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Pen Argyl
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Pen Argyl
Official name: Borough of Pen Argyl
Name origin: Pen, Cornish for "mountain;" Argyl, for "clay" (or slate)
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Elevation 781 ft (238 m)
Coordinates 40°52′08″N 75°15′20″W / 40.86889°N 75.25556°W / 40.86889; -75.25556
Area 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km²)
 - land 1.4 sq mi (4 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 3,595 (2010)
Density 2,567.9 /sq mi (991.5 /km²)
Incorporated 1882
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18072
Area code 610 and 484
School District Pen Argyl Area School District
Location of Pen Argyl in Northampton County
Location of Pen Argyl in Northampton County
Location of Pen Argyl in Pennsylvania
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Location of Pen Argyl in Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Pen Argyl (/pɛn ɑːrɪl/; Pennsylvania Dutch: Kleiberg) is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 26 miles (42 km) north of Allentown, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. It is part of Pennsylvania's Slate Belt.


In 1900, 2,784 people lived in Pen Argyl, and in 1910, 3,967 people lived here. The population was 3,595 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 0.71% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 572
1890 2,108 268.5%
1900 2,784 32.1%
1910 3,967 42.5%
1920 4,096 3.3%
1930 4,310 5.2%
1940 4,059 −5.8%
1950 3,878 −4.5%
1960 3,693 −4.8%
1970 3,668 −0.7%
1980 3,388 −7.6%
1990 3,492 3.1%
2000 3,615 3.5%
2010 3,595 −0.6%
Est. 2015 3,541 −1.5%

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,615 people, 1,427 households, and 1,003 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,603.9 people per square mile (1,004.1/km2). There were 1,506 housing units at an average density of 1,084.8 per square mile (418.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.81% White, 0.07% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 1,427 households, out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $40,066, and the median income for a family was $47,935. Males had a median income of $32,596 versus $23,239 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,145. About 4.3% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Public education

The borough is served by the Pen Argyl Area School District.

Notable locations and events

Pen Argyl is the burial place of actress Jayne Mansfield, whose family requested to have her body buried in Fairview Cemetery, located on the borough's outskirts. Her heart-shaped gravestone is visible from the road.

Pen Argyl is also home to the Weona Park Dentzel carousel, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pen Argyl's Fire Company, Lookout Fire Company #1, also holds an annual Labor Day parade and carnival.

Pen Argyl is also home to Real English Foods, Inc, the company behind Mr. Pastie.

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