Introduction to Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in Bucks county, is 16 miles NE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The township is situated along the Delaware River and includes numerous distinct communities. The city is home to the headquarters of Charming Shoppes, a Fortune 1000 company. Four major transportation arteries run through Bensalem. The region features numerous historic buildings, notable covered bridges and picturesque scenery.

Bensalem History

The township was established primarily by the Dutch, the English and the Swedes. George Washington crossed the Delaware River from Bucks County in order to enter Trenton New Jersey and attack the Hessian army. It was a major event during the American War of Independence.

Bensalem Attractions

  • Philadelphia Park Racetrack is located in Bensalem and offers thoroughbred horse racing
  • Neshaminy Mall is a popular shopping destination
  • Growden Mansion is a notable historic structure
  • Bensalem Historical Society
  • Church of the Redeemer
  • Bensalem Fall Festival is a popular event
  • Andalusia features impressive Greek Revival domestic architecture
  • Commerce Bank Amphitheater provides a variety of performances and festivals
  • Neshaminy State Park is located near the Delaware River

Bensalem and nearby Activities

The River Walk Trail at Neshaminy State Park offers excellent views. Pennypack Park features a scenic paved trail for hiking and bicycle riding and provides fishing opportunities. Lake Nockamixon is popular for boating and swimming. The close by "Sesame Street" Amusement Park features roller coasters, parades and a variety of entertainment. The Palywicki Park is utilized for a variety of activities and is situated along the scenic Neshaminy Creek. Residents enjoy the activities and the professional sports teams located in nearby Philadelphia.

Bensalem Higher Education

LaSalle University, Bucks Community College, Lincoln Technical Institute and the University of Pennsylvania are nearby.


Total Population 60,419
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 30,626
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.3%
Median Earnings25+ $41,154
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,610
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,423


Median Family Income $73,745
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,076
Median House Value $256,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.4%
Irish 22.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bensalem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 16 miles NE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Standard Zip Codes 19020, 19021
Phone Area Codes 215
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.09
Longitude -74.91

Bensalem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bensalem, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Andalusia (19020)

Cornwells Heights (19020)

Eddington (19020)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

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