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Gilberton is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, four miles (7 km) west by south of Mahanoy City. Its population was 769 at the 2010 census, a decline from 867 in 2000. Extensive deposits of anthracite coal are in the region, and coal-mining had been practiced by many of the 4,373 people who lived there in 1900. The coal-mining industry was thriving in 1910, and 5,401 people lived in Gilberton.
Gilberton is named for John Gilbert, a coal mine owner.
Gilberton is located at 40°47′51″N 76°13′33″W (40.797496, -76.225781). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.74%) is water.
The borough is made up of three small villages, Mahanoy Plane, Maizeville and Gilberton proper.
As of the census of 2000, there were 867 people, 385 households, and 219 families residing in the borough. The population density was 608.3 people per square mile (234.1/km2). There were 474 housing units at an average density of 332.6 per square mile (128.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.92% White, 0.35% Native American, 1.61% Asian, and 0.12% from two or more races.