Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Bucks County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 625,249,[2] making it the fourth-most populous county in Pennsylvania and the 99th-most populous county in the United States. The county seat is Doylestown.[3] The county is named after the English county of Buckinghamshire or more precisely, its shortname.

Bucks County constitutes part of the northern boundary of the PhiladelphiaCamdenWilmington, PA–NJDEMD Metropolitan Statistical Area, more commonly known as the Delaware Valley. It is located immediately northeast of Philadelphia and forms part of the southern tip of the eastern state border.

Bucks County, Pennsylvania
County of Pennsylvania
County of Bucks
Bucks Courthouse
Bucks County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bucks County

Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
FoundedNovember 1682
Named forBuckinghamshire
SeatDoylestown
Largest townshipBensalem
Area
 • Total622 sq mi (1,611 km2)
 • Land604 sq mi (1,564 km2)
 • Water18 sq mi (47 km2), 2.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)628,341
 • Density1,039/sq mi (401/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.buckscounty.org
Footnotes:
DesignatedOctober 29, 1982[1]
Interactive map of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

History

Founding

Mercer Museum
The Mercer Museum in Doylestown Borough

Bucks County is one of the three original counties created by colonial proprietor William Penn in 1682. Penn named the county after Buckinghamshire, the county where he lived in England. He built a country estate called Pennsbury Manor in Falls Township, Bucks County.

Some places in Bucks County were named after locations in Buckinghamshire, including Buckingham Township, named after the county town of Buckinghamshire; Chalfont, named after Chalfont St Giles, the parish home of William Penn's first wife and the location of the Jordans Quaker Meeting House, where Penn is buried; Solebury Township, named after Soulbury, England; and Wycombe, named after the town of High Wycombe.

Bucks County was originally much larger than it is today. Northampton County was formed in 1752 from part of Bucks County, and Lehigh County was formed in 1812 from part of Northampton County.

Revolutionary War

General George Washington and his troops camped in Bucks County as they prepared to cross the Delaware River to take Trenton, New Jersey, by surprise on the morning of December 26, 1776. Their successful attack on Britain's Hessian forces was a turning point in the American War of Independence. The town of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania and Washington Crossing Historic Park were named to commemorate the event.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 604 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (2.8%) is water.[4]

The southern third of the county between Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey, often called Lower Bucks, resides in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, and is flat and near sea level, and the county's most populated and industrialized area. Bucks County shares a western border with Montgomery County, and also borders Philadelphia to the southwest, and Northampton and Lehigh Counties to the north. From north to south, it is linked to Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer and Burlington Counties in New Jersey by bridges.

Tohickon Creek and Neshaminy Creek are the largest tributaries of the Delaware in Bucks County. Tohickon Creek empties into the river at Point Pleasant and Neshaminy at Croydon (Bristol Township).

Adjacent counties

Climate

Relatively speaking, Bucks County experiences warm/hot and humid summers with chilly/cold and somewhat snowy winters. Episodes of high humidity (dew point >= 70 °F) occur every year during or close to the summer months, very occasionally reaching extreme (dew point >= 75 °F) levels. When high humidity combines with air temperatures in the mid-upper 90's, dangerous heat index values of >= 105 °F can sometimes result. Winter minimum air temperatures occasionally fall into the single digits to slightly below 0 °F. When the coldest temperatures combine with higher winds, wind chill values can sometimes plummet below 0 °F to as cold as -20 °F. Spring and fall are comparatively tranquil. The climate cools as one moves from the lower elevation, dense suburban areas in southern Bucks County, to the higher elevation, rural areas of northern Bucks. Precipitation is fairly well-distributed throughout the year. The average seasonal snowfall, which can potentially occur from as early as October to as late as April, is around 2 feet in extreme southern Bucks, and around 3 feet in the highest elevations of far northern Bucks. The fall foliage season typically peaks in mid-October in northern Bucks, mid-late October in central Bucks, and late-October/early-November in southern Bucks. These dates correlate with the typical date of first freeze. Peak spring foliage usually occurs during the month of April, which correlates with the typical date of last freeze.

