Adamstown, Pennsylvania

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Adamstown is a borough in Berks and Lancaster counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.[1] The population was 1,203 at the 2000 census. It was initially founded on 4 July 1761 by William Addams on the site of a former village of native Americans, and Addams named the community "Addamsburry". The community was incorporated as a borough on 2 April 1850.[2]

The town promotes itself as the "antiques capital of the United States" because it attracts many antiques dealers and collectors. Adamstown is home to the Stoudt's Brewery, Pennsylvania's first microbrewery, which was established here in 1987.



Adamstown is located at 40°14′30″N 76°3′28″W / 40.24167°N 76.05778°W / 40.24167; -76.05778 (40.241588, -76.057655).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,203 people, 501 households, and 351 families residing in the borough. The population density was 880.7 people per square mile (339.0/km²). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 390.2/sq mi (150.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.09% White, 0.08% African American, 0.25% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 501 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.85.

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