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Borough of Roseto
Roseto Presbyterian Church, Northampton Co PA.JPG
Roseto Presbyterian Church
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Elevation 794 ft (242 m)
Coordinates 40°52′50″N 75°13′02″W / 40.88056°N 75.21722°W / 40.88056; -75.21722
Area 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km²)
 - land 0.6 sq mi (2 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 1,653 (2000)
Density 1,067.8 /sq mi (412.3 /km²)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 18013
Area code 610 and 484

Roseto is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. Roseto is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. It is part of Pennsylvania's Slate Belt.

The population of Roseto was 1,653 at the 2000 census.


The town is named for the village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy. It was largely settled by German, Dutch and Italian Americans employed at the numerous local slate quarries. The Wind Gap and Delaware Railroad opened a line through the town in 1883. It was operated by the Central Railroad of New Jersey until 1905, after which it was merged into the Lehigh and New England Railroad, which abandoned the line in 1955. It was incorporated as a borough in 1912.

Roseto is known in the fields of sociology and cardiology for the Roseto effect, wherein the close-knit community exhibited half the national average rate of heart disease in the mid-20th century. This finding helped to establish that stress can contribute to heart disease.


Roseto is located at 40°52′50″N 75°13′2″W / 40.88056°N 75.21722°W / 40.88056; -75.21722 (40.880576, -75.217345).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,634
1930 1,746 6.9%
1940 1,778 1.8%
1950 1,676 −5.7%
1960 1,630 −2.7%
1970 1,538 −5.6%
1980 1,484 −3.5%
1990 1,555 4.8%
2000 1,653 6.3%
2010 1,567 −5.2%
Est. 2015 1,549 −1.1%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,653 people, 640 households, and 476 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,634.5 people per square mile (1,013.1/km2). There were 670 housing units at an average density of 1,067.8 per square mile (410.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.85% White, 0.36% Asian, 0.18% African American, 0.18% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 640 households, out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,813, and the median income for a family was $45,833. Males had a median income of $36,563 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,419. About 5.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Public education

The borough is served by the Bangor Area School District.


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