Noble Avenue in Shoemakersville
|Elevation||374 ft (114.0 m)|
|Area||1.50 km2 (0.6 sq mi)|
|- land||1.44 km2 (1 sq mi)|
|- water||0.06 km2 (0 sq mi)|
|Density||955.3/km2 (2,474.2/sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code||610 and 484|
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Shoemakersville was named for the first settlers, Henry and Charles Shoemaker. It was a thriving apparel manufacturing town.
The borough is home of the "Shoey Green Sox" Little League baseball team.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,124 people, 605 households, and 402 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,272.8 people per square mile (1,640.2/km²). There were 638 housing units at an average density of 1,283.5 per square mile (492.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.84% White, 2.97% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 2.87% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.73% of the population.
There were 604 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 16.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $37,981, and the median income for a family was $47,917. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $24,083 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,756. About 4.0% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
Currently, Shoemakersville is served by the Pennsylvania State Police - Hamburg Barracks. The borough had its own independent police force from 1924 until June 2006, when it was disbanded by the Borough Council due to funding issues, stemming from a lawsuit brought against the borough by former police chief Ronald L. Yocum.
Pennsylvania Route 61 passes through the borough, leading south 12 miles (19 km) to Reading, and north 4 miles (6 km) to Interstate 78/U.S. Route 22 in Hamburg. Pennsylvania Route 662 begins at PA 61 on the eastern border of Shoemakersville and heads southeast to an intersection with U.S. Route 222 in Moselem Springs and Fleetwood.
Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) provides bus service to Shoemakersville along Route 20, which follows PA 61 on its route between Hamburg to the north and the BARTA Transportation Center in Reading to the south.
SEPTA's Pottsville Line once provided passenger rail service to Shoemakersville, with service to Pottsville, Reading, and Philadelphia. The service ceased in 1981 after all diesel services were cancelled. Freight service in Shoemakersville is provided by the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad.
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