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Overview

Introduction to Norristown, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's situated along the Schuylkill River in a fertile agricultural region. Montgomery county government jobs, health care and the legal profession are significant factors for the economy. The municipality has an ethnically diverse population. The community has numerous attractive Victorian mansions. Commuters have easy access to Philadelphia by bus and rail.

Norristown History

Norristown was established as a mill town. It's named in tribute to Isaac Norris, who was a member of the colonial Pennsylvania legislature. He acquired a grant of land that later became Norristown. In the past, it was a major retail center for the rural communities outside of Philadelphia. The construction of the Plaza at King of Prussia and the Plymouth Meeting Mall caused the town's retail business to decline.

Norristown Attractions

  • The Valley Forge National Historical Park is close by and worth a visit
  • Elmwood Park Zoo features a wide variety of animals
  • Norristown Farm Park is a working farm which includes numerous farm buildings from the colonial era. Fishing, hiking, bicycle riding and cross-country skiing are available
  • Montgomery County Cultural Center is a popular venue
  • The Historic West Marshall Street Shopping District is a notable destination
  • Elmwood Park hosts summer concerts

Norristown Activities

Benjamin Rush, Evansburg, French Creek, Meshaminy and Marsh Creek state parks are located in the region. Fishing and boating are offered on the Schuylkill River. Westover Golf Club, Green Valley Country Club and Jeffersonville Golf Club are within close vicinity to Norristown. Nearby Philadelphia offers a wide assortment of activities and entertainment.

Norristown Transportation

Air travel is available at the Philadelphia International Airport. Norristown Transportation Center serves as the terminus for the Norristown High Speed Rail Line.

People

Total Population 34,500
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 10.3%
Employed Population 16+ 15,368
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 32.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,518
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,885
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,271

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,396
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 10.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,011
Median House Value $153,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 10.1%

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

Norristown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 19401, 19403, 19405, 19406
P.O. Box Zip Codes 19404, 19407, 19408, 19409
Company Zip Codes 19487, 19488, 19489
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.121
Longitude -75.34

Norristown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NORRISTOWN
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Station PHOENIXVILLE 1 E
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches
Station PHILADELPHIA INTL AP
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 62 F
Jul Temp 70 to 86 F
Oct Temp 49 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fairview Village (19409)

Jeffersonville (19401, 19403)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blue Bell 5,985 $140,721
Bridgeport 4,571 $76,250
Chesterbrook 4,478 $133,056
Conshohocken 7,890 $89,554

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

Norristown Public Libraries

Library
Lower Providence Com Library
50 PARKLANE DR
Norristown, Pennsylvania
(610) 666-6640
Library Web Site
Mont Co-norristown Pub Lib
1001 POWELL ST
Norristown, Pennsylvania
(610) 278-5100
Library Web Site
Upper Merion Township Library
175 W VALLEY FORGE RD
Norristown, Pennsylvania
(610) 265-4805
Library Web Site

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Norristown Hospitals

EAGLEVILLE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
100 EAGLEVILLE RD
(215) 539-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

MERCY SUBURBAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2701 DEKALB PIKE
(215) 278-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

VALLEY FORGE MEDICAL CENTER AND HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1033 W GERMANTOWN PIKE
(215) 539-8500
Emergency Service: No

MONTGOMERY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
POWELL & FORNANCE STREETS
(610) 270-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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NORRISTOWN AREA HS
610-630-5090
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,904 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

METHACTON HS
610-489-5000
Serves 1,592 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

EISENHOWER MS
610-277-8720
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 757 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

ROOSEVELT ALTERN SCH
610-275-9720
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 160 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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