Mount Penn, Pennsylvania

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Mount Penn is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,076 at the 2009 Census[1]. Mount Penn is also the name of the nearby peak, which is sometimes recognized as the southern end of the Reading Prong mountains.


Mount Penn is located at 40°19′46″N 75°53′26″W / 40.32944°N 75.89056°W / 40.32944; -75.89056 (40.329359, -75.890691),[2] just to the east of the City of Reading.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

Local attractions on the mountain range include the Pagoda and the Fire Tower.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,016 people, 1,278 households, and 829 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,076.8 people per square mile (2,708.1/km²). There were 1,335 housing units at an average density of 3,132.5/sq mi (1,198.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.45% White, 1.06% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.38% of the population.

There were 1,278 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $41,326, and the median income for a family was $47,917. Males had a median income of $40,603 versus $26,890 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,738. About 2.4% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Mount Penn is governed by an elected mayor and seven-member Borough Council. The current mayor is Joshua Nowotarski. The members of council are Thomas Staron, Dennis Swartz, James Cocuzza, Mark Dudash, Scott Hauck, Tony Phyrillas and Cynthia Mitchell.

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