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Bucks County Pennsylvania

DoylestownIt is easy to see why William Penn chose Bucks County as his home when he moved to his newly founded Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1682. The county's picturesque setting makes it ideal for both residents and visitors looking for a quiet escape. There is a little something for everyone throughout Bucks County's 608 square miles of diverse landscapes.

The county consists of three geographic regions: Lower Bucks, Central Bucks and Upper Bucks. Lower Bucks is closest to Philadelphia, about 25 minutes from Center City. Moving west, you'll find Central Bucks, and then Upper Bucks. Although they are all part of the same county, each area varies in resident lifestyles and landscape.

Lower Bucks, also known as the Heritage Region, is highly developed and maintains some of the most affordable communities in the county. Central Bucks, or the Cultural Region, is predominantly suburban with magnificent homes and high property values. It is known for its attractions that exude arts and culture. The rural Upper Bucks (the Lake Region) section features numerous farms and much underdeveloped land.

Bucks County has many desirable locations to put down roots. For instance, take Bensalem Township in Lower Bucks. Bordering Philadelphia with more than 58,000 residents, it has the highest population in the county. Homes in Bensalem tend to be more affordable, as the median 2008 home price was $250,000. Close by, historic Langhorne offers a mix of charming homes with white picket fences and old mansions that boast grand entrances and lovely landscapes. The median 2008 home price in Langhorne was $277,000. You'll find many beautiful buildings that date as far back as the 18th century in Langhorne. It's also home to Sesame Place — a theme park based on the classic PBS kids show Sesame Street — which provides entertainment and education for the little ones and gives them a chance to meet their favorite characters in person.

Lower Bucks also contains the distinguished Council Rock School District. Based in Newtown, a community whose Colonial history is evident in its majestic pre-Revolutionary homes, and covering five municipalities, the school district boasts the most up-to-date technology and facilities. It focuses on a comprehensive and extensive education for all of its students, who regularly score much higher on standardized tests than the national average. Council Rock also has extremely successful athletic and co-curricular programs that give students opportunities to excel outside of the traditional classroom.

Looking for a small-town feel in a Colonial location? Yardley, on the northeastern border of Lower Bucks County, has a downtown district with approximately 200 historic structures. Victorian architecture in many of the homes perpetuates Yardley's old-style charm. Yardley maintains its close-knit community despite the recent development that has seen woodland replaced by new homes. Afton Lake is in the center of town; residents can ice-skate in the winter and fish in the summer. Ducks make their home in Afton Lake — you're certain to see a few bumper stickers on residents' cars that read "I Brake for Ducks in Yardley!"

Heading west into Central Bucks, you'll come across inviting and charming Doylestown, the county seat. Quiet cobblestone side streets have as much personality as Doylestown's main downtown area. You can also find the renowned James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, which holds a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Along the township's main street you'll see specialty shops as well as name-brand favorites.

Nearby, Buckingham Township and Solebury Township are attractive communities with plenty of open space. Streams, farms, hills and forests abound in these communities, creating a breath-taking landscape. In fact, Solebury, which leads the region in land preservation, has a very successful program that uses taxpayer money to purchase conservation easements. The easements allow for the land to be farmed on but restrict anyone, including the owner, from ever developing it. Open space makes real estate in this area increasingly valuable; the median 2008 home sale price was $519,900 in Buckingham and $500,000 in Solebury.

Buckingham Township is home to the acclaimed Peddler's Village, an 18th-century town overflowing with attractions including specialty shops, scenic covered bridges and cozy inns. Winding brick pathways weave through beautifully landscaped grounds in this family-friendly locale, which features numerous festivals throughout the year. New Hope Borough is also a wonderful treasure in this region. Galleries and boutiques abound in the quaint artists' community, and homes are groomed with such style that they look like they belong in a magazine. In warm weather, you can ride canal boats in the Delaware Canal or watch Revolutionary War reenactments on Independence Day.

Rural Upper Bucks, in the westernmost portion of the county, is known for its picturesque countryside. A majority of the land is virtually untouched and will likely remain so due to natural resource restrictions. Property in Upper Bucks is among the most valuable real estate in the county. Quakertown Borough, the economic hub of Upper Bucks, is a delightful community about an hour from Center City Philadelphia.

Many people live and work in Bucks County. It is a county of diversified small businesses, but conditions are prime for larger companies to set up shop. Extensive economic development has taken place recently, particularly in Lower Bucks along the Delaware River. Old industrial sites have been rehabbed and many have been identified as Keystone Opportunity Zones, offering tax abatements to new business tenants. AE Polysilicon, Gamesa and Socom Osstem Inc. are all prominent businesses that have recently opened facilities in Bucks County.

With so much to brag about, it is easy to see why Bucks County is the second fastest growing county in southeastern Pennsylvania. It is a county of contrasts: agriculture and industry, quiet suburbs and bustling towns, protected open space and new construction, preservation and revitalization. From cities to suburbs to farms, from Lower to Central to Upper, you're sure to find a place in Bucks County that you can call home.

RESOURCES

POPULATION
621,643

BUCKS COUNTY WEB SITE
www.buckscounty.org

COUNTY GOVERNMENT
215-348-6000

COUNTY SEAT
55 E. Court St.
Doylestown, PA 18901

LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPERS

Bucks County Courier Times
8400 Rt. 13
Levittown, PA 19057
215-949-4000
www.couriertimesonline.com

The Intelligencer
333 N. Broad St., Box 858
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-345-3050
www.intelligenceronline.com

BUCKS COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit
705 No. Shady Retreat Rd.
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-2940
www.bucksiu.org

MAIN LIBRARY

Bucks County Free Library
150 S. Pine St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-9081
www.buckslib.org
There are six additional libraries within the Bucks County Free Library System as well as 12 community public libraries.

REALTORS

Bucks County Association of Realtors, Inc.
1452 Old York Rd.
Warminster, PA 18974
215-956-9176
www.bucksrealtor.com

HOSPITALS & HOUSING INFO

For a listing of Hospital Systems located in Bucks County see the Medical Services Section ?" Greater Philadelphia Hospital Systems.

Click here for Housing Information and Related Figures.

 
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