Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°14′59″N 75°38′25″W / 40.24972°N 75.64028°W / 40.24972; -75.64028
Borough of Pottstown
Borough
Pottstown PA HighStreet.jpg
High Street, east of North Hanover Street, looking north.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 203 ft (61.9 m)
Coordinates 40°14′59″N 75°38′25″W / 40.24972°N 75.64028°W / 40.24972; -75.64028
Area 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 - land 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 2.04%
Population 22,377 (2010)
Density 4,526.3 / sq mi (1,747.6 / km2)
Founded 1752
 - Incorporated February 6, 1815
Government Council-manager
Mayor Sharon Thomas
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 19464
Area code 610
Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County
Location of Pottstown in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.pottstown.org

Pottstown is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States about 32 miles (55 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Reading, on the Schuylkill River. Pottstown was laid out in 1752–53 and named Pottsgrove in honor of its founder, John Potts. The old name was abandoned at the time of the incorporation as a borough in 1815. In 1888, the limits of the borough were considerably extended. Pottstown is the center of a productive farming and dairying region.

In the past, its iron and steel interests were very extensive. There were large rolling mills, furnaces, nail works, textile mills, bridge works, agricultural-implement works, boiler and machine shops, foundries, and manufactories of bricks, silks, shirts, hosiery, etc. In 1900, 13,696 people lived there; in 1910, 15,599; in 1920, 17,431; and in 1940, 20,194 people lived there. The population was 22,377 at the 2010 census.

Pottstown is not to be confused with Pottsville, a city in Schuylkill County well known for being the home of the Yuengling brewery.

History[edit]

Pottsgrove Manor, located on the west end of town, was the home of John Potts.

Modern-day Pottstown is established on land originally deeded to William Penn. Germans, Swedes and English were among the first settlers in the area. After establishment of the first iron forge in 1714, Pottstown's fortunes became tied to the iron industry.

Eventually, blast furnaces for production of iron and later steel opened in the area. Iron and steel production brought the Potts family, iron masters by trade, to the area. They established a forge in the area and built a large home just west of the Manatawny Creek. John Potts founded a town in 1761 on part of the 995 acres (4.03 km2) that he owned.

Over time, Pottsgrove grew and in 1815, was incorporated under the name Pottstown becoming the second borough in Pennsylvania after Norristown.

The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad mainline between Reading and Philadelphia reached Pottstown in 1838. The extension of the railroad to Mount Carbon in 1842 facilitated the movement of raw materials and finished goods which helped Pottstown's economy to grow. In the few years following the extension of the railroad, the population grew from 600 to 1,850 residents. Pottstown's metal production grew and notably, steel from the borough was used in the Panama Canal and Golden Gate Bridge.[1]

In 1944, the borough adopted a city manager form of government. By 1964, the borough saw the need to re-organize the municipal government. At the time, it had one of the largest borough councils in the state, with 20 members. This was reduced to seven members in redrawn wards.

The High Street Historic District, Old Pottstown Historic District, Pottsgrove Mansion, Grubb Mansion, Jefferson Elementary School, Pottstown Roller Mill, Reading Railroad Pottstown Station, and Henry Antes House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Politics and government[edit]

Pottstown has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a seven-member borough council. The mayor is Sharon Thomas and the manager is Mark Flanders.

The borough is part of the Sixth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Jim Gerlach), the 146th State House District (represented by state Rep. Mark Painter) and the 44th State Senate District (represented by Sen. John Rafferty, Jr.).

Geography[edit]

Pottstown is located at 40°14′59″N 75°38′25″W / 40.24972°N 75.64028°W / 40.24972; -75.64028 (40.249690, -75.640262).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), of which 4.8 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km² or 1.83%) is water.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pottstown, Pennsylvania has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]

