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Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Settled 1859
Incorporated December 16, 1863
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Elevation 1,240 ft (380 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,647
 • Density 9,060.8/sq mi (3,498.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17948
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 773
Website Mahanoy City

Mahanoy City (pronounced MAHA-noy) is a City located 38 miles (61 km) southwest of Wilkes-Barre and 13 miles southwest of Hazleton, in northern Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in the southern Coal Region. It is located entirely within but is not part of Mahanoy Township. The name "Mahanoy" is believed to be a variation of the Native American word 'Maghonioy', or "the salt deposits".


Mahanoy City, originally a part of Mahanoy township, was settled in 1859 and incorporated as a borough by decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Schuylkill County on December 16, 1863.

Fire clay also abounds locally. The borough's principal industries remain the mining and shipping of coal, although the demand for it has steadily declined since its peak in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The manufacturing of shirts, bedding and foundry products is also fairly prominent.

In 1930 the St. Nicholas Coal Breaker was built and went into operation in 1932; slated to be demolished in 2015, it is still standing as of July 27th, 2016.

In 1948, Mahanoy City became the first municipality in the country to have Cable TV.


Mahanoy City is located at 40°48′45″N 76°8′25″W / 40.8125°N 76.14028°W / 40.8125; -76.14028 (40.812413, -76.140223), with PA 54 as a main thoroughfare and through road, serving as a main street named Centre Street. To the west it connects to ‹See Tfd›Shenandoah thence to the Susquehanna Valley and to the east reaches through several unincorporated villages then passes through ‹See Tfd›Barnesville as Pine Creek Dr. and then serves ‹See Tfd›Hometown as a main road, intersecting US 309 (N-S) before passing into ‹See Tfd›Tamaqua and ‹See Tfd›Nesquehoning. The borough is situated in the valley of Mahanoy Creek, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Shenandoah and 11 miles (18 km) westnorthwest of Tamaqua, both of which are reached via Route 54. Mahanoy City lies at an elevation of 1240 feet above sea level; Broad Mountain (1795 ft), a ridge extending through Schuylkill County, overlooks it on the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,533
1880 7,181 29.8%
1890 11,286 57.2%
1900 13,504 19.7%
1910 15,936 18.0%
1920 15,599 −2.1%
1930 14,784 −5.2%
1940 13,442 −9.1%
1950 10,934 −18.7%
1960 8,536 −21.9%
1970 7,257 −15.0%
1980 6,167 −15.0%
1990 5,209 −15.5%
2000 4,647 −10.8%
2010 4,162 −10.4%
Est. 2015 4,070 −2.2%

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,647 people, 2,113 households, and 1,210 families residing in the borough. The population density was 9,060.8 people per square mile (3,518.1/km²). There were 2,595 housing units at an average density of 5,059.8 per square mile (1,964.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.79% White, 0.22% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

There were 2,113 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.2% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $24,347, and the median income for a family was $32,033. Males had a median income of $29,628 versus $20,288 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,369. About 12.6% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

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