Bucks County has four distinct seasons and has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) except for some far southern lowlands including Bristol which have a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). The hardiness zones are 6b and 7a.

Monthly climatic averages (1981 - 2010) for Quakertown, upper Bucks County, PA (elevation 497 feet).

QUAKERTOWN JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC ANN
AVG MAX TEMP 37.6 °F 40.9 °F 49.5 °F 61.6 °F 71.7 °F 80.2 °F 84.1 °F 82.5 °F 75.8 °F 64.2 °F 53.1 °F 41.6 °F 61.9 °F
AVG MIN TEMP 20.1 °F 22.0 °F 28.9 °F 38.7 °F 48.2 °F 57.7 °F 62.6 °F 61.0 °F 53.0 °F 41.6 °F 33.1 °F 24.8 °F 41.0 °F
AVG DEW POINT 19.9 °F 21.5 °F 27.0 °F 36.7 °F 47.7 °F 58.8 °F 63.0 °F 62.6 °F 55.8 °F 44.0 °F 34.4 °F 24.9 °F 41.4 °F
AVG PRECIP 3.49" 2.83" 3.71" 4.08" 4.33" 4.35" 4.82" 3.88" 4.59" 4.35" 3.78" 4.06" 48.27"

Monthly climatic averages (1981 - 2010) for Doylestown, central Bucks County, PA (elevation 416 feet).

DOYLESTOWN JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC ANN
AVG MAX TEMP 39.0 °F 42.3 °F 50.6 °F 62.5 °F 72.5 °F 81.3 °F 85.4 °F 83.7 °F 76.9 °F 65.5 °F 54.5 °F 43.1 °F 63.1 °F
AVG MIN TEMP 21.6 °F 23.9 °F 30.7 °F 40.2 °F 49.6 °F 59.3 °F 64.3 °F 62.8 °F 55.0 °F 43.0 °F 34.7 °F 26.3 °F 42.6 °F
AVG DEW POINT 20.6 °F 22.0 °F 27.5 °F 37.2 °F 48.2 °F 59.1 °F 63.3 °F 62.9 °F 56.5 °F 44.8 °F 35.1 °F 25.5 °F 41.9 °F
AVG PRECIP 3.25" 2.63" 3.73" 3.92" 4.35" 4.32" 5.01" 4.05" 4.46" 4.21" 3.64" 3.91" 47.48"

Monthly climatic averages (1981 - 2010) for Bristol, lower Bucks County, PA (elevation 17 feet).

BRISTOL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC ANN
AVG MAX TEMP 40.8 °F 44.0 °F 52.1 °F 64.0 °F 73.5 °F 82.7 °F 86.8 °F 85.2 °F 78.5 °F 67.2 °F 56.4 °F 45.2 °F 64.7 °F
AVG MIN TEMP 24.4 °F 26.0 °F 32.5 °F 41.8 °F 50.9 °F 60.7 °F 65.7 °F 64.4 °F 57.0 °F 45.4 °F 37.1 °F 28.7 °F 44.6 °F
AVG DEW POINT 22.2 °F 23.2 °F 28.5 °F 38.2 °F 49.0 °F 59.5 °F 64.2 °F 63.7 °F 57.3 °F 46.0 °F 36.2 °F 26.9 °F 42.9 °F
AVG PRECIP 3.60" 2.71" 4.29" 3.82" 4.18" 4.17" 4.96" 4.37" 3.98" 3.70" 3.40" 3.90" 47.08"

