is 1050 feet above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,295 people, 1,046 households, and 606 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,055.2 people per square mile (408.3/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 555.9/sq mi (215.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.34% White, 0.31% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 1,046 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $23,362, and the median income for a family was $31,905. Males had a median income of $28,317 versus $18,083 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,021. About 8.3% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

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