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Borough of Souderton
Borough
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Souderton Historic District
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Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 400 ft (121.9 m)
Coordinates 40°18′37″N 75°19′18″W / 40.31028°N 75.32167°W / 40.31028; -75.32167
Area 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km²)
 - land 1.1 sq mi (3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 6,618 (2010)
Density 6,015.7 /sq mi (2,322.7 /km²)
Incorporated 1887
Government Council-manager
Mayor John Reynolds
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 18964
Area code 215 Exchange: 723
Location of Souderton in Montgomery County
Location of Souderton in Montgomery County
Location of Souderton in Pennsylvania
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Location of Souderton in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: www.soudertonborough.org

Souderton is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The population was 6,618 at the 2010 census.

Pennsylvania State Route 113 In Souderton
Pennsylvania State Route 113 In Souderton

Souderton hosts the end of the annual Bucks County Classic, a professional bicycle race.

History

The town was originally named Welshtown, because it was settled by the Welsh. Souderton is prefigured in a map of 1847 as Souder's Lumberyard, and the new name was certainly in place by the railroad era in the second half of the 19th century.

The Souderton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Geography

Souderton is located at 40°18′37″N 75°19′18″W / 40.31028°N 75.32167°W / 40.31028; -75.32167 (40.310215, -75.321682).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water. The terrain is mildly rolling hills, with some steeper hills in the downtown area, and flat terrain throughout.

Arts

Souderton is home to Montgomery Theater, one of only three professional theaters in Montgomery County. Sitting in the historic firehouse on Main Street (Rte 113), the Theater produces five subscription-series shows each year, and offers education programs for students ages 8–18. Montgomery Theater draws people to Souderton from around the five-county area. Souderton also hosts an annual Art Jam every September, bringing artists and artisans to the borough park, and offering craft beer and wine tastings. This event is hosted by Souderton-Telford Main Streets, the non-profit organization that supports revitalization in Souderton.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 679
1900 1,077 58.6%
1910 1,875 74.1%
1920 3,125 66.7%
1930 3,857 23.4%
1940 4,036 4.6%
1950 4,521 12.0%
1960 5,381 19.0%
1970 6,366 18.3%
1980 6,657 4.6%
1990 5,957 −10.5%
2000 6,730 13.0%
2010 6,618 −1.7%
Est. 2015 6,747 1.9%
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As of the 2010 census, the borough was 85.6% White, 2.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.7% Asian, and 2.6% were two or more races. 11.5% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry

As of the census of 2000, 6,730 people, 2,635 households, and 1,765 families resided in the borough. The population density was 6,015.7 people per square mile (2,320.1/km²). The 2,720 housing units averaged 2,431.3 per square mile (937.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.69% White, 1.00% African American, 0.19% Native American, 3.98% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.29% of the population.

Of the 2,635 households, 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were not families. About 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough, the population was distributed as 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $47,437, and for a family was $57,200. Males had a median income of $36,280 versus $28,580 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,758. About 3.2% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Historically, a rail line which was formally Reading Company's Bethlehem Branch runs north-south through Souderton connecting to Telford, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem to the north and Hatfield and Lansdale to the south. The line was used by the SEPTA Bethlehem Line until 1981.

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