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Overview

Introduction to Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Blue Bell History

This region was once known as "Pigeontown" because of the large gatherings of passenger pigeons in the area. In 1840, the community was renamed "Blue Bell" after the historically significant Blue Bell Inn. The town is known for its major business parks, large executive-style mansions, and community shopping facilities. It is now a census-designated place in the Township of Whitpain in Montgomery County.

Blue Bell and Nearby Attractions

  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Bulls Island Natural Area
  • Adventure Aquarium

Things To Do In Blue Bell

Blue Bell is close to a number of historic sites and museums. Artifacts depicting the historical and cultural heritage of the region can be viewed at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Mennonite Heritage Center, James A. Michener Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Valley Forge Historical Society Museum. Some places of historic interest near Blue Bell are Brandywine Battlefield, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Hope Lodge, and Oscar Hammerstein II Farm. Independence National Historical Park, which includes the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, is another popular destination in the area. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Meadowlands Country Club. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, biking, boating, horseback riding, and picnicking at the Nockamixon State Park, Ralph Stover State Park, Neshaminy State Park, and Ridley Creek State Park.

Blue Bell Transportation

The closest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.

Blue Bell Higher Education

Blue Bell is home to a campus of the Montgomery County Community College. Chestnut Hill College, and Gwynedd-Mercy College are located nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,403
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens23.6%
Employed Population 16+3,195
Age of the Population50

Families

% of people married63.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher71.8%
Median Earnings25+$67,556
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$45,197

Wealth

Median Family Income$148,017
% Above Poverty Level98.8%
% Below Poverty Level1.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation8.1%

Housing

People Living Alone19.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,373
Median House Value$426,700

Ancestry

Irish23.8%
Italian18.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.2%
English10.7%
Polish7.2%
Russian4.6%
Scottish1.8%
Ukrainian1.3%
West Indian1.2%
US/American1.2%
French Except Basque1.2%
Welsh1.2%
Hungarian1.1%
Haitian1%
Austrian0.9%
Slovak0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Latvian0.4%
Brazilian0.3%
German0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Arab0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Blue Bell Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes19422
Company Zip Codes19424
Phone Area Codes215, 484, 610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.14
Approximate Longitude-75.26

Blue Bell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNORRISTOWN
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp23 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip47.1 inches
StationGRATERFORD 1 E
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip44.3 inches
StationPHOENIXVILLE 1 E
Distance12 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip43.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ambler6,507$89,361
Bridgeport4,574$70,492
Conshohocken7,916$93,902
Lansdale16,454$71,233
Norristown34,460$49,895
North Wales3,245$86,625

Blue Bell Public Libraries

Wissahickon Valley Pub Library
650 SKIPPACK PIKE
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
(215) 643-1320

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Blue Bell Public Schools

Blue Bell El Sch
801 Symphony Ln
ZIP: 19422
(215) 619-8102
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Stony Creek El Sch
1721 Yost Rd
ZIP: 19422
(215) 619-8108
Primary
Total Enrollment 442

Blue Bell Private Schools

Blue Bell Montessori Childrens House
6024 Butler Pike
ZIP: 19422
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Centre Square Montessori Schoolhouse
1775 Skippack Pike
ZIP: 19422
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
St Helena School
1499 Dekalb Pike
ZIP: 19422
Elementary
Total Enrollment 455
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