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Borough of Elverson
Borough
Intersection of Main Street (Rt. 23) and Chestnut Street (Rt. 82)
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 669 ft (203.9 m)
Coordinates 40°09′12″N 75°49′51″W / 40.15333°N 75.83083°W / 40.15333; -75.83083
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 959 (2000)
Density 961.2 /sq mi (371.1 /km2)
Incorporated April 17, 1911
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19520
Area code 610
Location of Elverson in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.elverson.org

Elverson is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 959 at the 2000 census.

Settled near the region's early iron mines, Elverson is close by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site; an example of a 19th century iron plantation,.

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History

Elverson's earliest settlers arrived in the late 18th century when the area was known as Springfield. Later dubbed Blue Rock after a deposit of peculiar rocks not far from the town, it remained largely rural until the arrival of the Wilmington and Northern Railroad in 1870. By 1883, the town's population had more than doubled. In 1899, the settlement was named Elverson after James Elverson, owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who would later donate a stained glass window to a church there. The Borough of Elverson was officially incorporated on April 17, 1911 from land annexed from West Nantmeal Township and it remained the commercial center of northwestern Chester County through the first half of the 20th century. In 1953 the borough annexed additional land resulting in its current size of about one square mile.

Elverson's building styles follow the periods of its commercial growth and range from early 19th century stone or log buildings to post-railroad Queen Anne structures and 20th century craftsman and Foursquare style houses. Commercial and residential development since the 1950s has occurred largely on the outskirts of the borough's historic center. The Wilmington and Northern Railroad line, later incorporated into the Reading Railroad system, was abandoned and removed in 1983.

Geography

Elverson is located at 40°9′12″N 75°49′51″W / 40.15333°N 75.83083°W / 40.15333; -75.83083 (40.153437, -75.830705).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land. The city of Reading is approximately 18 miles north of the Borough.

Adjacent Municipalities

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 330
1940 316 −4.2%
1950 370 17.1%
1960 472 27.6%
1970 509 7.8%
1980 530 4.1%
1990 470 −11.3%
2000 959 104.0%
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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 959 people, 412 households, and 313 families residing in the borough. The population density was 961.2 people per square mile (370.3/km²). There were 460 housing units at an average density of 461.1/sq mi (177.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.08% White, 0.31% African American, 1.36% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 412 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.68.

In the borough the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $57,813, and the median income for a family was $62,273. Males had a median income of $40,000 versus $31,953 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,162. About 0.6% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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