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Municipality of Norristown

  •   State: 
    Montgomery County
      County FIPS: 
    40°07′12″N 75°20′30″W
      Area total: 
    3.60 sq mi (9.33 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.52 sq mi (9.10 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.09 sq mi (0.23 km²)
    135 ft (41 m)
    1682; Settled 1682 Borough 1812 Municipality 1986
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    10,170.13 residents per square mile of area (3,926.44/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Norristown is a municipality with home rule status and the county seat of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. Located along the Schuylkill River, approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from the Philadelphia city limits, Norristown had a population of 34,324 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the fourth most populous municipality in the county and the second most populous borough in Pennsylvania. The municipality's population is 37.2% black or African American, 27.9% white (non-Hispanic), 27.1% Hispanic and two or more races 6.4%. In the Köppen climate classification, the borough has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) according to recent temperature numbers. The Trewartha climate classification now has the climate as Do (oceanic because only seven months are above 50 °F.) The hardiness zone is 7a. The borough is located 49.8 miles (80.1 km) southeast of Allentown and 19.9 miles (32.0 km) northwest of Philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the United States. The town's terrain is generally hilly, especially in the areas closest to downtown, which itself sits on a plateau surrounded by all three major waterways. It has four distinct neighborhoods: the West End, the East End, the North End, and the downtown. The area where NorristOWN sits was originally owned by the family of Isaac Norris, who purchased the land on October 7, 1704, for 50¢ per acre.


Norristown is the primary city name, but also Audubon, Eagleville, East Norriton, Jeffersonville, Jeffersonvlle, Trooper are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Municipality of Norristown. Norristown was named the county seat in 1784 when Montgomery County was formed. It was incorporated as a borough in 1812 and subsequently enlarged in 1853. By 1940 it was home to 38,181 Norristonians, making it the most populous borough in Pennsylvania. The downtown featured two department stores, several theaters, and enough goods and services that residents never had to leave town to find anything they needed. In the mid-1800s the Irish began arriving in large numbers, followed by waves of Italians at the turn of the century. With the opening of new malls in nearby King of Prussia and Plymouth Meeting, the downtown declined in the decades after World War II. Industry soon followed, as many companies closed or relocated into new industrial parks throughout Montgomery County. The town's population swelled to 22,265 people by 1900, and it was described in that year as "the most populous independent borough in the United States" in 1940. It is now home to more than 40,000 people. The city's population has declined to about 20,000, according to the city's 2010 population estimate. It has a population of about 8,000. The area where Norristown sits was originally owned by the family of Isaac Norris, who purchased the land on October 7, 1704, for 50¢ per acre. In 1712, Norris acquired Trent's share and established a gristmill at the foot of present-day Water Street. About 500 people lived there at the time of its incorporation.


Norristown is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 6 mi (10 km) northwest of Philadelphia. Totaling 3.519 square miles in land area, the municipality sits along the Schuylkill River. The town's terrain is generally hilly, especially in the areas closest to downtown, which itself sits on a plateau surrounded by all three major waterways. In the Köppen climate classification, the borough has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) according to recent temperature numbers. The Trewartha climate classification now has the climate as Do (oceanic because only seven months are above 50 °F.) The hardiness zone is 7a. The direct driving distance from downtown Norristown to Center City Philadelphia is about 17 mi (27 km) Two major tributaries, the Stony Creek and the Saw Mill Run, bisect the town into thirds and empty directly into the SchUylkill. It is bounded by West Norriton, East Norrit on, and Plymouth townships, as well as the borough of Bridgeport. It has four distinct neighborhoods: the West End, the East End, the North End, and the downtown. The town has a population of about 3,000 people (as of the 2010 Census). It is located on the banks of the Schuyl Kill River, which flows into the Delaware River in New Jersey. The borough is home to the Pennsylvania Museum of Natural History and Science, which was founded in 1875.


The municipality's population is 37.2% black or African American, 27.9% white (non-Hispanic), 27.1% Hispanic and two or more races 6.4%. There were 11,963 households and 7,498 families residing in the municipality. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.41. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey, the median household income was $42,764. Approximately 76.0% of all persons 25 and older have a high school diploma or higher, while 16.7% have a college degree (Bachelor's or higher). The median age of all residents is 31.2 years, with an age distribution of 26.2 percent under the age of 18, 43.5% between ages 18 and 44, 21.2 per cent between ages 45 and 64, and 9.1 per cent ages 65 and above. About 17.3% of families and 19.3 per cent of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3 percent of those under the Age of 18 and 11.8% of those 65 and older. The median income for a household in Norristown was $34,214, with a per capita income of $21,204. The municipality has a population of 34,341, which represents a 0% increase since 2010, and a population growth rate of 0.7 per cent since 2000.


