Wind Gap is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Wind Gap is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. It is part of Pennsylvania's Slate Belt.
The population of Wind Gap was 2,812 at the 2000 census.
Wind Gap is located 19 miles north of Bethlehem and 20 miles northwest of Easton at the southern base of the Blue Mountain.
Wind Gap was founded as a community in 1635 with original settlers being sheepherders. We were incorporated in 1893 with the first Council meeting being held in August. The tollhouse located on Route 115 (N. Broadway) was part of the stage route and now serves as a family dwelling. Railroads reached Wind Gap in 1878, with trolley cars appearing in the early 1900's. Textiles and slate industries helped to form the backbone of Wind Gap's economy.
Our Fire Company was incorporated on March 28, 1921, and was once located in what is now the Borough Office. The new building sits on N. Broadway housing two fire trucks and a utility truck as well as a social hall. The fire department is supported by over 30 volunteer members.
Wind Gap Park is our great pride. Situated on approximately 25 acres, the Park consists of tennis and basketball courts, ball fields, a playground, kiddie area and picnic pavillions. During the warm summer nights area residents gather at the Bandstand to enjoy Concerts by local bands. Both the Firemen's Picnic and Car show are held in the Park yearly.
The Municipal Authority was formed in 1968 and serves Wind Gap Borough, Bushkill Township, and Plainfield Township.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 2,812 people, 1,221 households, and 765 families residing in the borough. The population density was 798.3/km² (2,061.8/mi²). There were 1,294 housing units at an average density of 367.4/km² (948.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.62% White, 0.46% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.
There were 1,221 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $35,030, and the median income for a family was $46,681. Males had a median income of $36,735 versus $22,700 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,239. About 7.2% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Borough is served by the Pen Argyl Area School District.Sources: Wikipedia, Wind Gap Borough Web Site
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