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
179025,216
180027,4969.0%
181032,37117.7%
182037,84216.9%
183045,74520.9%
184048,1075.2%
185056,09116.6%
186063,57813.3%
187064,3361.2%
188068,6566.7%
189070,6152.9%
190071,1900.8%
191076,5307.5%
192082,4767.8%
193096,72717.3%
1940107,71511.4%
1950144,62034.3%
1960308,567113.4%
1970410,05632.9%
1980479,21116.9%
1990541,17412.9%
2000597,63510.4%
2010625,2494.6%
Est. 2017628,341[5]0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2017[2]

As of the 2010 census, there were 625,249 people. The population density was 1,034.7 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 86.6% White non-Hispanic, 3.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.1% Asian (2.1% Indian, 1.1% Chinese, 0.7% Korean, 0.5% Filipino, 0.3% Vietnamese, 0.1% Japanese, 0.4% other Asian) 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% were of two or more races, and 1.5% were of other races. 4.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 218,725 households, and 160,981 families residing in the county. There were 225,498 housing units at an average density of 371 per square mile (143/km²). 20.1% were of German, 19.1% Irish, 14.0% Italian, 7.5% English and 5.9% Polish ancestry.

There were 218,725 households, out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $59,727, and the median income for a family is $68,727. Males had a median income of $46,587 versus $31,984 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,430. About 3.10% of families and 4.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.80% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.

Like the rest of the Philadelphia region, Bucks County has experienced a rapid increase of immigrants since the 2000 census. Known for its very large and established Eastern European population, most notably the Russian community, but also for its Ukrainian and Polish communities, Bucks County is now seeing a rapid surge of other immigrant groups. A 2005 population estimate of Bucks showed that the Indian American and Mexican American populations had already doubled since 2000. Bucks County is one of only two counties in Pennsylvania where Mexicans are the largest Hispanic community, the other being Montgomery County. Bucks County also is home to large and very prominent Roman Catholic and Jewish populations.

Population growth

The 2013 population estimate of Bucks County Pennsylvania was 626,976. This ranked the county fourth in the state, well behind (more than 10%) the counties of Philadelphia with 1,553,165 (247% of Bucks), Allegheny with 1,231,527 (196%), Montgomery with 812,376 (130%), and well ahead of Delaware with 561,973 (89.6%).[2]

Growth began in the early 1950s, when William Levitt chose Bucks County for his second "Levittown". Levitt bought hundreds of acres of woodlands and farmland, and constructed 17,000 homes and dozens of schools, parks, libraries, and shopping centers. By the time the project ended, the population of Levittown had swelled to almost 74,000 residents. At the time, only whites could buy homes. This rule however, was soon overturned. Other planned developments included Croydon and Fairless Hills. This rapid sprawl continued until the mid-1960s.

In the 1970s, a second growth spurt began. This time, developers took land in townships that were mostly untouched. These included Middletown, Lower Makefield Township, Northampton Township and Newtown Township. Tract housing, office complexes, shopping centers, and sprawling parking lots continued to move more and more towards Upper Bucks, swallowing horse farms, sprawling forests, and wetlands. At this time, the Oxford Valley Mall was constructed in Middletown, which would become the business nucleus of the county.

Growth has somewhat stabilized since the 1990s, with smaller increases and less development. However, the main reason for this is not a lack of population growth, but loss of land. Lower Bucks now lacks large parcels of land to develop. Smaller residential and commercial projects must now be constructed. However, redevelopment of existing building sites is now a leading coalition in Lower Bucks. Many areas along the Delaware River have surpluses of abandoned industry, so many municipalities have granted building rights to luxury housing developers. Also, as the regions that began the suburban boom in Bucks, such as Levittown, begin to reach their 50th anniversaries, many commercial strips and other neglected structures are being torn down to be replaced with new shopping plazas and commercial chains. Also, with rising property values, areas with older construction are undergoing a renaissance. At the same time, Central and Upper Bucks are still seeing rapid growth, with many municipalities doubling their populations.

