Bowmanstown

Bowmanstown is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania

In 1858, Robert Prince started the “Iron Ore Metallic Paint Company” at the Lehigh Gap.  They produced 4,000 tons of paint pigment annually by 1875.  In 1879 Prince went to work with Henry Bowman at Bowman’s Station to form the Prince Manufacturing Company.  By December of 1882, the post office was officially named “Prince Post Office,” a testament to this company’s early importance.  In 1885 it was changed to “Bowmanstown.”

 

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Bowmanstown is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 937 at the 2010 census. Bowmanstown is at an elevation of 437 feet (133 m) and is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Palmerton and 4 miles (6 km) south of Lehighton off Route 248. 

Geography
Bowmanstown is located in southern Carbon County at 40°48′3″N 75°39′44″W (40.800737, -75.662167), on the northeast bank of the Lehigh River. It is bordered on the east and north by Lower Towamensing Township, on the southeast by the borough of Palmerton, and on the southwest and west by East Penn Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2), of which 0.77 square miles (1.99 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), or 3.59%, is water.

Demographics
As of the census of 2000, there were 895 people, 389 households, and 257 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,156.2 people per square mile (448.8/km²). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 538.7 per square mile (209.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.44% White, 0.22% Asian, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 389 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,688, and the median income for a family was $39,018. Males had a median income of $31,845 versus $20,913 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,956. About 7.4% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

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