Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

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Schwenksville is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,693 at the 2000 census. It is notable for being located near the site of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. The borough was founded by George Schwenk, whose son served in George Washington's army.

The town was the inspiration for the protagonist in Catherine Gilbert Murdock's novel Dairy Queen (2006).[1]



Schwenksville is located at 40°15′23″N 75°27′54″W / 40.25639°N 75.465°W / 40.25639; -75.465 (40.256418, -75.465012)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it is land and 2.38% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,693 people, 626 households, and 326 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,198.5 people per square mile (1,634.2/km²). There were 662 housing units at an average density of 1,641.7/sq mi (639.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.21% White, 2.84% African American, 1.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

There were 626 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.8% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.91.

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