Climate data for Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(38)
4
(39)
10
(50)
16
(61)
23
(73)
27
(81)
30
(86)
28
(83)
25
(77)
19
(66)
11
(52)
5
(41)
16.8
(62.3)
Average low °C (°F) −4
(25)
−4
(24)
0
(32)
6
(42)
11
(52)
16
(61)
19
(66)
18
(64)
14
(57)
8
(46)
3
(37)
−3
(27)
7
(44.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 84
(3.3)
81
(3.2)
97
(3.8)
84
(3.3)
107
(4.2)
97
(3.8)
122
(4.8)
100
(4)
81
(3.2)
80
(3)
81
(3.2)
84
(3.3)
1,098
(43.1)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 676
1840 721 6.7%
1850 1,664 130.8%
1860 2,380 43.0%
1870 4,125 73.3%
1880 5,305 28.6%
1890 13,285 150.4%
1900 13,696 3.1%
1910 15,599 13.9%
1920 17,431 11.7%
1930 19,430 11.5%
1940 20,194 3.9%
1950 22,589 11.9%
1960 26,144 15.7%
1970 25,355 −3.0%
1980 22,729 −10.4%
1990 21,831 −4.0%
2000 21,859 0.1%
2010 22,377 2.4%
Est. 2012 22,480 0.5%
Sources:[6][7][8]

As of the 2010 census, the borough was 72.1% White, 19.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 4.4% were two or more races. 8.0% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of 2006-2008 Census Bureau Estimates,[9] there were 22,018 people living in Pottstown. The racial makeup of the borough was 72.1% White, 19.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 21,859 people, 9,146 households, and 5,533 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,526.3 people per square mile (1,747.4/km²). There were 9,973 housing units at an average density of 2,065.1 per square mile (797.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 79.34% White, 15.06% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.53% of the population.

There were 9,146 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,785, and the median income for a family was $45,734. Males had a median income of $34,923 versus $26,229 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,078. About 8.7% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

The main east-west street in Pottstown is High Street, which continues east of the borough as Ridge Pike. The main north-south street in the borough is Hanover Street. The U.S. Route 422 freeway passes to the south of Pottstown and heads east to King of Prussia and Philadelphia and west to Reading. Pennsylvania Route 100 runs north-south through the Pottstown area, heading south to West Chester and north to Allentown. Pennsylvania Route 663 begins at PA 100 in Pottstown and follows King Street east and Charlotte Street northeast before leaving the borough and continuing to Pennsburg and Quakertown. Pennsylvania Route 724 runs along the south bank of the Schuylkill River in Chester County.[10]

Bus service in Pottstown and the surrounding communities is a publicly owned and privately operated system. The Borough of Pottstown owns, funds, and administers the system. The day-to-day operations are the responsibility of Pottstown Area Rapid Transit, Inc. SEPTA's Route 93 bus connects Pottstown with Norristown.

Pottstown is serviced by Pottstown Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport, and a short distance from Pottstown is Pottstown Limerick Airport located in Limerick.

Passenger train service between Reading/Pottstown and Philadelphia was operated by Conrail under the auspices of SEPTA until July 29, 1981, when all diesel services were terminated. Efforts to reinstitute commuter trains, such as the Schuylkill Valley Metro, have been unsuccessful. The station still exists and is currently home to a district justice office.

Education[edit]

Public library[edit]

Colleges[edit]

Public Schools Districts[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

  • The Hill School
  • Wyndcroft School
  • Saint Aloysius School
  • Stowe Lighthouse Christian Academy
  • West Mont Christian Academy

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Pottstown Mercury[edit]

The Mercury has the unique distinction of being the smallest circulation newspaper in the U.S. to have its staffers win two Pulitzer Prizes. The first award came in 1979 in the Spot News Photography category by staff photographer Tom Kelly. The second Pulitzer Prize came in 1990 for Editorial Writing by Tom Hylton.

Television[edit]

PCTV[edit]

PCTV (Pottstown Community TV) is owned and operated by the Borough of Pottstown and provides local Government-access television (GATV) programming over Comcast Cable TV in over 77,000 homes in western Montgomery County, Northern Chester County and Eastern Berks County. In existence since 1983, PCTV currently produces programming on three local Cable Channels 22, 27 and 98). [2]

PCTV also covers local high school sports such as football, basketball, swimming or baseball.

Radio[edit]

WPAZ operates at 1370AM and serves the Greater Philadelphia Area. Originally WPAZ, the station changed its call letters to WBZH on October 28, 2011 and back to WPAZ on January 25, 2013. On November 1, 2013 the station began a traditional Christian music format of religious hymns and songs

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pottstown History from Official City Website
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  5. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on October 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  10. ^ Google Inc. "overview of Pottstown, Pennsylvania". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/f8MJ7. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

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