Souderton, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°18′37″N 75°19′18″W / 40.31028°N 75.32167°W / 40.31028; -75.32167
Borough of Souderton
Borough
Pennsylvania State Route 113 In Souderton.jpg
Pennsylvania State Route 113 in Souderton
Seal
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 400 ft (121.9 m)
Coordinates 40°18′37″N 75°19′18″W / 40.31028°N 75.32167°W / 40.31028; -75.32167
Area 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - land 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 6,618 (2010)
Density 6,015.7 / sq mi (2,322.7 / km2)
Incorporated 1887
Government Council-manager
Mayor John Reynolds
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 18964
Area code 215
Location of Souderton in Montgomery County
Location of Souderton in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: www.soudertonborough.org

Souderton is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The population was 6,618 at the 2010 census.

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Souderton hosts the end of the annual Bucks County Classic, a professional bicycle race.

History[edit]

The Souderton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Geography[edit]

Souderton is located at 40°18′37″N 75°19′18″W / 40.31028°N 75.32167°W / 40.31028; -75.32167 (40.310215, -75.321682).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water. The terrain is mildly rolling hills, with some steeper hills in the downtown area, and flat terrain throughout.

Politics and government[edit]

Souderton has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a nine-member borough council. Souderton's current borough councilors are: Richard Godshall, Andrew Schlosser (Vice President), Ned Leight, Preston Miller, Kevin Souder, Richard Halbom, Steven Toy, Brian Goshow (President), and D. Jeffery Gross. The Mayor is John Reynolds. The Souderton also has an appointed Junior Councilor who is appointed when under 18 of age and serves a 2-year term, without voting privileges. The current Junior Councilor is Triston Loux.[2] The Borough Manager is P. Michael Coll.[3]

The borough is represented by the following officials:

Sports[edit]

Some international and domestic professional cyclists coming through the Start/Finish for another lap of the finishing circuit in the Univest Grand Prix

Souderton was host to the Univest Grand Prix, a one-day road bicycle racing event that is part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour. It took place in early September and publicized its association with Floyd Landis. This event was part of a weekend of longer bike races in surrounding towns. Participants were from varying areas in the United States, and foreign countries, mainly European. Italian, French and Flemish teams often returned to the race annually. Although the race went professional, there were amateur races earlier in the morning for kids and adults. In 2012 the race was officially discontinued in the Souderton Borough.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 679
1900 1,077 58.6%
1910 1,875 74.1%
1920 3,125 66.7%
1930 3,857 23.4%
1940 4,036 4.6%
1950 4,521 12.0%
1960 5,381 19.0%
1970 6,366 18.3%
1980 6,657 4.6%
1990 5,957 −10.5%
2000 6,730 13.0%
2010 6,618 −1.7%
Est. 2012 6,642 0.4%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the 2010 census, the borough was 85.6% White, 2.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.7% Asian, and 2.6% were two or more races. 11.5% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [7]

As of the census[5] of 2000, 6,730 people, 2,635 households, and 1,765 families resided in the borough. The population density was 6,015.7 people per square mile (2,320.1/km²). The 2,720 housing units averaged 2,431.3 per square mile (937.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.69% White, 1.00% African American, 0.19% Native American, 3.98% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.29% of the population.

Of the 2,635 households, 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were not families. About 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough, the population was distributed as 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $47,437, and for a family was $57,200. Males had a median income of $36,280 versus $28,580 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,758. About 3.2% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Henry Gerhard Appenzeller, a Methodist missionary who brought Protestant Christianity to Korea in 1884, was born in Souderton.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, born in Sellersville, Bucks County, grew up in Souderton, and attended and played baseball at Souderton Area High School.

Donald Haldeman, the 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist in trap shooting, is from Souderton.

Donald Hunsberger, former conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and recorder for Wynton Marsalis, is from Souderton.

Kyle Blanks current MLB player for the Oakland Athletics was born in Souderton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Administration". Borough of Souderton. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Contact us". Borough of Souderton. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  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. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

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