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Elverson, Pennsylvania
Intersection of Main Street (Rt. 23) and Chestnut Street (Rt. 82)
Intersection of Main Street (Rt. 23) and Chestnut Street (Rt. 82)
Location in Chester County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Chester County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Elverson, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Elverson, Pennsylvania
Elverson, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Elverson, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Elverson, Pennsylvania
Elverson, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Incorporated April 17, 1911
Named for James Elverson
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Land 0.99 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
669 ft (204 m)
 • Total 1,225
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,315.90/sq mi (507.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes 610 and 484
FIPS code 42-23440

Elverson is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,225 at the 2010 census.

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


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.

The Elverson Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land. Elverson borders the Hopewell Big Woods. The city of Reading is approximately 18 miles (29 km) north of the borough.

Adjacent municipalities

  • Caernarvon Township, Berks County - north
  • West Nantmeal Township, Chester County - east, south, and west


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 304
1930 330 8.6%
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%
2010 1,225 27.7%
2020 1,330 8.6%

At the 2010 census, the borough was 96.7% non-Hispanic White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, and 0.7% were two or more races. 1.6% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

At the 2000 census 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 per square mile (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%.

There were 412 households, 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 households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% were one person aged 65 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% 65 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 household income was $57,813 and the median family income 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.

Notable Events

In 2011 an Elverson resident, Stuart Connelly, began the filming of his first major production, The Suspect. This 96 minute feature-length film was picked up by Modoc Spring. Connelly, the film's writer and director, upon moving to the area a few years prior knew he wanted to use Elverson and the surrounding area as the location for a film some day. The film was released to theaters in 2013. In the high paced thriller, two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.

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