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Location of Bath in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Bath in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Bath, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Bath, Pennsylvania
Bath, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Bath, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Bath, Pennsylvania
Bath, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
 • Total 0.91 sq mi (2.36 km2)
 • Land 0.90 sq mi (2.34 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
432 ft (132 m)
 • Total 2,693
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,954.60/sq mi (1,141.25/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 610 and 484 (610-Exchange: 837)
FIPS code 42-04432
Website Borough Website

Bath is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area.

As of the 2010 census, Bath had a population of 2,693.

The borough is named for Bath, Somerset, England.


The Bath borough is located at the head of the Monocacy Creek (Lehigh River) in an area of the Lehigh Valley that was once rich in agriculture. The greater area of the town, however, lies east of the Monocacy Valley.

Bath was established in 1728 as a Scotch-Irish settlement before the American Revolution as the first settlement by white people in the Forks of the Delaware. It is named for Bath, Somerset, England by Margaret DeLancey, who sold land under her father, lieutenant colonel of the Continental Army, William Allen, in the 1700s.

On March 3, 1737, the 247 acres of land that is currently inside the boundaries of Bath was purchased and surveyed for Daniel Craig. According to borough historians, this land spans from Chestnut Street to the north of Northampton Street. William Allen conveyed the greater part of Bath’s land to his son, Andrew, in 1776, the same year American declared its freedom from the British. That same year, Andrew Allen sold 150 acres of the land to John Lattimore. Andrew Allen also owned land west of the Monocacy, which was eventually confiscated and sold to local families in the area. Today, Bath’s current acreage is 576 acres and is less than 1 sq. mi. in area.

On August 18, 2012, Bath celebrated its 275th anniversary. In 1999, the Bath Business and Community Partnership (BBCP) was established for managing urban revitalization initiatives, including creating a greener town, organizing volunteers, and developing economic restructuring/asset enhancement.


Bath is located at 40°43′36″N 75°23′25″W / 40.72667°N 75.39028°W / 40.72667; -75.39028 (40.726556, -75.390338).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.

Bath is located 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Bethlehem and 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Pennsylvania Routes 248 and 512. Bath is also 100 miles (160 km) southwest of New York City and 60 miles (96 km) northwest of Philadelphia. It is also located near Wind Gap as well as the Delaware and Lehigh water gaps.

Bath's elevation is 432 feet (132 m) above sea level as of 2011.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 486
1870 707 45.5%
1880 698 −1.3%
1890 723 3.6%
1900 731 1.1%
1910 1,057 44.6%
1920 1,401 32.5%
1930 1,625 16.0%
1940 1,720 5.8%
1950 1,824 6.0%
1960 1,736 −4.8%
1970 1,829 5.4%
1980 1,953 6.8%
1990 2,358 20.7%
2000 2,678 13.6%
2010 2,693 0.6%
Est. 2019 2,668 −0.9%

As of the census estimates of 2011, there were 2,699 people living in Bath, an increase of 0.7% from 2000. There are 1,298 males (48.2%) and 1,398 females (51.8%). The population density was 2,890 people per square mile (1,148.9/km2). There were 1,126 housing units at an average density of 1,244.8 per square mile (483.1/km2). Racially, the borough consists of 88.9% White, 2.2% African American, 0.01% Native American, 1.0% Asian, and 1.3% from two or more races.

The most common ancestries in Bath are German (33.2%), Irish (13.1%), Italian (10.2%), English (4.7%), and Polish (3.7%).

The percentage of married families in Bath is 52.5%, while those who have never been married are 24.4%. Divorced residents account for 11.8%, followed by widowed (8.9%) and separated (2.3%) residents.

As far as education, the number of people over the age of 25 with at least a high school diploma is 76.9%. Those with a bachelor's degree or higher is 14.8% and residents with at least a graduate or professional degree is 5.9%.

The unemployment percentage in August 2012 was 8.7%.

In 2009, the median income for a household in the borough was $43,983 and the per capita income for the borough was $21,999. The average house or condo value was $194,522 and the average cost for rent was $791. For houses with mortgages, the average property tax was $3,051.

About 6.4% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.

Community Organizations

Bath is home to several organizations that include the American Legion Eckley E. Patch Post 40, the BBCP, the Bath-East Allen Youth Club, Bath Improvements Committee, Bath Museum Committee, Bath Lions Club, Bath Lioness Club, Bath Lions Midget Football Committee, Governor Wolf Historical Society, Historical Architectural Review Board, Mid-County Senior Center, and the Park, Recreation, & Shade Tree Commission. There is also a Crime Watch in place.

The four recreational areas in Bath include the Volunteer Firefighter’s Park, Keystone Park, Ciff Cowling Field, and Carl L. Rehrig Park.

Locations of Interest

  • Bath Farmer’s Market is located adjacent to the American Legion on Rt. 329 and offers local, fresh products from vegetables and bakery items to handmade soap. It is open from May–September on Fridays from 3-7 p.m.
  • The Wesselhoeft House was the first homeopathic school of medicine, located on Chestnut Street in 1829.
  • The Bath Museum is located at Penn and Washington Street on the second floor of the building. The Museum's building used to be the Red Brick Bath Public School, but through locals' efforts was converted into the Museum, which opened publicly on September 21, 2000. Items from the 1800s and up are displayed and the committee who runs the Museum are responsible for the permanent care of the artifacts. The Bath Museum is open 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. every third (3rd) Saturday of the month with the exception of December, when it will be open the first (1st) Saturday, per the Museum's website.
  • The Daniel Steckel House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Daniel Steckel built this house for his wife, Rebecca, in 1804, and raised 6 children. Steckel was a prominent man in Bath in the 1800s and lived to be 101 years old. The house was recently featured in Early American Life magazine in October 2011 and is currently registered with the National Register, the PA Inventory of Historic Places, and the Bath Historic District. It is currently a bed-and-breakfast located within minutes from the Bethlehem, Allentown, and Easton
  • The Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum is owned by Muhlenberg College and located in Bath. The arboretum is free and features native and rare trees and various species of flowers.

Public education

The borough is served by the Northampton Area School District. The borough is also home to George Wolf elementary that's been serving Bath since 1968. It provided twenty-three classrooms, a library, music room and a multipurpose room. In 1974, additions were added that included a gymnasium and twelve more classrooms. They also have three Intermediate Unit #20 classrooms. George Wolf Elementary School is named after George Wolf, a local resident and Governor of Pennsylvania from 1829 to 1835. He is known as the father of the free public school system in Pennsylvania because of his effort in passing of the Free School Act of 1834. His original Wolf Academy is located approximately one mile from the school.

Notable people

  • Matt Christopher, the sports writer, was born in Bath
  • Arthur Granville Dewalt (1854-1931), U.S. Congressman
  • Rick Petko, fabricator at Orange County Choppers and cast member of American Choppers, is born in Bath
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