Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Womelsdorf
Womelsdorf 2.jpg
House on Franklin Street
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 449 ft (136.9 m)
Coordinates 40°21′55″N 76°11′16″W / 40.36528°N 76.18778°W / 40.36528; -76.18778Coordinates: 40°21′55″N 76°11′16″W / 40.36528°N 76.18778°W / 40.36528; -76.18778
Area 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - land 0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 2,810 (2010)
Density 2,995.8 / sq mi (1,156.7 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19567
Area code 610 and 484
Location of Womelsdorf in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Womelsdorf is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,810 at the 2010 census. The main thoroughfares through Womelsdorf are High Street, which runs east-west, and Pennsylvania Route 419, which runs north-south. U.S. Route 422 runs along the northern edge of town.


Womelsdorf Parade 1962.
Womelsdorf parade 1962, Betsy Ross float.

John Womelsdorf founded the community in 1762, and named it after himself.[1]

A Pennsylvania state historic site, the Conrad Weiser Homestead, is located in Womelsdorf; this site interprets the life of Conrad Weiser, a well-known 18th-century German immigrant who played a major role in the history of colonial Pennsylvania.

The Womelsdorf Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[2]


Womelsdorf is located at 40°21′55″N 76°11′16″W / 40.36528°N 76.18778°W / 40.36528; -76.18778 (40.365201, -76.187815).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 849
1850 947 11.5%
1860 1,076 13.6%
1870 1,031 −4.2%
1880 1,097 6.4%
1890 1,141 4.0%
1900 1,136 −0.4%
1910 1,301 14.5%
1920 1,331 2.3%
1930 1,484 11.5%
1940 1,450 −2.3%
1950 1,549 6.8%
1960 1,471 −5.0%
1970 1,551 5.4%
1980 1,827 17.8%
1990 2,270 24.2%
2000 2,599 14.5%
2010 2,810 8.1%
Est. 2014 2,804 [4] −0.2%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,599 people, 1,061 households, and 691 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,995.8 people per square mile (1,153.4/km²). There were 1,112 housing units at an average density of 1,281.8 per square mile (493.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.46% White, 0.65% African American, 1.42% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.

There were 1,061 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households consisted of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,082, and the median income for a family was $53,456. Males had a median income of $38,309 versus $24,514 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,133. About 2.2% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company[edit]

Continuing under Chief Martin's supervision since 2004, one of the things Womelsdorf is known for in the surrounding communities and counties is the fire department. Chief Martin and Womelsdorf were thrown into the national spotlight in March 2008, when Chief Martin was nominated and recognized on America's Most Wanted TV show for an American All Star, he was in the third week, the third highest nominated candidate. Known for their training, abilities from their firefighters when responding to a call, and more, the fire department is 100% volunteer and has a roster of firefighters with experience from less than a year to over thirty years. The background of these firefighters come from all walks of life, and respond to a call at a moments notice no matter what they are doing. The firefighters answer to everything from fire suppression, rescue, assisting EMS with patients, and more, twenty fours a day, seven days a week without question. The department, like all volunteer departments, relies on the citizens of its town for donations and more. Several times a year, the firefighters go door to door selling sandwiches, chickens, and more. With every year that passes the department sets records on their selling and the loving donations that the public of Womelsdorf give so much. The fire department is one of seventy all volunteer or paid/volunteer departments in Berks County, Pa. Womelsdorf was recognized in the summer of 2009, from the state of Pa as being one of the few departments in Berks County to have the greatest number of firefighters with the certification of Firefighter 1, that allows the dept to qualify for more funding when grants come around from the state.


  1. ^ "Womelsdorf to celebrate 100th anniversary event". Reading Eagle. Jun 28, 1933. p. 18. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  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.