Economy

LevittownPA
Levittown, aerial view, circa 1959

The boroughs of Bristol and Morrisville were prominent industrial centers along the Northeast Corridor during World War II. Suburban development accelerated in Lower Bucks in the 1950s with the opening of Levittown, Pennsylvania, the second such "Levittown" designed by William Levitt.

Among Bucks' largest employers in the twentieth century were U.S. Steel in Falls Township, and the Vulcanized Rubber & Plastics and Robertson Tile companies in Morrisville. Rohm and Haas continues to operate several chemical plants around Bristol. Waste Management operates a landfill in Tullytown that is the largest receptacle of out-of-state waste in the USA (receiving much of New York City's waste following the closure of Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, NY 40 miles (64 km) away).

Bucks is also experiencing rapid growth in biotechnology, along with neighboring Montgomery County. The Greater Philadelphia area has become the second largest area of biotechnology in the United States, only behind Boston. It recently pushed San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to lower rankings. It is projected by 2020 that one out of four people in Bucks County will work in biotechnology.[11]

List of notable Bucks County businesses

Tourism

Schofield Ford Covered Bridge
Bucks County is home to a number of covered bridges, 10 of which are still open to highway traffic and two others (situated in parks) are open to non-vehicular traffic. Shown here is the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge over the Neshaminy Creek in Tyler State Park.

Another important asset of the county is tourism. The county's northern regions (colloquially referred to as Upper Bucks) are renowned for their natural scenery, farmland, colonial history, and proximity to major urban areas (particularly Philadelphia, but New York City, Allentown, Reading and Atlantic City are also within a two-hour radius).

Bucks County is home to ten covered bridges that are still open to vehicular traffic. Two other bridges, both located in parks, are open only to non-vehicular traffic. All Bucks County bridges use the Town truss design. The Schofield Ford Bridge, in Tyler State Park, was reconstructed in 1997 from the ground up after arsonists destroyed the original in 1991.[12]

Popular attractions in Bucks County include the shops and studios of New Hope, Peddler's Village (in Lahaska), Washington Crossing Historic Park, New Hope and Ivyland Railroad, and Bucks County River Country. Rice's Market near Lahaska is a popular destination on Tuesday mornings. Quakertown Farmer's Market (locally called "Q-Mart") is a popular shopping destination on weekends. The county seat of Doylestown is also home to several points of interest for tourists, and also is home to Fordhook Farms, the famous trial farm of the Warminster-based Burpee Seeds, which also serves as a bed & breakfast inn. Doylestown also has the trifecta of concrete structures built by Henry Chapman Mercer, including the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, the Mercer Museum and Fonthill, Mercer's personal home.

New Hope & Ivyland 40
New Hope and Ivyland Railroad

Southern Bucks (colloquially referred to as Lower Bucks) is home to two important shopping malls, Neshaminy Mall and Oxford Valley Mall, and Sesame Place, a family theme park based on the Sesame Street television series. Also within Lower Bucks County is Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, a casino and thoroughbred horse racing track. The casino was built on the grounds of what was originally Philadelphia Park Racetrack. The complex includes the throughbred horse racing track, expansive casino, a dance club, numerous dining options, and the Xcite Center.

Education

Colleges and universities

Map of Bucks County Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public school districts

The Bucks County public schools listed above are served by a regional educational service agency called the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 located in the county seat of Doylestown.

Public charter schools

There are 11 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K–12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.

  • Bucks County Montessori Charter School
  • Center Student Learning Charter School – Pennsbury
  • School Lane Charter School

Private schools

Community, junior and technical colleges

Arts and culture

Fine and performing arts

Many artists and writers based in New York City have called Bucks County home, settling mainly in the small stretch between Doylestown and New Hope and along the Delaware River. Notable residents have included Margaret Mead, Pearl S. Buck, Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, Charlie Parker, Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, James Michener, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Stan and Jan Berenstain, Daniel Garber, Alfred Bester, Annie Haslam, and Jean Toomer. Bucks County has been the home of writer/musician James McBride, writer Eric Knight, Academy Award-winning film composer Joe Renzetti, musician Gene Ween of Ween, painter Christopher Wajda, photographer Michael Barone, and furniture designer George Nakashima. James Gould Cozzens lived in Lambertville, New Jersey, just across the river from Bucks County, and used Doylestown as the model for the setting of two novels; he is considered a Bucks County artist. Allen Saalburg relocated to Bucks County in 1947, and named his press after the canal.[14]

