Weatherly

Weatherly is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania

The Borough of Weatherly located in Carbon County PA was founded by Benjamin Romig in 1825 through the purchase of a 400-acre piece of prime timber land he owned on the west side of Black Creek (Hazle Creek). It was called Black Creek because of the dark water that came from the hemlock swamps that flowed down through the borough. The area was settled to take advantage of the standing timber. The Borough of Weatherly was incorporated on October 8, 1863. Starting with the timbering industry and moving forward with the development of the railroad and transportation of coal, the population of the borough grew dramatically. Other industries were started that employed vast numbers of the population of the borough and surrounding communities, and even one classified as the largest in the world.

 

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Weatherly is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States, located 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Jim Thorpe and 28 miles (45 km) south of Wilkes-Barre. Early in the twentieth century, there were silk mills, foundries, a candy factory, a fabricating plant, and a cigar factory. In 1900 2,471 people lived there, and in 1910, the population was 2,501. The population was 2,525 at the 2010 census.

Originally called "Black Creek", it received a name change to "Weatherly" in 1848. Clock-maker David Weatherly, also an executive of the Beaver Meadow Railroad, made an agreement with the town that he would build them a clock if they would rename the town "Weatherly". They changed the name of the town to Weatherly, however David Weatherly returned to Philadelphia to be treated for cancer and died before he could build the promised clock. Charles and Eurana Schwab funded the clock that was built into the clock tower on top of the town's school, but the town kept the name Weatherly.

Geography
Weatherly is located in northwestern Carbon County at 40°56′25″N 75°49′36″W (40.940257, -75.826722). It is situated at an elevation of 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level in the Ridge-and-Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains, between Spring Mountain and Round Head Mountain to the north and Broad Mountain to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.98 square miles (7.72 km2), all of it land.

Demographics
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,612 people, 931 households, and 679 families residing in the borough. The population density was 866.8 people per square mile (335.0/km²). There were 1,033 housing units at an average density of 342.8 per square mile (132.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.97% White, 0.27% African American, 0.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

The most common ancestries in Weatherly are Italian (25.2%), Polish (15.8%), German (12.4%), Irish (10.9%), and Slovak (5.5%)

There were 931 households, out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,219, and the median income for a family was $43,047. Males had a median income of $32,679 versus $21,607 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,192. About 8.7% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education
The Weatherly Area School District serves about 800 young students. The elementary and middle schools share one building while the high school is located just across the street.

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