Pennsylvania Carbon County Public Schools

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Created on March 13, 1843 from parts of Northampton and Monroe Counties. Its name alludes to its deposits of coal. Jim Thorpe, the county seat, was originally incorporated on January 26, 1850 as the borough of Mauch Chunk, an Indian named meaning Bear Mountain. It was renamed in 1954 for the famous Indian athlete, Jim Thorpe, who is buried there.

Consisting largely of land Pennsylvania obtained by the Walking Purchase from the Delaware Indians in 1737, it was the scene of Moravian missions to the Indians, frontier fighting during the French and Indian War, and Tory raids during the Revolution. The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, formed in 1822, built an economic base, and Mauch Chunk flourished. Wealthy canal boat builder Asa Packer led the movement to create the county. In 1851 he formed the Lehigh Valley Railroad and broke the Navigation Company’s control, although it revived after another railroad opened the Lackawanna Valley as a route for transporting coal to New York. When New York tycoon J.P. Morgan bought the Lehigh Valley Railroad in the late 1890s, millionaires left Mauch Chunk and the area declined. Deep coal mining lasted until 1973. Always producing high quality anthracite, the county still is an area for surface mining. Zinc mining became important after 1898, and the forests produce good lumber. But this is not an agricultural county; only 9 percent of the land is farmed. The population peak, 63,380, occurred in 1930. The Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the thriving tourist attractions of Mauch Chunk sustain the present economy. Women’s clothing is the largest manufacturing business. The value added to the economy by manufacturing in this county increased 67 percent between 1987 and 1992.

There was an Underground Railroad station at Palmerton. Carbon County was the scene of much of the Molly Maguires movement against coal mine owners.

Carbon County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 381.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 167.6 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 16.3%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 0.6% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.5% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.44 persons compared to an average family size of 2.93 persons.

In 2008 health care and social assistance was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $32,571. Per capita income grew by 7.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 63,865 Covered Employment 16,784
Growth (%) since 1990 12.4% Average wage per job $29,545
Households (2000) 23,701 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 12.8%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 31,620 Average wage per job $39,780
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 3.5%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $31,136 Average wage per job $36,374
Median Household Income (2008) $47,425 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 17.1%
Poverty Rate (2008) 11.0 Average wage per job $32,571
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 79.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.2%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 11.0 Average wage per job $37,618
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1. CARBON CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Address: 150 W 13th St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-3682
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 335
Grades: 9-12

2. EAST PENN EL SCHOOL
Address: 496 W Lizard Creek Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-6094
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 131
Grades: KG-4

3. FRANKLIN EL SCHOOL
Address: 1122 Fairyland Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-6163
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 299
Grades: PK-4

4. JIM THORPE AREA SHS
Address: 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-3663
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 634
Grades: 7-12

5. L B MORRIS EL SCHOOL
Address: 150 W 10th St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-2703
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 797
Grades: KG-8

6. LEHIGHTON AREA HS
Address: 1 Indian Lane, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-6180
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 823
Grades: 9-12

7. LEHIGHTON AREA MS
Address: 301 Beaver Run Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-6535
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 738
Grades: 5-8

8. MAHONING EL SCHOOL
Address: 2466 Mahoning Dr E, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (570) 386-4678
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 198
Grades: PK-4

9. PALMERTON AREA HS
Address: 3525 Fireline Rd, Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-3155
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 595
Grades: 9-12

10. PALMERTON AREA JHS
Address: 3529 Fireline Rd, Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-2492
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 314
Grades: 7-8

11. PALMERTON FRANKLIN EDUCATION CENTER
Address: 680 Fourth Street, Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-4914
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 179
Grades: KG-1

12. PANTHER VALLEY EL SCHOOL
Address: 1 North Mermon Avenue, Nesquehoning, PA 18240
Phone: (570) 669-9411
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 858
Grades: KG-5

13. PANTHER VALLEY MS
Address: 678 Panther Pride Drive, Lansford, PA 18232
Phone: (570) 645-2175
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 382
Grades: 6-8

14. PANTHER VALLEY SHS
Address: 912 Coal Region Way, Lansford, PA 18232
Phone: (570) 645-2171
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 555
Grades: 9-12

15. PENN/KIDDER CAMPUS
Address: 2937 Route 903, Albrightsville, PA 18210
Phone: (570) 722-1150
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 758 KG-8

16. PLEASANT VALLEY INTRMD SCHOOL
Address: Rr3 Box 498, Kunkletown, PA 18058
Phone: (570) 402-1000
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 1,534 5-7

17. S S PALMER EL SCHOOL
Address: 298 Lafayette Ave, Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-7538
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 506 2-6

18. SHULL-DAVID EL SCHOOL
Address: 200 Beaver Run Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-7880
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 294
Grades: PK-4

19. TOWAMENSING EL SCHOOL
Address: 7920 Interchange Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 681-4024
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 392
Grades: KG-6

20. WEATHERLY AREA EL SCHOOL
Address: 602 6th St, Weatherly, PA 18255
Phone: (570) 427-8687
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 313
Grades: KG-5

21. WEATHERLY AREA MS
Address: 602 6th St, Weatherly, PA 18255
Phone: (570) 427-8689
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 174
Grades: 6-8

22. WEATHERLY AREA SHS
Address: 601 6th St, Weatherly, PA 18255
Phone: (570) 427-8521
County: Carbon County
Enrollment: 257
Grades: 9-12