Wernersville, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°19′48″N 76°04′51″W / 40.33000°N 76.08083°W / 40.33000; -76.08083
Borough of Wernersville
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 387 ft (118 m)
Coordinates 40°19′48″N 76°04′51″W / 40.33000°N 76.08083°W / 40.33000; -76.08083
Area 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 - land 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 2,494 (2010)
Density 2,690.3 / sq mi (1,038.7 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19565
Area code 610
Location of Wernersville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Wernersville is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,494 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Wernersville is located at 40°19′48″N 76°4′51″W / 40.33000°N 76.08083°W / 40.33000; -76.08083 (40.329941, -76.080701).[1]

History[edit]

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Wernersville was a noted resort community. City dwellers (especially from Philadelphia and New York City) traveled out to Wernersville (a stop on the Reading Railroad) to rest and partake of the cool mountain air of South Mountain. A number of large resort hotels were erected for this purpose including Galen Hall, Bynden Wood, Grand View and the Highland Hotel. Some were advertised as sanatoriums, specializing in rest cures for illnesses such as tuberculosis. The most famous of these was Dr. Robert Walter's Mountain Park (aka Walters Park). Most of these resort hotels have since disappeared due to fire or demolition, or have been transformed into buildings for institutional purposes. Some cottages once associated with the resorts are now private homes.

There is a Jesuit Center with a small Jesuit community here; Wernersville was once the location of the Jesuit novitiate center for the Society's Maryland Province, before the novitiates of the New York and Maryland provinces merged and it was relocated to Syracuse, New York.

The Lerch Tavern and Wertz Mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 797
1930 1,096 37.5%
1940 1,160 5.8%
1950 1,280 10.3%
1960 1,462 14.2%
1970 1,761 20.5%
1980 1,811 2.8%
1990 1,934 6.8%
2000 2,150 11.2%
2010 2,494 16.0%
Est. 2012 2,490 −0.2%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,150 people, 843 households and 558 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,690.3 people per square mile (1,037.6/km²). There were 870 housing units at an average density of 1,088.6 per square mile (419.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.77% White, 0.84% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 843 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,605, and the median income for a family was $54,103. Males had a median income of $37,917 versus $25,192 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,858. About 3.4% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Jennifer Kalis of Do Work Fitness, and other TV films.

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.