Adamstown, Pennsylvania

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Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Bollman Hat Factory
Bollman Hat Factory
Location of Adamstown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Adamstown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Adamstown is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Adamstown in Pennsylvania
Adamstown is located in the United States
Adamstown (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°14′30″N 76°03′28″W / 40.24167°N 76.05778°W / 40.24167; -76.05778Coordinates: 40°14′30″N 76°03′28″W / 40.24167°N 76.05778°W / 40.24167; -76.05778
CountryUnited States
CountyLancaster, Berks
 • Total1.37 sq mi (3.54 km2)
 • Land1.36 sq mi (3.52 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
568 ft (173 m)
 • Total1,772
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,341.18/sq mi (517.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)717
FIPS code42-00364

Adamstown (Pennsylvania Dutch: Adamschteddel) is a borough in Lancaster County which has grown into Berks County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.[3] The population was 1,789 at the 2010 census. Of this, 1,772 were in Lancaster County, and only 17 were in Berks County.


It was initially founded on 4 July 1761 by William Addams on the site of a former village of Native Americans, and Addams named the community "Addamsburry". The community was incorporated as a borough on 2 April 1850.[4]

The town promotes itself as the "antiques capital of the United States" because it attracts many antiques dealers and collectors. Adamstown is home to the Stoudt's Brewery, Pennsylvania's first microbrewery, which was established here in 1987. The town is also home to the US's oldest hat manufacturer, the Bollman Hat Company, which was established in 1868.

The Kagerise Store and House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,824[2]2.0%

At the 2010 census, Adamstown had a population of 1,789. The median age was 37.5. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 91.3% non-Hispanic white, 1.1% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% of two or more race and 1.7% Hispanic or Latino.[8]

At the 2000 census,[9] there were 1,203 people, 501 households and 351 families residing in the borough. The population density was 880.7 people per square mile (339.0/km2). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 390.2 per square mile (150.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.09% White, 0.08% African American, 0.25% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 501 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.85.

Kagarise Store and House
House on West Main Street
A Walk up Main Street, video (2 minutes),
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22.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median household income was $43,578 and the median family income was $47,337. Males had a median income of $35,000 compared with $25,400 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,840. About 1.4% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


Public services[edit]

The Adamstown Area Library is located at 3000 North Reading Road.[11] The Library shares a building with the Adamstown Borough office.

In recent years, the role and responsibility of the library has increased. It became a full-fledged member of the Library System of Lancaster County and is now responsible for providing library services to the 28,000+ residents of Adamstown, Brecknock, Denver, East Cocalico and West Cocalico. The library is run by its own Board of Trustees. The spirit of volunteerism is still strong in the library and volunteers continue to play a key role in ensuring the library is funded and assisting in library functions. The library also now benefits from a staff of full-time and part-time trained employees, including a Library Director who holds a master's degree in library and information science.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Pennsylvania 2000-2006" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  4. ^ 6860 Adamstown Borough: History
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics from the US Census Archived March 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Hudson, Wally (1974-04-14). "Reading's Mayor Shirk Marks 73rd Birthday". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  11. ^ "Adamstown Area Library". Archived from the original on 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-10-18.