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Hometown is a village (a neighborhood, and now a census-designated place (CDP) once having a post office) in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States that sits astride a crossing point between important transportation corridors. The population was 1,399 at the 2000 census, and excepting for the area near the east-west PA 54 running mostly parallel to the tracks of the Reading, Blue Mountain, and Northern Railroad — once the important E-W shortline Nesquehoning & Mahanoy Railroad — and the PA 54 junction with PA 309.
Hometown is located at 40°49′20″N 75°59′2″W (40.822308, -75.983928).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land. Hometown is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Tamaqua and 10 miles (16 km) south of Hazleton at the intersections of Route 54 and 309. Hometown's elevation is 1,129 feet (344 m) above sea level. It uses the Tamaqua zip code of 18252.
The oldest village in Rush Township, Hometown was founded by Messrs. Duncan of Philadelphia. They established a hotel in 1829 which was transferred to Jacob Faust in 1831. Tradition has it that Hometown was a favorite site of the original Indian inhabitants.