About Easton, PA
It has history, it has culture and many other aspects that make it stand out in comparison to other venues in NJ.
People (used) to have good reasons to head over to Pennsylvania in the past. Most often it was lower prices due to lower taxes (on things like cigarettes), as well as legal fireworks. But much of that has been siphoned away from PA. As cigarette prices are similar now, and low-caliber fireworks are now being sold in places in NJ like supermarkets!
One can only wonder what will happen to our western neighbor over time – as they’ve been know to have both economic issues – as well as a little narcotics problem.
But we like heading into other territories – so we’ll share some of our wisdom about Easton and other Pennsylvania municipalities for you all.
Easton is a city in and the county seat of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. The city’s population was 26,800 as of the 2010 census. Easton is located at the confluence of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, roughly 55 miles (89 km) north of Philadelphia and 70 miles (110 km) west of New York City.
Easton is the easternmost city in the Lehigh Valley, a region of 731 square miles (1,893 km) that is home to more than 800,000 people. Together with Allentown and Bethlehem, the Valley embraces the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area, including Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties within Pennsylvania, and Warren County in the adjacent state of New Jersey. Easton is the smallest of the three Lehigh Valley cities, with approximately one-fourth of the population of the largest Lehigh Valley city, Allentown. In turn, this metropolitan area comprises Pennsylvania’s third-largest metropolitan area and the state’s largest and most populous contribution to the greater New York City metropolitan area.
The city is split up into four sections: Historic Downtown, which lies directly to the north of the Lehigh River, to the west of the Delaware River, continuing west to Sixth Street; The West Ward, which lies between Sixth and Fifteenth Streets; The South Side, which lies south of the Lehigh River; and College Hill, a neighborhood on the hills to the north which is the home of Lafayette College. The boroughs of Wilson, West Easton, and Glendonare also directly adjacent to the city; the first and largest of which, Wilson, partially aligns in the same North-South Grid as the city of Easton.
Centre Square, the town square of the city’s Downtown neighborhood, is home to the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, a memorial for Easton area veterans killed during the American Civil War. The Peace Candle, a candle-like structure, is assembled and disassembled every year atop the Civil War monument for the Christmas season.
The Lenape Native Americans originally referred to the area as “Lechauwitank”, or “The Place at the Forks”. The site of the future city was part of the land obtained from the Delawares by the Walking Purchase. Thomas Penn set aside a 1,000 acres (4.0 km) tract of land at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers for a town. Easton was settled by Europeans in 1739 and founded in 1752, and was so named at the request of Penn; he had recently married Juliana Fermor, the daughter of Lord Pomfret whose estate was called Easton Neston, near Towcester, Northamptonshire, England. As Northampton County was being formed at this time, Easton was selected as its county seat.
During the French and Indian War, the Treaty of Easton was signed here by the British colonial government of the Province of Pennsylvania and the Native American tribes in the Ohio Country, including the Shawnee and Lenape.
Easton was an important military center during the American Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, Easton had a military hospital. On 18 June 1779, General John Sullivan led 2,500 Continentals from Easton to engage British Indian allies on the frontier. On Easton was one of the first three places the Declaration of Independence was publicly read (along with Philadelphia and Trenton). It is claimed that the Easton flag was flown during that reading, making it one of the first “Stars and Stripes” to fly over the colonies. This flag, which is known to date to the War of 1812, currently serves as Easton’s municipal flag.
Easton was a major commercial center during the canal and railroad periods of the 19th century, when it was a transportation hub for the steel industry. Three canals, the Delaware, the Lehigh, and the Morris, served to connect the coal regions to the north and west, the iron works to the west, the commercial port of Philadelphia to the south, and the New York City area to the east via a connection with the Morris Canal across the Delaware River in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. When canal transportation was largely replaced by railroads, Easton was served by five railroads, and only lost its prominence in transportation with the rise of the automobile in the mid-20th century.
Like the Pennsylvania Dutch region to the southwest, Easton has a strong German heritage. The Pennsylvania Argus, a German-language newspaper, was published in Easton until 1917. As part of their heritage, the Germans put up one of the continent’s earliest Christmas trees in Easton; Daniel Foley’s book states that “Another diary reference unearthed recently makes mention of a tree set-up at Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1816.” There is a plaque in Scott Park (along the Delaware River) commemorating this event.
Historians of angling believe that Samuel Phillipe, an Easton gunsmith, invented the six-strip split-cane Bamboo fly rod. A Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission plaque near Center Square commemorates this event.
