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Overview

Introduction to Shillington, Pennsylvania

Shillington, Pennsylvania, in Berks county, is 2 miles SW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 49 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is located in the Reading area and has 5,059 residents.

Shillington History

Samuel Shilling, a local landowner, sold some of his lots for residences in 1860 which is when Shillington became part of Cumru Township. Three Mile House was a popular inn built in 1762, where farmers going to the city would stop. The first post office was opened in 1884, and Shillington was incorporated as a separate municipalty by the Quarter Session Court on August 18, 1908. Much of the land of Shillington was occupied by Angelica Farm, which became an alms house in 1824. The first governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas Mifflin, used to live at Angelica Farms.

Shillington and Nearby Attractions

  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Marsh Creek State Park
  • Heritage Map Museum
  • Blue Marsh Lake
  • Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
  • Crystal Cave

Things To Do In Shillington

Some of the places around Shillington to visit are Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Brandywine Zoo, Longwood Gardens, and Indian Echo Caverns. A day trip could be planned to Hershey's Chocolate World and HersheyPark. Opportunities for fishing, camping, boating, swimming, and hiking are available at French Creek State Park, Swatara State Park, and Marsh Creek State Park. Museums that may be visited include Landis Valley Museum, Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, North Museum of Natural History & Science, and Hands-On House. Conrad Weiser Homestead and James Buchanan House are among several historic sites near the town.

Shillington Transportation

Air transportation is available from Lancaster Airport.

Shillington Higher Education

Reading Area Community College, Alvernia College, and Albright College are located near Shillington.

People

Total Population 5,268
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,911
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 45.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,778
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 0.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $851
Median House Value $138,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
US/American 0%
English 9%
Irish 20.7%

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

Shillington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Berks
Metro Area Reading
Standard Zip Codes 19607
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.307
Longitude -75.965

Shillington 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 BLUE MARSH LAKE
Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Station READING 4 NNW
Distance 7.7 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
Station HAMBURG
Distance 16.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kenhorst 2,870 $65,278

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

Shillington Public Libraries

Library
Mifflin Community Library
6 PHILADELPHIA AVE.
Shillington, Pennsylvania
(610) 777-3911

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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