Bensalem, Pennsylvania

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania

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.

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High Points

Bensalem strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Bensalem Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 19% Bensalem College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Comparing Bensalem to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 10
Age of the Population 7 3
Racial Diversity 5 10
Senior Citizens 4 1
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 7
Average Household Size 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 7 5
Low Property Crime 5 2

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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
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Bensalem Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 58,434 100%
Male 29,068 49.7%
Female 29,366 50.3%
Under 18 13,510 23.1%
18+ 44,924 76.9%
65+ 6,402 11%
Median Age 36.4
Average Family Size 3.14
White 48,443 82.9%
African-American 4,047 6.9%
Asian 3,860 6.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 126 0.2%
Other 961 1.6%
Mixed Race 967 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,505 4.3%

Estimated Bensalem Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 58,745
Growth 311
Growth % 0.5%
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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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Bensalem High Schools (2004)

Serves 2,094 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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