Easton is located at United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km), of which, 4.3 square miles (11 km) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km) (8.39%) is water, including Bushkill Creek and the Lehigh and Delaware rivers.(40.688248, −75.216458). According to the
Downtown Easton lies at the confluence of the Lehigh River and Delaware River and is a low-lying area surrounded by hills to the north, west, and south. North of downtown is College Hill, the home of Lafayette College. South Easton, divided by the Lehigh River from the rest of the city, was a separate borough until 1898; it was settled initially by Native Americans, later by canal workers, and then was later the home of several silk mills.
As of the 2010 census, the city was 67.2% White, 16.8% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 4.9% were two or more races. 19.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,263 people, 9,544 households, and 5,735 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,168.4 per square mile (2,380.3/km). There were 10,545 housing units at an average density of 2,476.7 per square mile (955.7/km). The racial makeup of the city was 78.48% White, 12.71% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.66% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 3.67% from other races, and 3.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.79% of the population. The increase in Hispanic/Latinos—from less than 10% of the population in the 2000 census, to nearly 20% in the 2010 census, is a significant change in the city’s demographics. The growth in Hispanic residents is similar to increases in Allentown and Bethlehem, the two other major cities in the Lehigh Valley.
There were 9,544 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out, with 23.3% under the age of 18, 16.3% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.
|Crime rates (2008)|
|Total violent crime:||602.2|
|Motor vehicle theft:||253.2|
|Total property crime:||3,923.8|
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.
2008 population: 26,072
|Source: 2008 FBI UCR Data|
The median income for a household in the city was $33,162, and the median income for a family was $38,704. Males had a median income of $32,356 versus $23,609 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,949. About 12.3% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.
Bus transportation is provided by LANTA Metro bus services.
Easton has no passenger rail service. Until 1983 New Jersey Transit‘s Raritan Valley Line terminated at Phillipsburg, New Jersey, on the other side of the Delaware River from Easton. The line now stops at High Bridge, New Jersey, roughly 20 miles (32 km) to the east. Under NJT’s I-78 Corridor study this service would be restored.
- Eddie Alkire – music educator, inventor, and Hawaiian guitar virtuoso
- Chuck Amato – former head football coach, North Carolina State University
- Lisa Ann – pornographic actress
- Christian Bauman – novelist
- James McKeen Cattell – first United States psychology professor
- Jack Coleman – actor, NBC‘s Heroes
- Joseph F. Crater – subject of infamous missing person case
- George Daniel – commissioner, National Lacrosse League
- Parke H. Davis – football coach and lawyer
- Don Dixon – astronomical artist
- Omar Doom – actor and musician
- Michael F. Flynn – science-fiction writer
- Larry Holmes – former world heavyweight boxing champion (fought under nickname “The Easton Assassin”)
- Frank Reed Horton – founder of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
- Daniel Dae Kim – actor, ABC’s Lost and CBS‘s Hawaii Five-0
- Christopher Lennertz – music composer, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Supernatural
- J. Robert Lennon – novelist
- Dennis Mammana – astronomy columnist, lecturer, photographer
- Francis March – academic
- Peyton C. March – former U.S. Army Chief of Staff
- Kristen McMenamy – fashion model
- Robert B. Meyner – former Governor of New Jersey
- Mulgrew Miller – jazz pianist
- Randall Munroe – writer, XKCD comic series
- Alix Ohlin – novelist
- Frank Pulli – major league baseball umpire
- Sally Jessy Raphaël – television talk show host
- Andrew Horatio Reeder – Governor of Kansas
- William Findlay Rogers – former Mayor of Buffalo, New York
- Dee Roscioli – Broadway actress, Elphaba in Wicked
- Florence B. Seibert – biochemist, winner of the Garvan–Olin Medal
- Charles Sitgreaves – (1803–1878), represented New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district from 1865–1869
- Samuel Sitgreaves – U. S. commissioner to Great Britain, U.S. Congressman
- Jennie Somogyi – ballerina, principal dancer, New York City Ballet
- Peter Stevenson – artist and illustrator
- Robert Sun – inventor of 24 Game
- George Taylor – signator to the Declaration of Independence
- Jim Trimble – professional football coach, inventor of standard slingshot goalposts
- Dave Van Horne – Major League Baseball broadcaster, original voice of the Montreal Expos
- Jack Wallaesa – Major League Baseball player
- Samuel Wallinformer US Congressman
- Bobby Weaver – gold medalist 1984 Summer Olympics, freestyle wrestling
- Bob Weiss – professional basketball player and coach
- Charles A. Wikoff – most senior-ranking U.S. Army officer killed in the Spanish–American War