Harleysville, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°16′46″N 75°23′12″W / 40.27944°N 75.38667°W / 40.27944; -75.38667
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Townships Franconia, Lower Salford
Elevation 259 ft (78.9 m)
Coordinates 40°16′46″N 75°23′12″W / 40.27944°N 75.38667°W / 40.27944; -75.38667
Area 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 - land 4.2 sq mi (11 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 9,286 (2010)
Density 2,211 / sq mi (853.7 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Location of Harleysville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Harleysville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 9,286 at the 2010 census. It is located within Lower Salford Township. Harleysville was settled by Pennsylvania Dutch in the 18th century and was named after Samuel Harley.

Geography[edit]

Harleysville is located at 40°16′46″N 75°23′12″W / 40.27944°N 75.38667°W / 40.27944; -75.38667 (40.279549, -75.386745).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 7,405
2000 8,795 18.8%
2010 9,286 5.6%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,795 people, 3,129 households, and 2,381 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,111.6 people per square mile (814.3/km²). There were 3,196 housing units at an average density of 767.3/sq mi (295.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.89% White, 2.62% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.81% of the population.

There were 3,129 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $66,897, and the median income for a family was $75,105. Males had a median income of $49,961 versus $33,185 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,572. About 1.9% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Harleysville was settled early in Pennsylvania’s history (circa 1700).

Harleysville is home to an annual Heckler Fest held at the historical Heckler Plains, one of the oldest properties in the area.

Harleysville holds an annual Jaycee's Country Fair Days at the Harleysville Community Center, which many people from close by towns come to.

Harleysville also holds an annual Apple Butter Frolic to celebrate its Mennonite heritage in early fall.

It is also home to the Mennonite Heritage Center.

The Klein Meetinghouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[3]

Public Art[edit]

Harleysville is home to a large-scale exterior mural designed by Dana McMullin, residing on the side of Rahn Pharmacy, a privately owned and operated pharmacy since 1982. McMullin executed the public work with a small team in 2006 from its concept to production, portraying a visually nostalgic history of Harleysville from settlement to modern day.

Newspapers[edit]

Local news for the Harleysville area is covered by the weekly Souderton Independent. The daily Reporter, a sister paper to the Independent, is also a source of community information.

Schools[edit]

Harleysville is part of the Souderton Area School District. The following public schools can be found in the town:

  • Souderton Area High School
  • Oak Ridge Elementary School
  • Salford Hills Elementary School
  • Lower Salford Elementary School closed in June, 2013
  • Vernfield Elementary School
  • EMC Elementary School
  • Indian Valley Middle School
  • Indian Crest Middle School

Libraries[edit]

The closest library to Harleysville is the Indian Valley Public Library located in nearby Telford.

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. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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