Robesonia, Pennsylvania

Robesonia is a borough that is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,061 at the time of the 2010 census.[3]

Robesonia, Pennsylvania
Houses on Penn Avenue
Houses on Penn Avenue
Location of Robesonia in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Location of Robesonia in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Robesonia is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Robesonia in Pennsylvania
Robesonia is located in the United States
Robesonia (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°21′06″N 76°08′12″W / 40.35167°N 76.13667°W / 40.35167; -76.13667
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Land0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
433 ft (132 m)
 • Total2,035
 • Density2,283.95/sq mi (881.97/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)610
FIPS code42-65336

The Robesonia area is served by the Conrad Weiser Area School District and Conrad Weiser High School.

History edit

Once famous for its iron furnaces (c. 1794–1927), the town was founded in 1855 by Henry P. Robeson, who had acquired existing iron manufacturing operations and founded the Robesonia Iron Company in 1845. The Robesonia Furnace Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[4]

The town is now supported by large industry.[citation needed] Several of the largest employers include C&S Wholesale Grocers, a food distributor, Magnatech International, and Snap-On Tools. The town is also known for its Pennsylvania German-style pottery, also sometimes called redware.

Geography edit

Robesonia is located in western Berks County at 40°21′6″N 76°8′12″W / 40.35167°N 76.13667°W / 40.35167; -76.13667 (40.351539, -76.136538).[5] It is surrounded by Heidelberg Township but separate from it.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land. Robesonia has a hot-summer humid continental climate with monthly averages ranging from 29.3 °F in January to 74.2 °F in July.[6] The local hardiness zone is 6b.

Demographics edit

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 2,061 people, 855 households, and 579 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,322 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 92.22% White, 1.00% African American, 1.12% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.42% of the population.

There were 855 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $44,943, and the median income for a family was $52,150. Males had a median income of $35,844 versus $24,141 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,093. About 3.3% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people edit

In popular culture edit

In the ABC Studios television series How to Get Away with Murder, Oliver Hampton is scrolling for a new career position after his current boss Annalise Keating is sent to prison while being framed for the murder of Wes Gibbins, and one of the job postings is for a Junior Web Developer position in Robesonia, Pennsylvania. This takes place in the thirteenth episode of Season 3, "It's War."[9][10]

Transportation edit

US 422 westbound in Robesonia

As of 2007, there were 9.77 miles (15.72 km) of public roads in Robesonia, of which 1.60 miles (2.57 km) were maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and 8.17 miles (13.15 km) were maintained by the borough.[11]

U.S. Route 422 serves Robesonia; it follows Penn Avenue along an east–west alignment through the borough, leading east 11 miles (18 km) to Reading and west 15 miles (24 km) to Lebanon.

References edit

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  2. ^ "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Robesonia borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "How to Get Away with Murder (season 3)", Wikipedia, 2019-10-15, retrieved 2019-11-28
  10. ^ "03x13 - It's War - How to Get Away with Murder Transcripts - Forever Dreaming". Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  11. ^ "Robesonia Borough map" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved March 14, 2023.

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