Slatington is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is located 15 miles northwest of Allentown, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. It is five miles south of Palmerton, one mile west of Walnutport and five miles north of Neffs.
In 1737, Nicholas Kern was the first white settler in what would become Slatington. The Lenni-Lenape Native Americans were already living along "Warriors Path," which would become Route 873. Kern established a saw mill shortly after arriving. In 1756, Benjamin Franklin reported to Governeur Morris that he had procured boards and timber from Kern's sawmill. In the 19th century two Welshman, who recognized its properties and importance from being used in Europe, discovered slate. A quarry was set up in 1845, and, in 1847, a factory was erected. In 1846, Slatington was incorporated into a Borough of Pennsylvania; its first Mayor was Robert McDowell.
Historically, structural iron, knit goods, and silk were manufactured in Slatington, and there were abundant slate quarries in the area. The Fireman’s Drinking Fountain and Slatington Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Slatington is home to several large parks, including Victory Park (the location of the community pool and a disc golf course) as well as the nationally renowned Canal Park which is considered one of the best trails in the country and has recently been subject to many improvements.
As of 2010 census, the borough was (94%) White, (1.60%) African American, (.040%) Native American, (.049%) Asian, (1.41%) were two or more other races, and (1.97%) were some other race. Hispanic or Latino of any race were (5.22%) of the population. There are 2,201 Females (52%) and 2,031 Males (47.9%) with most of the population 988 (23.3%) under 18 and 3,244 (76.6%) 18 and over. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 952 (22.4%) followed by 50-64 with 818 (19.3%), then 65 & over with 589 (13.9%), then 25-34 with 523 (12.3%) and finally 20-24 with 259 (6.1%).
The Borough is served by the Northern Lehigh School District
More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slatington,_Pennsylvania
and the Slatington Borough’s official website at www.slatington.org
Borough Office: 125 S Walnut Street #160, Slatington, 610-767-2131