The population of Mount Carmel, PA is expected to reach 6,174 in 2020. It is the 140th largest city in Pennsylvania and ranks 4250th overall. The population is growing at a rate of 2.49% per year, and is up 4.77% since the last census. The city's population density is 9,403 people per square mile. In other words, the population of Mount Carmel is growing faster than the rest of Pennsylvania.
The city's median property value is $78,700, 0.327 times lower than the national average. The median age for residents is 47. The median household size is 1.97, with a median family size of 2.5. The median household income is $34,628. The average individual's income is $28,573 while the median household size is 2.3. In terms of education, 87% of Mount Carmel residents have at least a high school diploma, while 18% of the city's population has a college degree. This number is higher than any other city in Illinois except Chicago.
The Mount Carmel area was named by Albert Bradford after the holy mountain of Israel. The town was originally a logging community, but coal was discovered in the area in 1790 by Isaac Tomlinson. In 1812, Richard Yarnall opened the Mount Carmel Inn, located on the Centre Turnpike, now known as the Reading-Sunbury Road. The Philadelphia and Sunbury Railroad reached the Mount Carmel area in 1854.