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Easton is a city in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 26,800 as of the 201. It is the county seat of Northampton County. Along with Allentown and Bethlehem, Easton is one of the primary cities that comprise the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania's third most populous metropolitan area. Easton is the easternmost city of the Lehigh Valley, sitting on the confluence of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, for which the Lehigh Valley is named. Easton is the smallest of the three Lehigh Valley cities, with approximately one-fourth of the population of the largest Lehigh Valley city, Allentown.
Centre Square, the town square of the city's Downtown neighborhood, which was constructed about 1765, 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 square is the site of the oldest continuously operating farmers market -- started in 1971 -- and still serves as the hub of the town farmers market today.
History is abound in Easton, a town that was founded at the fork of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers by Thomas Penn, son of William Penn. When the Penn family signed a deed for some of the land to John Bachman, a builder, they were welcoming George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence into the community. Taylor lived in the house Bachman built, and it was also a tavern for many years -- visited by George Washington and Ben Franklin.
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, NJ. 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.
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. There were 13,503 Males (50.3%) and 13,297 Females (49.6%) with most of the population of 6,006 (22.4%) under 18 and 20,794 (77.5%) 18 and over. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 5,278 (19.6%) followed by 50-64 with 4,269 (15.9%), then 25-34 with 3,774 (14%), then 20-24 with 3,138 (11.7%) and finally 65 & over with 2,752 (10.2).
The Easton Area School District consists of a high school, middle school and numerous elementary schools as well as the home for parochial school of Notre Dame High School (Easton, Pennsylvania). Easton is also the home of Lafayette College.
Who's from Easton?
*Jack Coleman, actor, NBC's "Heroes"; *Michael F. Flynn, science fiction writer; *Larry Holmes, former world heavy weight boxing champion (fought under the name "The Easton Assassin"); *Daniel Dae Kim, Actor, ABC's "Lost and CBS's "Hawaii Five-o"; Kristen McMenamy, fashion model: *Mulgrew Miller, jazz pianist; *Sally Jesse Raphael, television talk show host; *George Taylor, singatory of the Declaration of Independence.
More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easton,_Pennsylvania
and the city’s official website at www.easton-pa.com/
City Office: One S. Third St, Easton, 610-250-6600