If there's one thing Hatboro residents are known for, it's being proud of their hometown. Not only is there plenty to do near Hatboro - it's located just 19 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from Manhattan - but the borough of Montgomery County offers its residents plenty to do right in their own backyards. As an involved, friendly community, Hatboro has a stuffed activity calendar that is perfect for families looking to live a small-town lifestyle within driving distance to metropolitan areas.
People and families looking for apartments in Hatboro can join a population of approximately 7,400 residents residing within 1.4 square miles, many of whom know each other's names and see at the borough's community events.
Despite its small size, Hatboro has played an important role in some of the most important chapters of American history. Hatboro's first resident, John Dawson - fittingly, a hatter from England - came to the area in 1715 and built a home that became known as the Crooked Billet Inn. The village was then called Billet, then later Hatborough in 1740. The small farming village consisted of 15 homes alongside a stage coach route between Philadelphia and New York, but education in the area has always been a priority.
However, Hatboro also played roles in the Revolutionary War, starting when George Washington and his officers ate dinner at the Crooked Billet Tavern in the summer of 1777, and then bought grain from a mill that is now known as the Old Mill Inn. Popular legend says that the Revolutionary War soldiers wore hats made in Hatboro.
The Revolutionary War Battle of Crooked Billet was fought in Hatboro on May 1, 1778. While British soldiers occupied Philadelphia, the militia in Hatboro was surprised by British troops and defeated in the battle. A battle monument can be found outside the Crooked Billet Elementary School.
Because the borough of Hatboro is quite small, many of its residents commute to other areas and find work. The top employers in Montgomery County include Main Line Health Systems, Abington Health, Lockheed Martin, Holy Redeemer Health Systems, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Aetna, Prudential, SunGard and Teva Pharmaceuticals. The top 16 employers in the area provide jobs for approximately 48,000 local residents.
People looking for Hatboro apartments can easily commute to higher education campuses and facilities, as there are 29 colleges and universities within a 29-mile radius to Hatboro. The Hatboro-Horsham provides quality educational opportunities for adult evening classes and K-12 schooling for children living in the borough.
Hatboro may be a small community, but its residents know what a good spot they live in. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that residents' average income is more than $65,000 - more than $15,700 more than the average income in the state of Pennsylvania. Property value has increased in recent years, hitting approximately $254,000 in 2009 from $134,900 in 2000.
Hatboro seems like the idea place to raise a family, and renting can be an affordable option for many, as the median gross rent is approximately $902.l
Borough residents can count on the Hatboro government to create a jam-packed social calendar to keep them busy throughout the months and seasons. From lobster boils, golf outings, summer carnivals, car shows, an annual HatOtober and Fire & Ice Festivals, there are plenty of opportunities for people to have fun close to home. Who says you have to travel to Philadelphia or New York for a good time, anyway?
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