Strausstown, Pennsylvania

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Strausstown, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Zion Blue Mountain Church in Strausstown.
Zion Blue Mountain Church in Strausstown.
Location of Strausstown in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Strausstown in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Strausstown is located in Pennsylvania
Strausstown
Strausstown
Strausstown is located in the US
Strausstown
Strausstown
Location of Strausstown in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°29′31″N 76°11′03″W / 40.49194°N 76.18417°W / 40.49194; -76.18417Coordinates: 40°29′31″N 76°11′03″W / 40.49194°N 76.18417°W / 40.49194; -76.18417
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Township Upper Tulpehocken
Area[1]
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
 • Land 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 574 ft (175 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 342
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 345
 • Density 2,103.66/sq mi (814.20/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19559
Area code(s) 610 and 484 (610-Exchange: 488)
FIPS code 42-74744

Strausstown is a village and former borough located in Upper Tulpehocken Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 342 at the 2010 census.

Geography and history[edit]

Strausstown is located at 40°29′31″N 76°11′3″W / 40.49194°N 76.18417°W / 40.49194; -76.18417 (40.492053, -76.184102).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

Strausstown was founded in 1840 by John Strauss.[4] It is located at the source of several tributaries to Northkill Creek.

In 2016, the borough of Strausstown voted to merge with surrounding Upper Tulpehocken Township.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 310
1930 326
1940 339 4.0%
1950 368 8.6%
1960 380 3.3%
1970 401 5.5%
1980 377 −6.0%
1990 353 −6.4%
2000 339 −4.0%
2010 342 0.9%
Est. 2016 345 [2] 0.9%
Sources:[6][7][8]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 339 people, 139 households, and 89 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,919.6 people per square mile (727.2/km²). There were 146 housing units at an average density of 826.7 per square mile (313.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.23% White, 1.47% Asian, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

There were 139 households, out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $48,594. Males had a median income of $30,536 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,733. About 3.5% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Local events[edit]

The area's Strausstown Rod and Gun Club periodically hosts one of the country's few remaining trap pigeon shoots. Live birds are places in boxes about 30 yards from a club member who shoots when the bird is released.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Boor, Alison D. (Berger), Strausstown Roots, Our Family’s 20th Century History in Biographies, retrieved 2008-11-28 
  5. ^ Anthony Orozco. "Longtime residents of Strausstown fondly recall borough of yesteryear". Reading Eagle. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ Pigeon shoot goes off as scheduled in Upper Tulpehocken Township, By Steven Henshaw. Reading Eagle March 3, 2008

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