Coaldale is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. Settled in 1827, it was incorporated in 1906 from part of the former Rahn Township; it is named for the coal industry. Coaldale is in the southern Anthracite Coal region in the Panther Creek valley, a tributary of the Little Schuylkill River along U.S. Route 209 (US 209.svg) between Nesquehoning (easterly) and nearby Lansford, to its immediate west. The town has a bus stop which has a billboard on one side reading "Everybody's Goal Is Mine More Coal". It was founded by John Moser. The area on the western border of the borough is known as Seek.
Coaldale was historically a coal-mining town. This and a small shirt factory were the main historic industries in Coaldale.
Former pro football player Johnny Gildea was born in Coaldale.
Coaldale is located at WikiMiniAtlas40°49′20″N 75°54′36″W / 40.82222°N 75.91000°W / 40.82222; -75.91000 (40.822234, -75.910115), which is 1 mile southwest of Lansford on the border of Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. It is also 5 miles northeast of Tamaqua, 27 miles northwest of Allentown, and 9 miles south of Hazleton. It is located on the northwestern fringe of the Lehigh Valley, and is at the southern end of the Coal Region and the Poconos. Coaldale's elevation is 1050 feet above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.
Coaldale is served by U.S. Route 209. The borough's terrain is mostly hilly and its land is mostly forest.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,295 people, 1,046 households, and 606 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,055.2 people per square mile (408.3/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 555.9/sq mi (215.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.34% White, 0.31% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.
There were 1,046 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the borough the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $23,362, and the median income for a family was $31,905. Males had a median income of $28,317 versus $18,083 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,021. About 8.3% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
The building housing Coaldale's town hall and fire department was built in 1907 to the designs of the Wilkes-Barre architect, Owen McGlynn