Introduction to Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, in Berks county, is 8 miles SE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 40 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is considered part of the Reading metropolitan area and has a population of 5,064.

Birdsboro History

The community of Birdsboro was named after William Bird who founded it. In 1737, William Bird took land warrants on Six Pennt Creek and Haycreek Road. In 1740, he established a forge by the banks of Haycreek as well as a gristmill and sawmill along the creek. Matthew Brooke bought all the land that the Bird family owned which included the mills and forges. After his death, his two sons who inherited everything, established the E & G Brooke Iron Company and contributed greatly to the development of iron. Birdsboro was incorporated as a borough in 1872.

Birdsboro and Nearby Attractions

  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • French Creek State Park
  • Lock Ridge Furnace Museum
  • Crystal Cave
  • Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
  • Longwood Gardens

Things To Do In Birdsboro

There are several places to visit while in Birdsbor such as Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Longwood Gardens, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, and Crystal Cave. Museums such as Valley Forge Historical Society Museum, Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and Berks County Heritage Center are also near the town. Activities like horeback riding, hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking may be enjoyed at Evansburg State Park, Nockamixon State Park, or Ridley Creek State Park. Daniel Boone Homestead is a popular historic site located near Birdsboro.

Birdsboro Transportation

Reading Regional Airport is located nearby.

Birdsboro Higher Education

Albright College, Reading Area Community College, Kutztown University, and Penn State Berks are colleges closest to Birdsboro.


Total Population 5,155
Male Share of the Population 51.5%
Female Share of the Population 48.5%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,627
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $38,506
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,071
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,797


Median Family Income $75,000
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 19.5%
Median Gross Rent $898
Median House Value $156,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
US/American 0%
English 11%
Irish 31.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Birdsboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Berks
Metro Area Reading
Standard Zip Codes 19508
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.264
Longitude -75.804

Birdsboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Birdsboro, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Baumstown (19508)

Gibraltar (19508)

Lincoln Heights (19508)

Ridgewood (19508)

Robeson (19508)

Seyfert (19508)

Stonersville (19508)

Stonetown (19508)

White Bear (19508)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elverson 1,353 $65,625
Kenhorst 2,870 $65,278

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Birdsboro Public Libraries

Boone Area Library
129 N. MILL ST.
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
(610) 582-5666

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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