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Boyertown, Pennsylvania

Boyertown viewed from atop Cannon Hill
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Location of Boyertown in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Boyertown in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Boyertown, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
 • Total 0.77 sq mi (2.00 km2)
 • Land 0.77 sq mi (2.00 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
407 ft (124 m)
 • Total 4,055
 • Estimate 
 • Density 5,266.49/sq mi (2,032.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 610 Exchanges: 367,369,473

Boyertown (Pennsylvania Dutch: Boyerschteddel) is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,055 at the 2010 census. This was approximately a 2.9% population growth since the 2000 U.S. Census. Boyertown is known for the many painted fiberglass bears that can be found throughout the town and borough.


A post office called Boyertown has been in operation since 1828. The community was named for its founders, brothers Henry and Daniel Boyer.


Boyertown is located along the southeastern border of Berks County. It is bordered on the north, west, and south by Colebrookdale Township; to the southeast it is bordered by Douglass Township in Montgomery County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Boyertown has a total area of 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 690
1880 1,099 59.3%
1890 1,436 30.7%
1900 1,709 19.0%
1910 2,433 42.4%
1920 3,189 31.1%
1930 3,943 23.6%
1940 3,983 1.0%
1950 4,074 2.3%
1960 4,067 −0.2%
1970 4,428 8.9%
1980 3,979 −10.1%
1990 3,759 −5.5%
2000 3,940 4.8%
2010 4,055 2.9%
2019 (est.) 4,071 0.4%

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,940 people, 1,805 households, and 1,025 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,941.7 people per square mile (1,901.6/km2). There were 1,885 housing units at an average density of 2,364.2 per square mile (909.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.83% White, 0.20% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

There were 1,805 households, out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder, and 43.2% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,232, and the median income for a family was $52,943. Males had a median income of $33,783 versus $26,507 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,194. About 3.6% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


  • Rhoads Opera House
  • Cabot Corporation


Pennsylvania Route 73 (Philadelphia Avenue) is the main east–west road through the borough. It leads east-southeast to Schwenksville and eventually Northeast Philadelphia. To the northwest it leads to Blandon north of Reading. Pennsylvania Route 562 (Reading Avenue) leads west to Reading proper. Pennsylvania Route 100 bypasses the borough just outside its eastern border, leading north to Macungie near Allentown and south into Pottstown. A railroad line runs south from Boyertown to Pottstown. This line is used by the Colebrookdale Railroad tourist line and the Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad freight line.

Sister cities

Boyertown has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Public education

The borough is served by the Boyertown Area School District.This includes one senior high school, two middle schools, seven elementary schools, and a cyber school program.

Notable people

  • Steve Burns (born 1973), former Blue's Clues host, actor, musician
  • James Develin (born 1988), football player for the New England Patriots
  • Creighton Rothenberger (born 1964), screenwriter, known for Olympus Has Fallen and Expendables 3
  • John M. Schealer (1920–2008), author of numerous science fiction books for children
  • Mark Soper (born 1959), actor
  • Carl Spaatz (1891–1974), Army general during World War II
  • Megan McGrath (born 1990), creator/executive producer of Floor Is Lava on Netflix

See also

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