Slatington is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,206 at the 2010 census. Slatington was first settled in the early 18th century. The first known settler was William Allen, who built a log cabin near the present-day intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street. The area was initially known as Allen’s Settlement. In 1752, a group of settlers from Northampton County purchased land from the Lenape Indians and founded the town of Slatington. Learn more here.
The town was named after the slate deposits found in the area. The city grew slowly throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The population reached its peak in 1900 when it was 2,749. The town’s economy was based on the slate industry and agriculture. However, the slate industry began to decline in the early 20th century, and the population of Slatington also started to decrease. The town’s economy was further hurt by the Great Depression and the Flood of 1955. Learn more about A Day in Easton: What to Do in This Picturesque Pennsylvania Town.
The population of Slatington was 2,134 in 1960 and has since stabilized. Slatington is located in eastern Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region. The town is situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Philadelphia and about 20 miles (32 km) west of Allentown.