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Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania

Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania
Noble Avenue in Shoemakersville
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 374 ft (114 m)
Area 1.50 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
 - land 1.44 km2 (1 sq mi)
 - water 0.06 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 1,378 (2010)
Density 955.3 / km2 (2,474.2 / sq mi)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Shoemakersville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Shoemakersville is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,378 at the 2010 census,[1] down from 2,124 at the 2000 census.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Police force 4
    • Former train station 4.1
  • Gallery 5
  • References 6


Shoemakersville was named for the first settlers, Henry and Charles Shoemaker.[2] It was a thriving apparel manufacturing town.

The Merit Underwear Company factory was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[3]

The borough is home of the "Shoey Green Sox" Little League baseball team.


Shoemakersville is located in northern Berks County at (40.500042, -75.969047),[4] on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. Pennsylvania Route 61 passes through the borough, leading south 12 miles (19 km) to Reading, and north 4 miles (6 km) to Interstate 78 in West Hamburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), of which 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), or 3.96%, is water.[1]


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,124 people, 605 households, and 402 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,272.8 people per square mile (1,640.2/km²). There were 638 housing units at an average density of 1,283.5 per square mile (492.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.84% White, 2.97% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 2.87% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.73% of the population.

There were 604 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 16.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,981, and the median income for a family was $47,917. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $24,083 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,756. About 4.0% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Police force

Currently, Shoemakersville is served by the Pennsylvania State Police - Hamburg Barracks. The borough had its own independent police force from 1924 until June 2006, when it was disbanded by the Borough Council due to funding issues, stemming from a lawsuit brought against the borough by former police chief Ronald L. Yocum.[9]

Former train station

Former train station
  Former services  
Preceding station   SEPTA   Following station
closed 1981
Pottsville Line
R6 Pottsville
closed 1981
toward Pottsville

The SEPTA R6 line once served Shoemakersville. The service ceased in 1981 after all diesel services were cancelled.



  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Shoemakersville borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Shoemaker family of Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania, 1682-1909.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^
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