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Overview

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.

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 Birdsboro 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 horseback 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,145
Male Share of the Population51.3%
Female Share of the Population48.7%
Senior Citizens11.6%
Employed Population 16+2,718
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married54.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.1%
Median Earnings25+$38,294
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$37,543
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,188

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,297
% Above Poverty Level90.3%
% Below Poverty Level9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone21.8%
Median Gross Rent$916
Median House Value$157,100

Ancestry

Irish26.2%
English12.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.8%
Italian8.9%
Polish6%
German4.5%
Swedish2.5%
Dutch2.1%
French Except Basque1.8%
Scottish1.6%
Canadian1.6%
Welsh1.5%
Norwegian1%
Hungarian0.9%
Slovak0.6%
Arab0.4%
Egyptian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Icelander0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Australian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
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Birdsboro Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berks County
Standard Zip Codes19508
Phone Area Codes484,610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.26
Approximate Longitude-75.81

Birdsboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOPEWELL MORGANTOWN
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip48 inches
StationREADING 4 NNW
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip44.8 inches
StationPHOENIXVILLE 1 E
Distance19.1 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip43.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Elverson1,347$78,750
Kenhorst2,856$62,321
Mount Penn3,177$55,179
Pottstown22,619$56,277
Reading87,899$29,713
St. Lawrence1,895$71,471

Birdsboro Public Libraries

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

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Birdsboro Public Schools

Birdsboro El Ctr
400 W 2nd St
ZIP: 19508
(610) 582-6190
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Daniel Boone Area Hs
501 Chestnut St, Po Box 450
ZIP: 19508
(610) 582-6100
High
Total Enrollment 1157
Monocacy El Ctr
576 Monocacy Creek Road
ZIP: 19508
(610) 385-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Robeson El Ctr
801 White Bear Rd
ZIP: 19508
(610) 582-9580
Primary
Total Enrollment 401

Birdsboro Private Schools

Berks Christian School
926 Philadelphia Ter
ZIP: 19508
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 149
Live'n Learn Smile Center
326 W Main St
ZIP: 19508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
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