Introduction to Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill county, is 24 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 70 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of 5,548.

Schuylkill Haven History

The original inhabitants of this area were the Lenni Lenape Indians. White settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. John Fincher, a Quaker, was the first settler to construct a house in present day Schuylkill Haven. He received a 225-acre land grant, and settled in the area on March 5, 1750, which is considered the unofficial foundation date of the community. Fincher's settlement was called "Fincher's Ford". According to some records, the town was named after the Schuylkill Canal which was completed in 1825. However, other records claim that it was named for the Schuylkill River. Martin Dreibelbis, a German immigrant, established a distillery, a saw mill, and a grist mill in Schuylkill Haven in 1775. The community was incorporated on June 11, 1840.

Schuylkill Haven and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Conrad Weiser Homestead
  • Swatara State Park
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Things To Do In Schuylkill Haven

The Museum of Anthracite Mining houses artifacts reflecting the history of the anthracite coal mining industries. The town also offers easy access to the Children's Museum of Manhattan, Berks County Heritage Center, and Historical Society of Berks County Museum. Conrad Weiser Homestead, and John O'Hara House are places of historic importance near Schuylkill Haven. The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, which is situated on 2,400 acres, is a popular destination in the area. Swatara State Park, situated on the Swatara Creek, offers opportunities for the enjoyment of hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and horseback riding. Among other attractions in the region are Hershey's Chocolate World, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Knoebels Amusement Park, and HersheyPark.

Schuylkill Haven Transportation

Air transportation is available from Harrisburg International Airport.

Schuylkill Haven Higher Education

Schuylkill Haven is home to the Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Campus. Penn State Berks, and Albright College are located nearby.


Total Population 5,321
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,464
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $59,783
% Above Poverty Level 85.6%
% Below Poverty Level 14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 25.3%
Median Gross Rent $633
Median House Value $79,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.5%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 17.1%

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

Schuylkill Haven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Standard Zip Codes 17972
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.63
Longitude -76.171

Schuylkill Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 19.4 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 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Adamsdale (17972)

Bohrmans Mill (17972)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cressona 1,841 $58,875
Landingville 94 $75,625

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

Schuylkill Haven Public Libraries

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Serves 1,002 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

Serves 425 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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