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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Kuster Mill, built 1702 and located in nearby Skippack Township
Kuster Mill, built 1702 and located in nearby Skippack Township
Location of Collegeville in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Collegeville in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Collegeville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Collegeville, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Settled 1684
 • Type Council-manager
 • Total 1.61 sq mi (4.17 km2)
 • Land 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
207 ft (63 m)
 • Total 5,089
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,291.35/sq mi (1,270.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
19426, 19473
Area code(s) 610
FIPS code 42-15192

Collegeville is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Philadelphia, United States, on the Perkiomen Creek. Collegeville was incorporated in 1896. It is the location of Ursinus College which opened in 1869. The population was 5,089 at the 2010 census.


The village was originally known as Perkiomen Bridge and later as Freeland. In 1869 the German Reformed Church founded Ursinus College just outside Freeland, and the village changed its name to Collegeville. The Perkiomen Bridge and Perkiomen Bridge Hotel are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Collegeville is located at 40°11′8″N 75°27′30″W / 40.18556°N 75.45833°W / 40.18556; -75.45833 (40.185554, -75.458273).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.70%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 611
1910 621 1.6%
1920 681 9.7%
1930 878 28.9%
1940 976 11.2%
1950 1,900 94.7%
1960 2,254 18.6%
1970 3,191 41.6%
1980 3,406 6.7%
1990 4,227 24.1%
2000 8,032 90.0%
2010 5,089 −36.6%
2020 5,043 −0.9%
Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2020 38.0% 1,056 61.2% 1,699
2016 39.1% 986 55.3% 1,393
2012 43.2% 1,011 54.6% 1,275
2008 40.2% 1,011 58.8% 1,478
2004 46.6% 1,006 52.9% 1,142
2000 50.1% 852 47.5% 808

As of the 2010 census, the population of the borough was 89.4% White, 4.0% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.8% Asian, and 1.9% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,032 people, 1,408 households, and 1,010 families residing in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough was 61.83% White, 31.19% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.93% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.13% of the population. The 2000 census apparently included the population of State Correctional Institution - Graterford, located in nearby Skippack Township.

There were 1,408 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 12.9% under the age of 18, 17.6% from 18 to 24, 42.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 240.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 275.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $77,499, and the median income for a family was $90,733. Males had a median income of $40,185 versus $39,236 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,080. About 1.0% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


SEPTA operates bus #93 along Collegeville's Main Street and Ridge Pike, running southeast to Norristown and northwest to Pottstown. The southern segment of highway PA 29 also serves Collegeville, running north to Allentown and south to Malvern. PA 29 has an interchange with US 422 southwest of Collegeville; US 422 heads east toward King of Prussia and Philadelphia and west toward Pottstown and Reading.


Collegeville offers multiple attractions, including skydiving, a Rita's Water Ice, horse-back riding and their well-known car show. Collegeville used to be home of the Collegeville Pitstop, which was a family fun center that featured mini-golf, go-karts, and a video arcade.


Collegeville and the surrounding area are rapidly growing. The borough of Collegeville is home to Ursinus College, as well as many local businesses. Outside the borough, Pfizer's pharmaceutical division and Dow Chemical share a global research and development campus. There is also a GlaxoSmithKline research and development facility. The Providence Town Center, an open-air shopping and restaurant mall, is located just outside Collegeville.

Collegeville is the home of the Church House (headquarters) of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.


The borough of Collegeville is served by the Perkiomen Valley School District. Some nearby areas outside of the borough limits are served by Methacton School District and Spring-Ford School District.

There is also one private parochial school, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, which serves grades K-8. Holy Cross was formed in 2012 by the merger of St. Eleanor in Collegeville and Sacred Heart in Royersford. Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford is the area Catholic high school.

The borough is also home to Ursinus College. Montgomery County Community College, with campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, provides community college services to Collegeville residents.

The Montgomery County Library & Information Network Consortium (MCLINC) operates area bookmobiles, and physical libraries serving the Collegeville area including the Perkiomen Valley Library at Schwenksville, the Lower Providence Community Library in Eagleville, the Royersford Free Public Library, the Norristown public library, and the Phoenixville Public Library of the Chester County Library System.

Notable people

  • Horace Ashenfelter, winner of the steeplechase at the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki and Sullivan Award winner as outstanding amateur athlete for the year 1952.
  • The Bloodhound Gang, rock band best known for their 2000 single, "The Bad Touch"
  • CM Punk, mixed martial artist and former professional wrestler, lived in Collegeville between December 2003 and August 2005
  • Jen Carfagno, Meteorologist and Broadcaster
  • Tim Cooney (baseball), pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization.
  • Joe DeRosa, stand-up comedian, author, actor and television writer
  • Elin Hilderbrand, romance novelist.
  • Michael R. Matz, an American Olympics equestrian rider and Thoroughbred horse trainer who won the 2006 Kentucky Derby.
  • J.D. Salinger, American author, attended Ursinus College in 1938
  • Jasmine Upchurch, fantasy novelist.

See also

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