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There were , households, out of which The average household size was 2. In the county, the population was spread out with The median age was 38 years. For every females there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Like the rest of the Philadelphia region, Bucks County has experienced a rapid increase of immigrants since the 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 population estimate of Bucks showed that the Indian American and Mexican American populations had already doubled since 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.
The population estimate of Bucks County Pennsylvania was , Levitt bought hundreds of acres of woodlands and farmland, and constructed 17, 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, 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 mids. In the s, a second growth spurt began. This time, developers took land in townships that were mostly untouched. 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 s, 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. Suburban development accelerated in Lower Bucks in the s with the opening of Levittown, Pennsylvania , the second such "Levittown" designed by William Levitt.
Among Bucks' largest employers in the twentieth century were U. Rohm and Haas continues to operate several chemical plants around Bristol. 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. It is projected by that one out of four people in Bucks County will work in biotechnology. 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 from the ground up after arsonists destroyed the original in 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.
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. 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.
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.
There are 11 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K— Notable residents have included Margaret Mead , Pearl S. 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 , and named his press after the canal. The Bucks County Symphony, founded in , 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. 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: Musician Asher Roth was born 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. It was directed by T.
Patrick Murray and Alex Weinress. The film George Washington Slept Here was set chiefly in Bucks County, although most of the filming took place in the studio. The county has a considerable history of producing Little League baseball contenders. Since its inception in , four of the seven Pennsylvania teams to compete in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania have come from Bucks County: Two of these squads, Morrisville and Levittown , went on to win the World Series title.
There are six commonwealth -owned parks in Bucks County:. As of January , there were , registered voters in Bucks County. 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 Until recently, Republicans still held most local offices. However, after Democratic gains in the 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.
Earlier in , Democrats took a plurality of registered voters. Bucks County is represented in U. 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 , 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. The current terms expire in January