Royersford, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°11′07″N 75°32′16″W / 40.18528°N 75.53778°W / 40.18528; -75.53778
Borough of Royersford
Borough
Royersford Station 1931.jpg
Royersford Station
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 239 ft (72.8 m)
Coordinates 40°11′07″N 75°32′16″W / 40.18528°N 75.53778°W / 40.18528; -75.53778
Area 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 - land 0.7 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 4,752 (2010)
Density 5,400.8 / sq mi (2,085.3 / km2)
Incorporated 1879
Government Council-manager
Mayor John Guest
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19468
Area code 610
Location of Royersford in Montgomery County
Location of Royersford in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.royersfordborough.org

Royersford is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 32 miles (51 km) northwest of Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River.

History[edit]

The town drew its name from the location of a ford across the Schuylkill River, which happened to be adjacent to land owned by the Royer family. Early in the twentieth century, it had several stove factories, two glass and bottle works, hosiery and silk mills, a dye and bleaching plant,manufactories of bricks, gas meters, stockings, shirts, shafting parts, wagons, agricultural implements, etc. The population stood at 2,607 people in 1900, and at 3,073 in 1910. The population was 4,752 at the 2010 census. The borough was formed from the southeastern corner of Limerick Township in 1879. Royersford Borough is a member of the Spring-Ford Area School District.

The Continental Stove Works was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

Geography[edit]

Royersford is located at 40°11′7″N 75°32′16″W / 40.18528°N 75.53778°W / 40.18528; -75.53778 (40.185239, -75.537648).[2] The borough lies on the northern banks of the Schuylkill River, and is considered a suburb of Philadelphia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (4.88%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 558
1890 1,815 225.3%
1900 2,607 43.6%
1910 3,073 17.9%
1920 3,278 6.7%
1930 3,719 13.5%
1940 3,605 −3.1%
1950 3,862 7.1%
1960 3,969 2.8%
1970 4,235 6.7%
1980 4,243 0.2%
1990 4,458 5.1%
2000 4,246 −4.8%
2010 4,752 11.9%
Est. 2012 4,783 0.7%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the 2010 census, the borough was 89.7% White, 5.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, and 2.4% were two or more races. 4.2% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,246 people, 1,928 households, and 1,066 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,400.8 people per square mile (2,075.2/km²). There were 2,039 housing units at an average density of 2,593.5 per square mile (996.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.97% White, 1.95% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 1,928 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,442, and the median income for a family was $55,579. Males had a median income of $36,189 versus $28,689 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,314. None of the families and 2.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 6.1% of those over 64.

Politics and government[edit]

Royersford has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a seven-member borough council. The mayor is John Guest.

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

Entertainment[edit]

Parts of the classic 1958 horror film The Blob, starring Steve McQueen, were filmed in Royersford.

The film The Lovely Bones, starring Mark Wahlberg, directed by Peter Jackson, was filmed in the borough in late November 2007.[6]

The Bloodhound Gang's most famous album, Hooray for Boobies was recorded at Dome Studios on Main Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Sarah V. Cocchimiglio, Valley Item News, 12/6/2007

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