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Bangor is a borough located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania 75 miles west of
New York City, situated in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Pennsylvania's SlateBelt.
The borough was settled about 1760 and first incorporated in 1875. The founder and first Chief Burgess of Bangor was Robert M. Jones, an emigrant from Bangoe, Wales. He was the prime mover in the establishment of the slate industry in Northampton County. Slate quarries pepper the area, but only a few are still functioning. A life-sized statue of him, dedicated on September 24, 1914, remains in the town center. In the official program for the unveiling it states "... Mr. Jones in his prime had many charming qualities, chief among which was his constant optimistic disposition."
Indeed, if one visits Bangor, Wales it is clearly visible that the Welsh heritage made its way to Bangor, Pennsylvania, whose stone walls, rectangular gardens, and lovely flowers and greenery mirror those of its Welsh namesake. Around Bangor one can also see piles of slate residue and shale reminiscent of the area around Bethesda, Wales.
The Bridge in Bangor Borough and Real Estate Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As of the 2010 census, the borough was (94.8%) White Non-Hispanic, (.012%) Black or African American, (.0009%) Native American or Alaskan Native, (.0017%) Asian, (.0003%) Native Hawaiian, (.02%) were two or more races, and (.015%) were some other race. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population. There were 2,695 Females (51.1%) and 2,578 Males (48.8%) with most of the population of 1,377 (26.1%) under 18 and 3,896 (73.8%) 18 and over. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 1,147 (21.7%), followed by 50-64 with 942 (17.8%), then 65 & over with 684 (12.9%), then 25-34 with 658 (12.4%) and finally 20-24 with 311 (.058%).
The borough is served by the http://Bangor Area School District, which consists of one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools.
Borough Office: 197 Pennsylvania Ave, Bangor, 610-588-2216