Amity Gardens, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°16′13″N 75°44′05″W / 40.27028°N 75.73472°W / 40.27028; -75.73472
Amity Gardens
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Township Amity
Elevation 243 ft (74.1 m)
Coordinates 40°16′13″N 75°44′05″W / 40.27028°N 75.73472°W / 40.27028; -75.73472
Area 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - land 0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 3,402 (2010)
Density 3,543.8 / sq mi (1,368.3 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Amity Gardens in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Amity Gardens is a census-designated place (CDP) in Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a total population of 3,402.

The town lends its name to a Fountains of Wayne song.

Geography[edit]

Amity Gardens is located at 40°16′13″N 75°44′5″W / 40.27028°N 75.73472°W / 40.27028; -75.73472 (40.270155, -75.734834).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land. Derivation of the name "Amity" In the "History of Montgomery County" the author records the settlement of some Swedes at Douglassville a few years after 1699 and the connection of this settlement with a group of Germans at New Hanover. A road was laid out from New Hanover to Germantown. Along these roads, the word "Amity" was used to designate a locality. The name was adopted by the inhabitants of the area to symbolize their relations with the Indians. Although Sweden lost the colony in 1638, the Swedish settlers sent a letter to their homeland in 1693 asking for ministers and religious books. In this letter they stated, "We live in great amity with the Indians, who have not done us harm for many years." From this incident, those Swedish settlers who migrated up the Schuylkill beyond the Manatawny called their settlement, Amity.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,370 people, 1,243 households, and 948 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,543.8 people per square mile (1,369.6/km²). There were 1,269 housing units at an average density of 1,334.4/sq mi (515.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.01% White, 2.58% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.

There were 1,243 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,586, and the median income for a family was $70,250. Males had a median income of $48,000 versus $32,234 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,614. About 2.1% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.