The county boasts many local theater companies, including the long-established and recently reopened Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Town and Country Players in Buckingham, ActorsNET in Morrisville, and the Bristol Riverside Theatre, a professional Equity theater in Bristol. The Bucks County Symphony, founded in 1953, performs in Doylestown throughout the year.

The Wild River Review, an online magazine that publishes in-depth reporting, works of literature, art, visual art, reviews, interviews, and columns by and about contemporary artists, photographers, and writers, is based out of Doylestown.

Literature

The seemingly autobiographical novel The Fires of Spring by James Michener takes place in and around Doylestown.

Popular culture

Alecia Moore, more commonly known as Pink, was born in Doylestown, as was motion picture writer and director Stefan Avalos. Three American Idol contestants live in Bucks County: Justin Guarini, who was born in Atlanta, but moved to Bucks County; Jordan White, who was born in Cranford, New Jersey and moved to Bucks County, and Anthony Fedorov, who was born in Ukraine and was from Trevose, in Lower Southampton Township. Singer/actress Irene Molloy and classical tenor David Gordon were born in Doylestown. Musician Asher Roth was born in Morrisville. The Tony Award-winning Broadway play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is set in the county.

Film

M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 film Signs, starring Mel Gibson, was filmed and takes place in Bucks County. The town scenes were filmed on State Street in Newtown Borough, and the drugstore scene was filmed at Burns' Pharmacy on Pennsylvania Avenue in Morrisville. The house was built on farmland privately owned and leased to Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township. A stage set for some interior shots was created in a warehouse on State Road in Bensalem Township. Shyamalan's film Lady in the Water was shot across the street from the Bloomsdale section of Bristol Township. In addition, Shyamalan's 2008 film, The Happening, was filmed in Upper Bucks County, including Plumsteadville.[15][16]

With the exception of the footage filmed in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, all of The Last Broadcast was shot in Bucks County (though the name was changed).

A short scene from Stephen King's The Stand is based in Pipersville.

The producer Fred Bauer, the director Steve Rash and composer Joseph Renzetti of The Buddy Holly Story all live in Bucks County, where the film was conceived, and written by Bob Gittler.

Although filmed in California, one of Steven Spielberg's earliest films, Something Evil, is set in Bucks County.

The film Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, was filmed partially in New Hope.[17]

The NBC pilot episode for Outlaw, starring Jimmy Smits, filmed in the Andalusia section of Bensalem Township March 22–23, 2010.[18][19]

The feature film The Discoverers[20] was filmed in a variety of locations in Bucks County, including Croydon, Bristol, Newtown, New Hope, and Tyler State Park.[20][21]

The Central Bucks West football team was followed during the 1999 season for the documentary The Last Game. It was directed by T. Patrick Murray and Alex Weinress.[22]

The County Fair scene in Charlotte's Web was filmed at the Southampton Days fair in Southampton, Bucks County.

The majority of the independent Titanic film The Last Signals by Tom Lynskey was filmed in Bucks County.[23]

The 1942 film George Washington Slept Here was set chiefly in Bucks County, although most of the filming took place in the studio.

Safe, starring Jason Statham, filmed at the Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem Township.[24]

Bucks County has been mentioned multiple times on the popular Freeform TV series Pretty Little Liars.

Media

Local publications include Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, The Advance of Bucks County, Bucks County Herald, Bucks Happening, Bucks County Town and Country Living, Radius Magazine, Yardley Voice, Morrisville Times, Newtown Gazette, Northampton Herald, Langhorne Ledger, Lower Southampton Spirit, New Hope News, Doylestown Observer, Warwick Journal, Fairless Focus.

