Hatboro, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Hatboro
Welcome To Hatboro.jpg
Welcome to Hatboro sign
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 253 ft (77.1 m)
Coordinates 40°10′39″N 75°06′16″W / 40.17750°N 75.10444°W / 40.17750; -75.10444Coordinates: 40°10′39″N 75°06′16″W / 40.17750°N 75.10444°W / 40.17750; -75.10444
Area 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 - land 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 7,360 (2010)
Density 5,217.5 / sq mi (2,014.5 / km2)
Founded 1715
Government Council-manager
Mayor Norm Hawkes(D)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19040
Area code 215
Location of Hatboro in Montgomery County
Location of Hatboro in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.hatborogov.com

Hatboro is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,360 at the 2010 census.


Hatboro is located at 40°10′39″N 75°6′16″W / 40.17750°N 75.10444°W / 40.17750; -75.10444 (40.177635, -75.104424).[1]

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

The Borough of Hatboro is a small municipality that is surrounded by Upper Moreland Township in Montgomery County and Warminster Township in Bucks County. The Pennypack Creek runs through the center of town under Pennsylvania Route 263 (York Road) and through the municipality.


Battle of Crooked Billet monument

The town of Hatboro is located on land purchased from William Penn by the family of Nicholas More around 1705. The first land titles in town were issued in 1711. Original construction by early residents of the town occurred between 1715 and 1719. Early settlement pre-dating the Hatboro name occurred in the Crooked Billet area east of York Road, between Moreland Avenue and Byberry Road.

Early resident John Dawson entertained guests at the Crooked Billet Inn as well as manufacturing a line of hats. When the post office opened in 1809 the town was officially called Hatborough. U.S. Postmaster General John Wanamaker officially changed the name of the town in the 1880s to Hatboro.

The Union Library Company of Hatboro, the third library company to be founded in Pennsylvania, was formed in 1755. This building still stands on its original site today and still serves as a library. George Washington and his troops passed through the town numerous times during 1777 in pursuit of British Troops. The Battle of Crooked Billet was fought in 1778.

The year 1811 saw the construction of the Loller Academy, the first bank was built in 1873, and railroad service connected to Hatboro in 1874.[2]

The Loller Academy, Roberts and Mander Stove Company Buildings, and Union Library Company are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 586
1890 781 33.3%
1900 823 5.4%
1910 963 17.0%
1920 1,102 14.4%
1930 2,651 140.6%
1940 2,605 −1.7%
1950 4,788 83.8%
1960 7,315 52.8%
1970 8,880 21.4%
1980 7,579 −14.7%
1990 7,382 −2.6%
2000 7,393 0.1%
2010 7,360 −0.4%
Est. 2014 7,426 [4] 0.9%
Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2012 42.1% 1,551 56.1% 2,065
2008 39.8% 1,452 58.7% 2,142
2004 45.8% 1,632 53.5% 1,906
2000 46.6% 1,383 49.2% 1,461
York Road northbound in Downtown Hatboro

As of the 2010 census, the borough was 92.4% White, 2.7% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, and 1.6% were two or more races. 4.3% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [8]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 7,393 people, 3,041 households, and 1,955 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,217.5 people per square mile (2,010.2/km²). There were 3,121 housing units at an average density of 2,202.6 per square mile (848.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.74% White, 1.95% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

There were 3,041 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 21.2% 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 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $44,901, and the median income for a family was $58,063. Males had a median income of $37,291 versus $30,934 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,911. About 1.8% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Politics and government[edit]

Hatboro borough hall

Hatboro has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a seven-member borough council.

  • Mayor - Norman Hawkes
  • Council President - John Zygmont
  • Council Vice President - Vincent LaSorsa
  • Council Pro Tempore - Bill Tompkins
  • Councilperson - Patricia Fleming
  • Councilperson - David Rich
  • Councilperson - Robert Hegele
  • Councilperson - Mark Sheedy

The borough is part of the:

The borough maintains the Hatboro Police Department.[9]


The following school districts have schools within the boundaries of Hatboro:


The main north-south road in Hatboro is Pennsylvania Route 263 (York Road), which serves as the town's main street. Pennsylvania Route 332 begins at PA 263 in Hatboro and heads east on Montgomery Avenue and northeast on Jacksonville Road. The main east-west street in Hatboro is Moreland Avenue. Other important roads in Hatboro include County Line Road (which runs along the northern border with Warminster Township in Bucks County), Warminster Road (which runs along the eastern border with Upper Moreland Township), Byberry Road, and Horsham Road. The Willow Grove interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is nearby in Upper Moreland Township.[10]

SEPTA provides Regional Rail service to the borough at the Hatboro station along the Warminster Line which runs between Warminster and Center City Philadelphia.[11] SEPTA's Route 22 bus serves Hatboro along York Road, running between Warminster and the Olney Transportation Center in Philadelphia.[12]

Government Scandal[edit]

2012: Hatboro police officer John Becker pleaded guilty to possessing and stealing drugs, guns and cash from his department's evidence locker from late 2009 through early 2011. Becker, a detective sergeant, was forced to resign in 2011.[13][14]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Hatboro. Arcadia Publishing. 2000. ISBN 0-7385-0342-8. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  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. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/PA#locality-tab
  9. ^ Ex-Montco detective charged with stealing guns, drugs, by Tom Infield, 18 May 2012, Philadelphia Inquirer
  10. ^ Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Map) (18th ed.). 1"=2000'. ADC Map. 2006. ISBN 0-87530-775-2. 
  11. ^ "Warminster Line schedule" (PDF). SEPTA. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Route 22 bus map" (PDF). SEPTA. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Former Hatboro Cop Pleads Guilty To String of Drug Thefts". http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/. KYW 1060. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  14. ^ "Former Hatboro Cop Charged with Drug, Weapons, Cash Thefts". patch.com. Hatboro-Horsham Patch. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  15. ^ "John "Jack" Agnew dies at 88; his World War II unit inspired The Dirty Dozen". The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2010. April 13, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ "HATBORO-HORSHAM HIGH SCHOOL INDUCTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO HALL OF FAME ON APRIL 29". Hatboro-Horsham School District. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (2014-03-02). "Updated: Brad Keselowski will be without crew chief Paul Wolfe for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Phoenix". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

External links[edit]

Government Sites:



Community Groups:


  • The Millbrook Society - " ... a non-profit organization, whose mission is historical preservation, education, presentation, and Archaeology; with an emphasis on local history. We serve as the Historical commission and Historical Society for the Borough of Hatboro, Pennsylvania ..."
  • Upper Moreland Historical Association - "The Upper Moreland Historical Association is a non-profit organization founded by a group of citizens concerned that the community's significant and colorful history not be forgotten."
  • Old York Road Historical Society - "The Old York Road Historical Society was founded in 1936 to study and preserve the history and folklore of the communities along and adjacent to Old York Road from Philadelphia to New Hope."
  • "Historic Hatboro" Pictures by John Pitrone