Fullerton, Pennsylvania

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Fullerton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Fullerton is a suburb of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

The population of Fullerton was 14,268 at the 2000 census.

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History

Originally known as Ferndale, the town was located on tracts of land originally settled by Giles Windsor (1767), Stephen Snyder (1786) and Jacob Yundt (1826).[1] In 1895, the town was renamed "Fullerton" in honor of local businessman James W. Fuller Jr., who had purchased the railroad car wheel factory of Frederick & Company in 1865 and operated it as McKee, Fuller & Co.[2] and later the Lehigh Car, Wheel & Axle Works.[3] Fuller laid out the hamlet in 1870, and by 1883 it was a thriving company-town with a population in excess of 1,500 men and their families. When the Lehigh Valley cement industry exploded in the early 1900s, Fuller's company prospered by providing machinery to the mills in the region, and the town supplied the workforce for both his factories, and the numerous mills and quarries operating in the immediate area.

Geography

Fullerton is located at 40°37′53″N 75°28′49″W / 40.63139°N 75.48028°W / 40.63139; -75.48028 (40.631297, -75.480215)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²) of it is land and 0.27% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 14,268 people, 6,224 households, and 3,827 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,815.5 people per square mile (1,473.0/km²). There were 6,484 housing units at an average density of 1,733.9/sq mi (669.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.09% White, 3.88% African American, 0.16% Native American, 5.52% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.57% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.15% of the population.

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