Sports

Rugby league

The Bucks County Sharks rugby league team played in the AMNRL from 1997 to 2010 season.[25] They returned to play in the AMNRL in 2011, until the league's fold in 2014, when they subsequently joined the USARL.[26]

Little League

The county has a considerable history of producing Little League baseball contenders. Since its inception in 1947, four of the seven Pennsylvania teams to compete in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania have come from Bucks County: Morrisville (1955), Levittown American (1960 and 1961), and Council Rock-Newtown (2005). Two of these squads, Morrisville and Levittown (1960), went on to win the World Series title. In 2007, Council Rock Northampton won the PA State championship, and lost in the finals of regionals.

PIAA

The county is a part of PIAA's District I, and has seen many schools capture multiple state titles.

American Legion Baseball

In 1996, Yardley Western Post 317 won the American Legion National Championship.

Bristol Legion Post 382 recently won the 2011 American Legion State Championship.

Horse racing

Parks and recreation

Pennsylvania state parks

Neshaminy Creek in Tyler State Park
Neshaminy Creek in Tyler State Park

There are six commonwealth-owned parks in Bucks County:

County parks

Lake Galena in Peace Valley Park from dam
Lake Galena in Peace Valley Park

Historic properties

Pennsbury Manor 01
Pennsbury Manor

County recreation sites

  • Frosty Hollow Tennis Center
  • Core Creek Tennis Center
  • Oxford Valley Golf Course
  • Oxford Valley Pool
  • Tohickon Valley Pool
  • Weisel Hostel
  • Peace Valley Boat Rental
  • Core Creek Boat Rental

County Nature Centers

Transportation

Airports

Public transportation

Major highways

Politics and government

As of January 2010, there were 430,557 registered voters in Bucks County.[30]

Like most of the Philadelphia suburbs, Bucks County was once a stronghold for the Republican Party. However, in recent years it has become more of a swing county, like Pennsylvania at large. In presidential elections, Bucks has been swept up in the overall Democratic trend that has swept the Philadelphia area, although the trend in Bucks has been somewhat less pronounced than in Delaware and Montgomery. It has gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1992.

Until recently, Republicans still held most local offices. However, after Democratic gains in the 2018 elections, Republicans hold all but four state house seats covering portions of the county, while the Democrats and Republicans hold two state senate seats each. The Democrats and Republicans each hold four of the row offices. As in most suburban Philadelphia counties, Republicans tend to be conservative on fiscal matters and moderate on social and environmental matters.

All four statewide winners (Barack Obama for President, Rob McCord for Treasurer, Jack Wagner for Auditor General, and Tom Corbett for Attorney General) carried Bucks in November 2008. Earlier in 2008, Democrats took a plurality of registered voters. The GOP statewide candidates in the 2010 midterms, Tom Corbett for Governor and Pat Toomey for Senate, both won Bucks.

Bucks County is represented in U.S. Congress by Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district, (map) formerly numbered as the 8th District. While concerns about gerrymandering are on the rise, the 1st District remains one of the few districts in the United States that is almost fully encompassed by a single county. In order to comply with population requirements, the Bucks County-dominated 1st Congressional district also includes slightly over 100,000 residents in the Hatboro-Horsham area of Montgomery County.

