Lyons, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°28′49″N 75°45′25″W / 40.48028°N 75.75694°W / 40.48028; -75.75694
Lyons, Pennsylvania
Lyon Station
Borough
Lyons PA welcome sign North Main Street.jpg
Lyons welcome sign
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 476 ft (145.1 m)
Coordinates 40°28′49″N 75°45′25″W / 40.48028°N 75.75694°W / 40.48028; -75.75694
Area 0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
 - land 0.9 km2 (0 sq mi)
 - water 0.0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 478 (2010)
Density 518.8 / km2 (1,343.7 / sq mi)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Lyons in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: www.lyonsborough.com

Lyons (also known as Lyon Station)[1] is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 478 at the 2010 census.[2]

On May 31, 1998, an F3 tornado damaged or destroyed many businesses and homes in the borough.

Geography[edit]

Lyons is located in eastern Berks County at 40°28′49″N 75°45′25″W / 40.48028°N 75.75694°W / 40.48028; -75.75694 (40.480194, -75.756987).[3] It is bordered by Maxatawny Township on its north, east, and south sides, and by Richmond Township to the southwest. The unincorporated community of Bowers borders the east side of Lyons.

Lyons is located 3 miles (5 km) south of Kutztown. Topton is 3 miles (5 km) to the east, and Fleetwood is 4 miles (6 km) to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Lyons has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 511
1940 518 1.4%
1950 545 5.2%
1960 571 4.8%
1970 589 3.2%
1980 579 −1.7%
1990 499 −13.8%
2000 504 1.0%
2010 478 −5.2%
Est. 2012 476 −0.4%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 504 people, 203 households, and 133 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,278.8 people per square mile (499.0/km²). There were 216 housing units at an average density of 548.1 per square mile (213.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.62% White, 0.99% African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 16.9% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $40,500, and the median income for a family was $42,292. Males had a median income of $30,357 versus $25,875 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,459. About 3.2% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

The Lyons Fire Company Social Club is a popular establishment for the locals. On top of the great bartenders that serve the locals, the kitchen is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and runs weekly dinner specials at more than reasonable prices. The Fire Company hosts its annual Fireman's Carnival the first weekend in August and also hosted Racefest, which brought a NASCAR driver to its grounds for the day. Lyons also hosts an annual Fiddle Festival every September where there is traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food, crafts, as well as dancing and fiddling contests. This is a large event hosting up to 1,000 people annually.

Lyons is home to Deka Batteries, or East Penn Manufacturing, which is one of the world's most technologically advanced and one of the largest and most environmentally friendly lead-acid battery manufacturers in the United States.[7]

History[edit]

On May 31, 1998, an F3 tornado touched down in Lyons causing roughly $1,400,000 worth of damage to local homes and properties. The town was closed off for nearly a month to all non-residents save for construction teams and the Red Cross.

Police[edit]

Lyons was served by the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police until it was disbanded on December 31, 2012. The borough is currently served by the Pennsylvania State Police.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website". Borough of Lyons. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lyons borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "EAST PENN manufacturing co., inc". Retrieved May 2, 2011. 

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