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Overview

Introduction to Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles SE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 32 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pottstown History

The area now known as Pottstown was originally a land grant to William Penn. English, Germans, and Swedes were among the first settlers in the region. An iron forge was established in 1714, which caused the iron industry to become an important component of the community's economy. The Potts family, who were iron masters by profession, arrived in the mid-18th century and founded another forge. In 1761, John Potts established the town on 995 acres of land, and in 1815, it was officially incorporated as "Pottstown." The Reading Railroad's extension to Mount Carbon brought further prosperity to the community.

Pottstown and Nearby Attractions

  • Pottsgrove Manor
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • Valley Forge Historical Society Museum
  • Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • French Creek State Park

Things To Do In Pottstown

Pottsgrove Manor, the house of John Potts who founded the community, was constructed in 1752 and features early Georgian architecture. The 197-acre arboretum and conservation area, Welkinweir, which is also located in Pottstown, is currently on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. The Mennonite Heritage Center showcases exhibits of the history of Mennonites in southern Pennsylvania. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Peter Wentz Farmstead, and Daniel Boone Homestead are some of the nearby places of historic interest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, and picnicking at the Evansburg State Park Marsh Creek State Park, and French Creek State Park. Some of these parks also include golf courses. The community hosts the Colonial May Fair during May every year.

Pottstown Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Pottstown Higher Education

Montgomery County Community College - West Campus is situated in Pottstown. Valley Forge Christian College, Albright College, Ursinus College, and Eastern University are located nearby.

People

Total Population 22,586
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,533
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,920
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,164

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,176
% Above Poverty Level 78.3%
% Below Poverty Level 21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $843
Median House Value $129,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 16.4%

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

Pottstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles SE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 19464, 19465
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.245
Longitude -75.65

Pottstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station GRATERFORD 1 E
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
Station PHOENIXVILLE 1 E
Distance 11.9 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
Station NORRISTOWN
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bechtelsville 878 $75,625
Birdsboro 5,155 $75,000
Boyertown 4,053 $63,214

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

Pottstown Public Libraries

Library
Pottstown Public Library
500 HIGH STREET
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
(610) 970-6551

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Pottstown Hospitals

POTTSTOWN MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1600 EAST HIGH STREET AND ARMAND HAMMER BLVD
(610) 327-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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OWEN J ROBERTS HS
610-469-5101
Serves 1,315 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

POTTSGROVE SHS
610-326-5105
Serves 1,077 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

POTTSTOWN SHS
610-970-6700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 863 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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