Shillington, Pennsylvania

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Shillington, Pennsylvania

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.

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High Points

Shillington strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 9% Shillington Low Rate of Poverty
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 11% Shillington Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 12% Shillington College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 12% Shillington People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Shillington Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 13% Shillington Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Shillington Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Shillington, Pennsylvania

Comparing Shillington to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 8
Age of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Female Share of the Population 7 6
Male Share of the Population 4 5
Racial Diversity 2 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 6
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
College Educated Adults 8 9
Median Family Income 6 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 7 8
Public Transportation Use 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 8 6
Affordability of Rents 6 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Housing Recently Built 1 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Shillington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,059 100%
Male 2,394 47.3%
Female 2,665 52.7%
Under 18 1,089 21.5%
18+ 3,970 78.5%
65+ 1,087 21.5%
Median Age 40.5
Average Family Size 2.84
White 4,913 97.1%
African-American 25 0.5%
Asian 27 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 38 0.8%
Mixed Race 51 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 106 2.1%

Estimated Shillington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,031
Growth -28
Growth % -0.6%

Shillington Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 38.1%
Irish 10.2%
US/American 9.5%
Italian 9.4%
Polish 7.1%
English 4.7%
Pennsylvania German 3.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
Ukrainian 1.5%
Scottish 1.5%
Slovak 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Swiss 1%
European 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Russian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
British 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Shillington 5,059 $52,500
Kenhorst 2,679 $44,762
Mohnton 2,963 $56,174
West Lawn 1,597 $48,854
West Reading 4,049 $43,472
Wyomissing 8,587 $78,112
Wyomissing Hills 2,568 $71,193

Shillington Public Libraries

Mifflin Community Library
Shillington, Pennsylvania
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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