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Overview

Introduction to Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill county, is 24 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 70 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Schuylkill Haven History

The original inhabitants of this area were the Lenni-Lenape Indians. White settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. John Fincher, a Quaker, was the first settler to construct a house in present day Schuylkill Haven. He received a 225-acre land grant, and settled in the area on March 5, 1750, which is considered the unofficial foundation date of the community. Fincher's settlement was called "Fincher's Ford." According to some records, the town was named after the Schuylkill Canal which was completed in 1825. However, other records claim that it was named for the Schuylkill River. Martin Dreibelbis, a German immigrant, established a distillery, a saw mill, and a grist mill in Schuylkill Haven in 1775. The community was incorporated on June 11, 1840.

Schuylkill Haven and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Conrad Weiser Homestead
  • Swatara State Park
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Things To Do In Schuylkill Haven

The Museum of Anthracite Mining houses artifacts reflecting the history of the anthracite coal mining industries. The town also offers easy access to the Children's Museum of Manhattan, Berks County Heritage Center, and Historical Society of Berks County Museum. Conrad Weiser Homestead, and John O'Hara House are places of historic importance near Schuylkill Haven. The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, which is situated on 2,400 acres, is a popular destination in the area. Swatara State Park, situated on the Swatara Creek, offers opportunities for the enjoyment of hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and horseback riding. Among other attractions in the region are Hershey's Chocolate World, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Knoebels Amusement Park, and HersheyPark.

Schuylkill Haven Transportation

Air transportation is available from Harrisburg International Airport.

Schuylkill Haven Higher Education

Schuylkill Haven is home to the Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Campus. Penn State Berks, and Albright College are located nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,289
Male Share of the Population51.3%
Female Share of the Population48.7%
Senior Citizens17.3%
Employed Population 16+2,639
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married49.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,247
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,714
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,372

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,227
% Above Poverty Level92.6%
% Below Poverty Level7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone24.1%
Median Gross Rent$698
Median House Value$82,100

Ancestry

Irish17.3%
English9.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.6%
German7.8%
Welsh6.2%
Italian6.2%
Polish5.9%
Dutch4.9%
French Except Basque4.2%
Lithuanian3.6%
Slovak2.3%
Ukrainian1.1%
Czech1.1%
Arab0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Russian0.5%
Scottish0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swedish0.2%
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Schuylkill Haven Almanac

CategoryValue
County Schuylkill County
Standard Zip Codes17972
Phone Area Codes570
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.62
Approximate Longitude-76.17

Schuylkill Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHAMBURG
Distance11.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches
StationREADING 4 NNW
Distance19.4 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
StationRODALE RESEARCH CENTER
Distance24.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip46 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cressona1,798$58,167
Landingville100$64,000

Schuylkill Haven Public Libraries

Schuylkill Haven Fr Pub Lib
104 SAINT JOHN ST
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
(570) 385-0542

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Schuylkill Haven Public Schools

Blue Mountain Hs
1076 W Market St
ZIP: 17972
(570) 366-0511
High
Total Enrollment 795
Schuylkill Haven El Ctr
701 East Main Street
ZIP: 17972
(570) 385-6731
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Schuylkill Haven Shs
501 East Main Street
ZIP: 17972
(570) 385-6717
High
Total Enrollment 511
Schuylkill Haven Ms
120 Haven Street
ZIP: 17972
(570) 385-6708
Middle
Total Enrollment 276

Schuylkill Haven Private Schools

St Ambrose School
302 Randel St
ZIP: 17972
Elementary
Total Enrollment 119
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