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Jim Thorpe is a borough in Carbon County, in the Allentown-Bethlehem metro area.

It is the county seat.

In the 1950s, when the coal towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk struggled for economic survival, the widow of athlete Jim Thorpe approached local officials with a proposal.

The latitude of Jim Thorpe is 40.875N. The longitude is -75.732W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 722 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,827.


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Median household income
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$35,976
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Jim Thorpe demographic reports
Jim Thorpe is on the Lehigh River in the Poconos
At her suggestion, the towns united under the new name of "Jim Thorpe" and erected a memorial to him. Not everyone was pleased with the arrangement. Old-timers still call the community by its former name, and some complain that Patricia Thorpe reneged on promises to bring commercial development to the region
Filming location for:
· 1970 movie, "The Molly Maguires"
Nearby parks & recreation: Lehigh Gorge State Park
Popular site for mountain biking
Historic sites and museums: Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, Old Jail Museum & Heritage Center, Harry Packer Mansion
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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32% of Jim Thorpe residents report German ancestry, and 20% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Jim Thorpe ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Jim Thorpe was $17,119, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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14% of Jim Thorpe residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Jim Thorpe include Old Mauch Chunk Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Jim Thorpe, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $387.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $879.


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Libraries in Jim Thorpe include Dimmick Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Carbon County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jim Thorpe political report.

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The average commute time for Jim Thorpe workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Jim Thorpe include Inn at Jim Thorpe.

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