Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

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Catasauqua is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, settled in 1805 and chartered as a borough in 1853. Catasauqua is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

Historically, manufacturing was Catasauqua's principal industry, and, in 1839, it was the location of the first manufactured anthracite iron in the nation. Catasauqua's population in 1910 was 5,250. The population was 6,588 at the 2000 census. The word Catasauqua is shortened to "Catty" in local dialect when speaking of the place.


Borough officials

  • Barbara Schlegel - Mayor
  • Eugene Goldfeder - Borough Manager
  • Susan Hein - Treasurer
  • Brian K. McKittrick - Council President
  • Tammy Cameron - Council Vice-President
  • Mica Smith - Council Member
  • Vince Smith - Council Member
  • Alfred Regits - Council Member
  • Brian Bartholomew - Council Member
  • Jessica Kroope - Council Member
  • Douglas Kish - Police Chief
  • Richard Hertzog Jr - Fire Chief
  • Tom Adams - mayor's sidekick


Catasauqua is located at 40°39′11″N 75°28′3″W / 40.65306°N 75.4675°W / 40.65306; -75.4675 (40.652995, -75.467627)[1]. Nearby large communities include Allentown three miles (5 km) to the south and Bethlehem.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.31%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,588 people, 2,616 households, and 1,750 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,205.7 people per square mile (2,002.9/km²). There were 2,747 housing units at an average density of 2,170.6/sq mi (835.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.60% White, 1.18% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.54% of the population.

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