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Pennsylvania Ri, oute 924 north in Sheppton
Pennsylvania Ri, oute 924 north in Sheppton
Motto: to
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
 • Total 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
 • Land 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 239
 • Density 6,200/sq mi (2,400/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 18248
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 384

Sheppton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 239 at the 2000 census.


Sheppton is located at 40°53′46″N 76°7′6″W / 40.89611°N 76.11833°W / 40.89611; -76.11833 (40.895990, -76.118221). The 1963 Sheppton mining disaster brought international attention to the small patch town. The Associated Press called Sheppton one of the top news stories of the year. A book Sheppton: The Myth, Miracle & Music investigated miraculous and supernatural events that occurred at the rescue site.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.

The Zip Code of Sheppton is 18248.


As of the census of 2000, there were 239 people, 99 households, and 58 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,492.4 people per square mile (1,845.6/km²). There were 114 housing units at an average density of 2,142.8/sq mi (880.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 100.00% White.

There were 99 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,042, and the median income for a family was $35,750. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,547. About 13.6% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 4.8% of those sixty five or over.

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