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Overview

Introduction to Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles SE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 32 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pottstown History

The area now known as Pottstown was originally a land grant to William Penn. English, Germans, and Swedes were among the first settlers in the region. An iron forge was established in 1714, which caused the iron industry to become an important component of the community's economy. The Potts family, who were iron masters by profession, arrived in the mid-18th century and founded another forge. In 1761, John Potts established the town on 995 acres of land, and in 1815, it was officially incorporated as "Pottstown." The Reading Railroad's extension to Mount Carbon brought further prosperity to the community.

Pottstown and Nearby Attractions

  • Pottsgrove Manor
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • Valley Forge Historical Society Museum
  • Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • French Creek State Park

Things To Do In Pottstown

Pottsgrove Manor, the house of John Potts who founded the community, was constructed in 1752 and features early Georgian architecture. The 197-acre arboretum and conservation area, Welkinweir, which is also located in Pottstown, is currently on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. The Mennonite Heritage Center showcases exhibits of the history of Mennonites in southern Pennsylvania. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Peter Wentz Farmstead, and Daniel Boone Homestead are some of the nearby places of historic interest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, and picnicking at the Evansburg State Park Marsh Creek State Park, and French Creek State Park. Some of these parks also include golf courses. The community hosts the Colonial May Fair during May every year.

Pottstown Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Pottstown Higher Education

Montgomery County Community College - West Campus is situated in Pottstown. Valley Forge Christian College, Albright College, Ursinus College, and Eastern University are located nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,715
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+10,867
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married42%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.5%
Median Earnings25+$34,553
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,873
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,795

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,642
% Above Poverty Level78%
% Below Poverty Level22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.6%
Median Gross Rent$914
Median House Value$127,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.8%
Irish15.6%
Italian11.2%
English5.5%
Polish5.4%
German2.2%
West Indian1.9%
Hungarian1.6%
Scottish1.4%
Slovak1.4%
African1.2%
Russian0.9%
Swedish0.9%
French Except Basque0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Haitian0.6%
Brazilian0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Arab0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Czech0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Iranian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Greek0.2%
British0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
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Pottstown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chester County, Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes19465, 19464
Phone Area Codes4,84,610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.19
Approximate Longitude-75.68

Pottstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGRATERFORD 1 E
Distance11.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip44.3 inches
StationPHOENIXVILLE 1 E
Distance11.9 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
StationNORRISTOWN
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip47.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bechtelsville773$74,773
Birdsboro5,156$78,750
Boyertown4,071$64,231
Royersford4,788$71,336
Trappe3,551$95,625

Pottstown Public Libraries

Pottstown Regional Public Library
500 HIGH STREET
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
(610) 970-6551

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Pottstown Hospitals

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1600 East High Street
(610) 327-7000

Pottstown Public Schools

Barth El Sch
467 W Walnut St
ZIP: 19464
(610) 970-6675
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Franklin El Sch
970 N Franklin St
ZIP: 19464
(610) 970-6641
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Lincoln El Sch
461 N York St
ZIP: 19464
(610) 970-6646
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Lower Pottsgrove El Sch
1329 Buchert Road
ZIP: 19464
(610) 323-7510
Primary
Total Enrollment 733
Pottsgrove Ms
1351 North Hanover Street
ZIP: 19464
(610) 326-8243
Middle
Total Enrollment 731
Pottsgrove Shs
1345 Kauffman Rd
ZIP: 19464
(610) 326-5105
High
Total Enrollment 993
Pottstown Ms
600 N Franklin St
ZIP: 19464
(610) 970-6665
Middle
Total Enrollment 921
Pottstown Shs
750 N Washington St
ZIP: 19464
(610) 970-6700
High
Total Enrollment 795
Ringing Rocks El Sch
1401 Kauffman Rd
ZIP: 19464
(610) 323-0903
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Rupert El Sch
1230 South St
ZIP: 19464
(610) 970-6660
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
East Coventry El Sch
932 Sanatoga Rd
ZIP: 19465
(610) 469-5103
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
French Creek El Sch
3590 Coventryville Rd
ZIP: 19465
(610) 469-5104
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
North Coventry El Sch
475 Kemp Road
ZIP: 19465
(610) 469-5105
Primary
Total Enrollment 623
Owen J Roberts Hs
981 Ridge Rd
ZIP: 19465
(610) 469-5101
High
Total Enrollment 1565
Owen J Roberts Ms
881 Ridge Rd
ZIP: 19465
(610) 469-5102
Middle
Total Enrollment 828

Pottstown Private Schools

Buxmont Academy Pottstown
1460 N Charlotte St
ZIP: 19464
Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Coventry Christian Schools
699 N Pleasantview Rd
ZIP: 19464
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 210
Creative Minds Montessori School
1374 Commerce Dr # A
ZIP: 19464
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Aloysius School
220 N Hanover St
ZIP: 19464
Elementary
Total Enrollment 258
The Hill School
860 Beech St
ZIP: 19464
Secondary
Total Enrollment 494
Wyndcroft School
1395 Wilson St
ZIP: 19464
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
West-mont Christian Academy
873 S Hanover St
ZIP: 19465
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 299
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