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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
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Location in Adams County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Adams County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
East Berlin, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
East Berlin, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Adams
Settled 1764
Incorporated 1879
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Land 0.70 sq mi (1.82 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
443 ft (135 m)
 • Total 1,521
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,197.72/sq mi (848.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 717 and 223
FIPS code 42-20792

East Berlin is a borough in Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,521 at the 2010 census. East Berlin is served by the Bermudian Springs School District.

East Berlin is located in the southern part of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the York County border and 13 miles (21 km) west of York.


In 1764, John Frankenberger purchased and laid out eighty-five lots with streets and alleys and named it "Berlin," his home in Germany. Subsequently, confusion with another community in Pennsylvania, led to altering the name to "East Berlin." By 1797 under the new owner John Hildebrand, East Berlin had approximately one hundred houses. When York County was divided in 1800, East Berlin became part of the newly created Adams County.

In 1877, the Berlin Branch Railroad was completed, linking the town to Berlin Junction on the Hanover Junction, Hanover and Gettysburg Railroad. The railroad operated until 1914, when the tracks were removed from East Berlin to Abbottstown. The rail line was relaid in 1916 and continued to operate as the East Berlin Railroad until 1939. The tracks were again removed in 1940.

In 1879, the community was incorporated as a borough.

The East Berlin Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.


East Berlin is located at 39°56′16″N 76°58′51″W / 39.93778°N 76.98083°W / 39.93778; -76.98083 (39.937890, -76.980942).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.

East Berlin is at the junction of State highways 194 and 234.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 418
1880 510
1890 595 16.7%
1900 668 12.3%
1910 672 0.6%
1920 616 −8.3%
1930 790 28.2%
1940 792 0.3%
1950 913 15.3%
1960 1,037 13.6%
1970 1,086 4.7%
1980 1,054 −2.9%
1990 1,175 11.5%
2000 1,365 16.2%
2010 1,521 11.4%
2019 (est.) 1,545 1.6%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,365 people, 557 households, and 387 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,962.1 people per square mile (752.9/km²). There were 588 housing units at an average density of 845.2 per square mile (324.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.44% White, 0.51% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.86% of the population.

There were 557 households, out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,819, and the median income for a family was $43,646. Males had a median income of $34,659 versus $21,971 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,818. About 5.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

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