Trappe, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°11′50″N 75°28′31″W / 40.19722°N 75.47528°W / 40.19722; -75.47528
Borough of Trappe
Borough
Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 West Main Street, Trappe (Montgomery County, Pennsylvaina).jpg
Augustus Lutheran Church
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 272 ft (82.9 m)
Coordinates 40°11′50″N 75°28′31″W / 40.19722°N 75.47528°W / 40.19722; -75.47528
Area 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 - land 2.1 sq mi (5 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 3,509 (2010)
Density 1,547.1 / sq mi (597.3 / km2)
Government Council-manager
Mayor Constance Peck
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Trappe in Montgomery County
Location of Trappe in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.trappeborough.com

Trappe is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,509 at the 2010 census. Augustus Lutheran Church, built in 1743, is the oldest unchanged Lutheran church building in the United States in continuous use by the same congregation. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Geography[edit]

Trappe is located at 40°11′50″N 75°28′31″W / 40.19722°N 75.47528°W / 40.19722; -75.47528 (40.197111, -75.475244).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all of it land.

Schools[edit]

Trappe falls within the boundaries of the Perkiomen Valley School District. South Elementary school lies in the borough, as does the old Collegeville-Trappe high school.

History[edit]

European settlers arrived in the area of Trappe in the early decades of the 18th century and included many German immigrants. They had landed at the port of Philadelphia and moved west, where land was available.

The Augustus Lutheran Church, formerly called Providence, was the first congregation established. Construction of the Old Church (on the property) was started in 1743 and was designed by Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg, a Lutheran minister who had immigrated to the colony in 1742 and who founded many congregations in the area. After a severe storm in the 1850s that damaged the colonial building, it was restored according to his original plans. It is the oldest unchanged Lutheran church building in the US in continuous use by the same congregation. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

A c. 1730 building across from Augustus Lutheran Church served as the US Post Office until 1929, when operations were moved to a larger regional location. The post office/general store is now a private residence.

In addition to the Augustus Lutheran Church, the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg House is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 324
1910 398 22.8%
1920 412 3.5%
1930 410 −0.5%
1940 497 21.2%
1950 773 55.5%
1960 1,264 63.5%
1970 1,676 32.6%
1980 1,800 7.4%
1990 2,115 17.5%
2000 3,210 51.8%
2010 3,509 9.3%
Est. 2012 3,546 1.1%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the 2010 census, 89.2% White, 3.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.5% Asian, and 2.0% were two or more races. 2.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[6]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,210 people, 1,292 households, and 886 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,547.1 people per square mile (598.7/km²). There were 1,351 housing units at an average density of 651.1 per square mile (252.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.02% White, 2.40% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 1,292 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% 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 3.00.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 41.0% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $67,500, and the median income for a family was $76,544. Males had a median income of $52,337 versus $37,212 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,281. About 0.6% of families and 0.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over.

Politics and government[edit]

Trappe has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a seven-member borough council. The mayor is Constance Peck. The current borough council members are Nevin H. Scholl (president), Cathy Johnson (vice-president), Paul Edwards, Tammy Liberi, Phil Ronca, Fred Schuetz and Pat Webster.

The borough is part of the Sixth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Jim Gerlach), the 150th State House District (represented by Rep. Mike Vereb) and the 24th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Bob Mensch).

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  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. 
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