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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Penn Avenue in the commercial district
Penn Avenue in the commercial district
Location in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Location in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Incorporated March 13, 1913
 • Total 1.24 sq mi (3.22 km2)
 • Land 1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
338 ft (103 m)
 • Total 4,008
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,308.62/sq mi (1,277.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 610 & 484

Sinking Spring is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,008 at the 2010 census. Sinking Spring was given its name for a spring located in the center of town. The water in this spring would sink into the ground from time to time, giving the illusion that it had disappeared. The Sinking Spring area is served by the Wilson School District.


Sinking Spring is located at 40°19′29″N 76°1′21″W / 40.32472°N 76.02250°W / 40.32472; -76.02250 (40.324725, -76.022386).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.

The Indians who first inhabited this area were the Lenni Lenape Indians (meaning the "original people"). The Tribe in this immediate area was the Minsi or Wolf tribe. They were known to be quite warlike at times. These Indians later became known as the Delawares. This name was given to them by a white man, Lorde de la Ware. Indian inhabitants in the Sinking Spring area supposedly called the main spring as the sunken spring. White settlers later called it the "sinking spring."

Penn Avenue is the main thoroughfare of Sinking Spring. There is a stone monument in the 3800 block of Penn Avenue. It was placed to identify "The Spring," which is said to periodically appear and disappear. The Township of Sinking Spring has a large number of underground streams that carve out limestone and form sinkholes; thus the name Sinking Spring.

The Borough of Sinking Spring was incorporated on March 13, 1913.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 517
1920 1,270
1930 1,771 39.4%
1940 1,861 5.1%
1950 1,982 6.5%
1960 2,244 13.2%
1970 2,862 27.5%
1980 2,617 −8.6%
1990 2,467 −5.7%
2000 2,639 7.0%
2010 4,008 51.9%
2019 (est.) 4,106 2.4%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,639 people, 1,233 households, and 748 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,960.7 people per square mile (754.8/km2). There were 1,269 housing units at an average density of 942.8 per square mile (362.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.76% White, 1.06% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 1.21% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.

There were 1,233 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.6% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,078, and the median income for a family was $50,064. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $24,635 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,053. About 12.0% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.


US 422 and PA 724 meet in Sinking Spring. The borough is served by BARTA bus Route 14.

Notable people

  • John H. Addams, was a politician and businessman
  • Kenny Brightbill, former NASCAR and professional dirt modified driver
  • Paul Specht, was an American dance bandleader popular in the 1920s
  • Shane Stafford, former arena football quarterback
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