Robeson Township Berks County, PA
A Very Brief History of Robeson Township Robeson Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania was established in 1729, named for either Andrew Robeson, Jr. or his son Israel Robeson. Andrew Robeson, Jr. bought 600 acres of land in 1716 in what would become Robeson Township. He never lived on this land, but his son Israel did. This 600 acre tract of land is bounded by present-day Schuylkill River to the North, Cedar Hill Road to the West, the area around Cedar Hill Flowers Corporation to the South and the Robeson Township - Birdsboro Borough municipal boundary line to the East. In the 1700s Robeson Township was home to early European settlers and native Indians who lived peacefully among each other. The early settlers were starting their forges and mills along the many creeks of the township and became very prosperous. trolley In the 1800s came the Schuylkill Canal, Philadelphia & Reading Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad through the northern portion of the township. With them came major changes in the township. Industry became much larger due to the fact that they now had upgraded transportation to ship their products to Reading, Philadelphia, New York or elsewhere. They no longer had to rely on very crude road paths. With more industry came more residents and many one-room schools, churches and hotels were built for the increased population. In 1845 there was a plan to divide the township in half. The southern half would have been renamed Hay Creek Township, but on March 7, 1846, the proposal was rejected. mansion The early 1900s brought the Birdsboro Trolley through the northern portion of the township that ran from Birdsboro to Reading. The demise of the early forges and mills were continuing. Thanks to the Gickersville resident, Sylvester S. Squibb, and others, there were many photographs taken of various aspects of township life at the turn of the century. By the mid-1900s became the demise of the Schuylkill Canal and the Birdsboro Trolley line. The late 1900s brought in many housing developments just about everywhere in the township where there was a farm or open land, but luckily, Robeson Township still has many beautiful farms and open space for us to enjoy while driving the back roads.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,869 people, 2,488 households, and 1,965 families residing in the township. The population density was 202.6 people per square mile (78.2/km²). There were 2,568 housing units at an average density of 75.8/sq mi (29.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.89% White, 0.32% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population. There were 2,488 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.11. Historical population Census Pop. %± 1980 4,729 — 1990 5,954 25.9% 2000 6,869 15.4% 2010 7,216 5.1% Source: US Census Bureau In the township the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males. The median income for a household in the township was $54,395, and the median income for a family was $60,154. Males had a median income of $48,068 versus $28,904 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,550. About 3.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.