Upper Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Upper Tulpehocken Township
Seyfert Mill 01.JPG
Seyfert Mill
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 568 ft (173.1 m)
Coordinates 40°30′30″N 76°07′59″W / 40.50833°N 76.13306°W / 40.50833; -76.13306Coordinates: 40°30′30″N 76°07′59″W / 40.50833°N 76.13306°W / 40.50833; -76.13306
Area 22.9 sq mi (59.3 km2)
 - land 22.9 sq mi (59 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 0.17%
Population 1,575 (2010)
Density 65.4/sq mi (25.3/km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Upper Tulpehocken Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Upper Tulpehocken Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,575 at the 2010 census.


Tulpehocken is a name derived from a Native American language meaning "land of the turtles".[1]

The Seyfert Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[2]

In 2016, the Borough of Strausstown voted to merge with Upper Tulpehocken Township.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59.3 km²), of which, 22.9 square miles (59.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water.

Adjacent townships


Township office.
Farm in Upper Tulpehocken Township on Olde Route 22.

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,495 people, 538 households, and 392 families residing in the township. The population density was 65.4 people per square mile (25.2/km²). There were 587 housing units at an average density of 25.7/sq mi (9.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.99% White, 0.60% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 538 households, out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.27.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,154
1990 1,289 11.7%
2000 1,495 16.0%
2010 1,575 5.4%
Source: US Census Bureau

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,469, and the median income for a family was $50,188. Males had a median income of $35,403 versus $26,583 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,699. About 5.8% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "Local school children to hear history of Berks and deeds of noted citizens". Reading Eagle. Mar 6, 1927. p. 5. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Anthony Orozco. "Longtime residents of Strausstown fondly recall borough of yesteryear". Reading Eagle. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.