Hartleton, Pennsylvania

Hartleton is a borough in Union County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 260 at the 2000 census. The borough, as well as the adjoining township of Hartley, are both named for Colonel Thomas Hartley, American politician and Revolutionary War leader, and local landowner. An alternative name was Hartleyton and later shortened to the present name. The original name was Kester's (akin to Keister today), and named for Peter Kester who was the first tenant of Hartley. Kester's was at the intersection of "great Reuben Haines road" from Northumberland through Dry Valley, New Berlin and the Penns Valley Narrows, and the first public road laid out in the area by Northumberland County court from Northumberland through Derrstown (Lewisburg) and Mifflinburg (this road from Derrstown through the Penns Valley Narrows eventually became what is known as the turnpike). Hartley never lived there, as his home was in York, PA. Hartley acquired the land in 1784 from original purchaser Colonel Philip Cole after Cole left the area because of the "Big Runaway" of 1778. Cole purchased the land in 1773, and was living there in 1775. Hartley laid out a town as early as 1798, and the first lot sold in 1799.

Hartleton, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Route 45 passes through Hartleton
Pennsylvania Route 45 passes through Hartleton
Location of Hartleton in Union County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Hartleton in Union County, Pennsylvania.
Hartleton is located in Pennsylvania
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Hartleton is located in the United States
Hartleton (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°54′01″N 77°09′19″W / 40.90028°N 77.15528°W / 40.90028; -77.15528Coordinates: 40°54′01″N 77°09′19″W / 40.90028°N 77.15528°W / 40.90028; -77.15528
CountryUnited States
Settled 17751798-1799 town laid out
Incorporated (borough)September 18,1858
 • Total0.91 sq mi (2.35 km2)
 • Land0.91 sq mi (2.35 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
[2] (center of borough)
650 ft (200 m)
Highest elevation
[2] (western borough boundary by Harleton Cemetery)
760 ft (230 m)
Lowest elevation
[2] (Cold Run at southeast borough boundary)
610 ft (190 m)
 • Total283
 • Estimate 
 • Density306.17/sq mi (118.17/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST)EDT
Zip code
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-32936


Hartleton is located at 40°54′1″N 77°9′19″W / 40.90028°N 77.15528°W / 40.90028; -77.15528 (40.900148, -77.155229).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)278[3]−1.8%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 260 people, 89 households, and 71 families residing in the borough. The population density was 286.4 people per square mile (110.3/km2). There were 91 housing units at an average density of 100.2 per square mile (38.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.31% White, and 2.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 89 households, out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $40,938, and the median income for a family was $42,188. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,714. None of the families and 1.1% of the population were living below the poverty line.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Laurel Run Topo Map, Union County PA (Beavertown Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.