Borough municipal offices are located at 45 Railroad Street, Kutztown PA 19530; phone: 610-683-6729.
First settled about 1779, Kutztown was incorporated in 1815 from Maxatawny Township. Originally called Coostown, George Coots laid out plans for the town around 1779, having purchased 130 acres from Peter Wentz 24 years earlier. (1755) By 1785 those lots began to sell with Adam Dietrich and Henry Schweier among the first purchasers.
Two borough properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kutztown State University (approximately 10,000 students) originated as the Keystone Normal School in 1886 and, along the way evolved as a State Teachers College (1928), a State College (1960), achieving university status in 1983.