Introduction to Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks county, is 14 miles NE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 50 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is considered part of the Reading metropolitan area.

Kutztown History

Most of the area in Berks County was settled primarily by Germans from the Palatinate region. Kutztown was also settled by these Germans from southwest Germany. Peter Wentz owned a large tract of land which is presently Maxatawny Township. On June 16, 1755, George Kutz purchased around 130 acres from Wentz which later became known as Kutztown. Plans for the town were laid out in 1779. The place, which was earlier called Cootstown, was incorporated as a borough in 1815.

Kutztown and Nearby Attractions

  • Crystal Cave
  • Historical Society of Berks County Museum
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
  • Daniel Boone Homestead
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Locust Lake State Park

Things To Do In Kutztown

Picnic areas, and opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing are available at Tuscarora State Park near the town. Locust Lake State Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are also located nearby. Some of the museums to visit are Troxell-Steckel House and Park Museum, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, and Lock Ridge Furnace Museum. People celebrate Kutztown Fair and Heritage Harvest Fescht in August and October. Golfers may enjoy a game at Sittler Golf Center. Crystal Cave is a another popular attraction near Kutztown. Underground educational tours are also arranged at Crystal Cave.

Kutztown Transportation

Flights are available from Reading Regional Airport.

Kutztown Higher Education

Kutztown University is located in Kutztown. Other colleges nearby include Reading Area Community College, Penn State Berks, Alvernia College, and Albright College.


Total Population 5,018
Male Share of the Population 43.1%
Female Share of the Population 56.9%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,483
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $77,188
% Above Poverty Level 77.6%
% Below Poverty Level 22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 24.9%
Median Gross Rent $857
Median House Value $153,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 7.7%

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

Kutztown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Berks
Metro Area Reading
Standard Zip Codes 19530
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.517
Longitude -75.777

Kutztown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 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
Distance 11 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 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Greenwich (19530)

Grimville (19530)

New Smithville (19530)

Schofer (19530)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alburtis 2,411 $77,273
Dale 1,138 $37,313
Fleetwood 4,082 $74,795
Lenhartsville 182 $53,438

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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