Deer Lake, Pennsylvania

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Deer Lake is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 528 at the 2000 census. The mayor of the borough is Michael Cooper.



The community was founded as a resort community serving coal barons and other members of the wealthy elite of nearby Pottsville, Pennsylvania. A small summer stock theatre operated during the 1920s, in which actors such as John Kenley performed.

In 1972 Muhammad Ali set his training camp in Deer Lake, and it still stands today complete with an indoor boxing ring.

Since 2005, the Deer Lake community has enjoyed a fireworks display every Fourth of July put off by a local family.


Deer Lake is located at 40°37′19″N 76°3′17″W / 40.62194°N 76.05472°W / 40.62194; -76.05472 (40.621903, -76.054638)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (6.67%) is water.

Pennsylvania Route 61 is the principal highway passing through Deer Lake.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 528 people, 203 households, and 160 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,261.8 people per square mile (485.4/km²). There were 216 housing units at an average density of 516.2/sq mi (198.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.30% White, 0.19% Native American, 1.33% Asian, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.94.

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