The executive government is run by a three-seat board of commissioners, one member of which serves as chairperson. Commissioners are elected through at-large voting and serve four-year terms. In cases of vacancy, a panel of county judges appoints members to fill seats. The current commissioners are Charles H. Martin (R) (Chairman), Robert G. Loughery (R) (Vice-Chairman), and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia (D). The current terms expire in January 2016.[31]

In 2012, four county employees were sentenced for compensating public employees for political work.[32]

In the 2016 elections, Democrats Hillary Clinton (President), Josh Shapiro (Attorney General), and Joe Torsella (State Treasurer) won Bucks County while Republicans Pat Toomey (U.S. Senate), Brian Fitzpatrick (U.S. Representative), and John Brown (Auditor General) won Bucks County in theirs.[33]

County commissioners

  • Charles Martin, Chairman, Republican
  • Robert G. Loughery, Republican
  • Diane Ellis-Marseglia, Democratic

Other county offices

State Senate

State House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

Communities

Map of Bucks County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The most populous borough in the county is Morrisville with 10,023 as of the 2000 census. The following boroughs and townships are located in Bucks County:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Unincorporated communities

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Historic Communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Bucks County.[34]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Levittown CDP 52,983
2 Croydon CDP 9,950
3 Bristol Borough 9,726
4 Quakertown Borough 8,979
5 Morrisville Borough 8,728
6 Perkasie Borough 8,511
7 Fairless Hills CDP 8,466
8 Doylestown Borough 8,380
9 Richboro CDP 6,563
10 Telford (lies partially in Montgomery County) Borough 4,872
11 Sellersville Borough 4,249
12 Churchville CDP 4,128
13 Warminster Heights CDP 4,124
14 Chalfont Borough 4,009
15 Village Shires CDP 3,949
16 Woodbourne CDP 3,851
17 Brittany Farms-The Highlands CDP 3,695
18 Newtown Grant CDP 3,620
19 Trevose CDP 3,550
20 New Britain Borough 3,152
21 Feasterville CDP 3,074
22 Plumsteadville CDP 2,637
23 New Hope Borough 2,528
24 Yardley Borough 2,434
25 Woodside CDP 2,425
26 Penndel Borough 2,328
27 Newtown Borough 2,248
28 Dublin Borough 2,158
29 Eddington CDP 1,906
30 Tullytown Borough 1,872
31 Spinnerstown CDP 1,826
32 Langhorne Borough 1,622
33 Langhorne Manor Borough 1,442
34 Cornwells Heights CDP 1,391
35 Richlandtown Borough 1,327
36 Ivyland Borough 1,041
37 Hulmeville Borough 1,003
38 Trumbauersville Borough 974
39 Milford Square CDP 897
40 Silverdale Borough 871
41 Riegelsville Borough 868

Notable people

Official seal

The traditional seal of Bucks County, Pennsylvania takes its design from the inspiration of the county's founder, William Penn. The center of the seal consists of a shield from the Penn family crest with a tree above and a flowering vine surrounding it in symmetric flanks. The seal has a gold-colored background and a green band denoting Penn as the county's first proprietor and governor. In 1683, Penn's council decreed that a tree and vine be incorporated into the emblem to signify the county's abundance of woods. The seal was used in its official capacity until the Revolutionary War. The county government has since used the official Pennsylvania state seal for official documents. Today, the Bucks County seal's use is largely ceremonial. It appears on county stationery and vehicles as a symbol of the county's heritage. The gold emblem is also the centerpiece of the official Bucks County flag, which has a blue background and gold trim.

See also

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Bedminster Center, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Bedminster Center was a hamlet near the center of Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on the road from the village of Bedminster to the Deep Run Presbyterian Church a short distance from the village. Possible location is the intersection of Center School Road and Bedminster Road.

Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Bristol Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 54,582 at the 2010 census, making it the 13th largest municipality in the state. Bristol Township, along with Bristol Borough, is a cultural hub for Lower Bucks County, hosting celebrations of African and Latino heritage. Parts of the township consist of the neighborhoods of Fairless Hills and Levittown, Pennsylvania.

Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Falls Township is a Suburban Philadelphia township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 34,300 at the 2010 census. Portions of Fairless Hills and Levittown, Pennsylvania, are located in the township. Portions of Falls Township are called Morrisville and Yardley, due to the location of the Morrisville Post Office outside the Borough of Morrisville in Falls Township.

