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Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Detwiller Plaza in downtown Hellertown
Detwiller Plaza in downtown Hellertown
Location of Hellertown in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Hellertown in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Hellertown, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Hellertown, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
 • Total 1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Land 1.31 sq mi (3.40 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
322 ft (98 m)
 • Total 5,898
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,444.36/sq mi (1,716.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes 610 and 484
FIPS code 42-33744

Hellertown is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. Hellertown is located in the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area. Its population was 5,898 at the 2010 census.

Hellertown is home to Lost River Caverns, a natural limestone cavern.


Hellertown is located at 40°35′3″N 75°20′17″W / 40.58417°N 75.33806°W / 40.58417; -75.33806 (40.584099, -75.338139).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.


Pennsylvania Route 412 runs north-south through Hellertown on Main Street, heading north to Bethlehem and south into Bucks County, where it provides access to Pennsylvania Route 611. PA 412 has an interchange with Interstate 78 on the northern edge of Hellertown, which heads west to Allentown and Harrisburg and east to Easton and New York City.

LANTA provides bus service to Hellertown along Route 215, which provides service Monday-Saturday north to Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley International Airport, and Route 105, which provides Sunday service north to Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley Mall. Klein Transportation and Trans-Bridge Lines provide bus service from Hellertown to New York City from a park and ride lot located at the interchange between I-78 and PA 412. Hellertown formerly had commuter rail service along SEPTA's Bethlehem Line north to Bethlehem and south to Philadelphia at Hellertown station, but service ended in 1981.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 605
1890 708 17.0%
1900 745 5.2%
1910 915 22.8%
1920 3,008 228.7%
1930 3,851 28.0%
1940 4,031 4.7%
1950 5,435 34.8%
1960 6,716 23.6%
1970 6,615 −1.5%
1980 6,025 −8.9%
1990 5,662 −6.0%
2000 5,606 −1.0%
2010 5,898 5.2%
2019 (est.) 5,831 −1.1%

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,606 people, 2,448 households, and 1,571 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,180.8 people per square mile (1,615.3/km2). There were 2,570 housing units at an average density of 1,916.6 per square mile (740.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.20% White, 0.30% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

There were 2,448 households, out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the borough the population was distributed, with 20.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,651, and the median income for a family was $49,604. Males had a median income of $37,935 versus $26,322 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,119. About 4.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Public education

Hellertown Borough and Lower Saucon Township are served by the Saucon Valley School District. Saucon Valley School District is made up of an elementary school, middle school and high school.

Notable people

  • Birthplace of Eugene J. McGuinness, Bishop of Oklahoma City-Tulsa
  • Home of Allen Woodring, 1920 Olympic gold medalist in the 200m.
  • Birthplace of the mathematician and professor Carl Benjamin Boyer
  • Home of Ted Poley, lead singer of the 1980s rock band Danger Danger
  • Home of Glenn Hetrick, special make-up effects artist/designer

See also

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