Ferndale, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Ferndale is an unincorporated community in Nockamixon Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Ferndale is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 611 and Church Hill Road/Center Hill Road.

Forest Grove, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Forest Grove is an unincorporated community in Buckingham Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Forest Grove is located at the intersection of Forest Grove Road and Lower Mountain Road.

Highland Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Highland Park is a populated place situated in West Rockhill Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It has an estimated elevation of 397 feet (121 m) above sea level.

Loux Corner, Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Loux Corner (or Louxs Corner) is a populated place of 5 or 6 houses in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Formerly, it was known as Albrights Corner.

Mechanicsville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Mechanicsville is an unincorporated community in Buckingham Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Mechanicsville is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 413 and Mechanicsville Road.

Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Middletown Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 45,436 at the 2010 census. Many sections of Levittown, Pennsylvania, are located in the southern end of the township. The municipality surrounds the boroughs of Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Penndel and Hulmeville; much of the township beyond Levittown uses Langhorne, Pennsylvania as a mailing address.

Also located within the township is Core Creek Park. The township also has many acres of protected woods, the largest being the woods behind Neshaminy High School. The Neshaminy Creek flows through these woods. There are also a few protected farms, significantly that of Styer's Orchards, which was saved from turning into the site of 632 homes in the late 1990s.

Sesame Place is located in Middletown Township.

Mount Pleasant, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Mount Pleasant is an unincorporated community in Hilltown Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Mount Pleasant is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 152 and Hilltown Pike.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on National Register of Historic Places in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a map.There are 160 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including 12 National Historic Landmarks. Another 3 sites were once listed on the Register but have since been removed.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted February 8, 2019.

New Britain Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

New Britain Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 11,070 at the 2010 census.

Newtown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Newtown Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 19,299 at the 2010 census (a predicted 19,720 in 2016).

Newville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Newville is an unincorporated community in New Britain Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Newville is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 152 and New Galena Road.

Northampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Northampton Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States, about 12 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The population was 39,726 at the 2010 census.

Pleasant Valley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Pleasant Valley is an unincorporated community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Springfield Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,035 at the 2010 census.

Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Warminster Township (also referred to as Warminster) is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States and was formally established in 1711. It is 13.7 miles north of Philadelphia and had a population of 32,682 according to the 2010 U.S. census.

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Washington Crossing Historic Park is a 500-acre (2 km²) state park operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in partnership with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. The park is divided into two sections. One section of the park, the "lower park," is headquartered in the village of Washington Crossing located in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It marks the location of where George Washington crossed the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War.

The lower park includes 13 historic buildings including McConkey's Ferry Inn, where General George Washington and his aides ate dinner and made plans prior to the crossing. Among the historic buildings is a 20th-century barn that houses 5 replica Durham Boats. Durham boats were large, open boats that were used to transport pig iron along the Delaware River at the time of the Revolution and these boats, along with the ferries and others, were used to transport soldiers, horses, and equipment across the river on the night of December 25–26, 1776. The replica boats are used each Christmas when the famous crossing is re-enacted in the park.

Located 4.5 miles away in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is the park's northern section, the "upper park." In its 100-acre area it contains (0.4 km²) Bowman's Hill Tower and the Thompson-Neely House, which was used as a military hospital during Washington's encampment in the area, and the graves of an estimated 40 to 60 soldiers who died there. The exact location of the graves is unknown, though they were partially unearthed during the construction of the nearby Delaware Canal in the early 19th century and during other nearby construction projects. Presently there are 23 memorial headstones as a reminder that the area is a gravesite.

The lower park contains a visitor's center, which was renovated from July 2011 to March 2013. The newly renovated visitor's center was opened March 10, 2013. It features a small exhibition with some Revolutionary war artifacts, and an original letter written by George Washington while in the Mckonkey's Ferry Inn. The park also has obtained a full size digital copy of Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that is hanging in the auditorium.

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