Norristown's economy is based largely on institutions in the government, healthcare, legal, and social services sectors. The Montgomery County government is the municipality's largest employer. Norristown is home to the corporate headquarters of both USM and U.S. Roofing. In addition to major employers, there are numerous small professional, manufacturing, technology, and distribution firms operating in the municipality, as well as law offices and local realty companies. The municipality has a population of approximately 2,000. It is located on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which connects Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The town's population is about 2,200, with a population growth rate of about 1.5% per year. It has an unemployment rate of 0.7%. The town has a high school graduation rate of around 10%. It has a low crime rate of less than 1%. The municipality's population grew by 1.6% between 2007 and 2008. It had a high unemployment rate in 2008 and 2009, with the rate at 0.8%. The city's population has grown by 2.7% from 2007 to 2009. The city has an average population of 2,300, with an average employment rate of 1.9%. It is the largest city in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and one of the smallest cities in Pennsylvania. It also has the highest crime rate in the state, at 1.8% in 2009. It was the second-largest city in Pennsylvania in 2008, after Philadelphia.

Politics and government

Norristown has been a home rule municipality since 1986 when voters adopted a charter with a manager/council form of government. The office of mayor was abolished in July 2004 after a public referendum amended the municipal charter. Executive and administrative authority is now delegated to a council appointed Municipal Manager. The municipality is part of the Fourth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Madeleine Dean) and the 70th and 17th State House Districts (representing Rep. Matt Bradford and Sen. Amanda Cappelletti). The town has a population of 2,000. It is located on the Delaware River, which flows through the town of Norristown. The town's population is 2,100, with a population growth rate of 1.7% per year. The city's population has grown by 1.8% since the start of the 21st century, when it had 2,500 residents. It has a total population of 3,000, with 1,000 residents living in the town center and 1,200 in the surrounding areas. The mayor is a Democrat, and the town's council has a Republican majority, with the mayor and seven members of the council serving a seven-member municipal council. The municipal manager is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the state Senate, representing the 17th and 70th state House districts. The Town's mayor is an elected official, as is the city's city manager, who was appointed by the state legislature in 2004.


Norristown sits at the junction of several major roads in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Main Street (also known as Ridge Pike outside of the municipality) and Airy Street run eastwest through the downtown. US 202 is the major northsouth route through the town, connecting it with other nearby county seats such as Doylestown and West Chester. Numerous rail lines, bus routes, multi-use trails, and parking areas converge at the Norristown Transportation Center (NTC) SEPTA operates eight Suburban Division bus routes (90, 91, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 131) The Schuylkill River Trail, which connects Philadelphia to Pottstown, also passes through the NTC complex. The Chester Valley Trail will also connect to the Transportation Center in the future.Electricity and natural gas are provided by PECO Energy Company, a subsidiary of Exelon. Water is provided by Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiaries of American Water. Trash and recycling collection is provided under contract by J.P. Mascaro. The NTC contains a 522-space commuter parking garage that also contains an intercity bus terminal that was formerly used by Bieber Transportation Group, Greyhound Lines, and Martz Trailways. It is the largest multi-modal transportation hub in Montgomery County. It also contains a regional rail station that is one of three on the Manayunk/Norristtown Line. The other two are Main Street and Elm Street, the latter of which serves as the terminus of the line.


Norristown is home to two performing arts centers and one professional theater company. All are part of The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Norristown also home to a variety of ethnic restaurants and shops. The city's main street is called DeKalb Street and runs through the heart of the city. It is also known as the "Main Street" because of the number of stores and restaurants on the street. It also has a number of cultural centers, including a Chinese restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, and a Thai restaurant. The town's name is derived from the name of its main street, which is a street that runs through downtown. It was also named after the town's oldest resident, who was born in the town in 1837. The name of the town also comes from the city's oldest residence, which was built in 1838. The main street was named after its founder, who died in 1852. The current mayor is a former mayor of the same town, who is now a member of the Philadelphia City Council and the mayor-elect of the City of Philadelphia. He is the son of a former Mayor, who also served as mayor in the 1930s and '40s, and is a grandson of the late Mayor of Philadelphia, Thomas P. O'Neill, who served in the Second World War. The community is known for its many ethnic restaurants, including Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese, as well as its many restaurants and cafes.


The city of Norristown has seen a number of construction projects in the last few decades. The city is also working on a $60 million project to widen the city's main road, the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will extend the highway to the north and south of the city. It will also add more traffic to the city, making it easier for residents to get to and from work and school in the morning and afternoon. It is also expected to help alleviate some of the pressure on the local economy, which has been in decline since the recession of the 1990s and early 2000s. It's also hoped that the project will help the city reduce its reliance on the federal government, which is responsible for much of its funding. The state is also planning to build a new high-speed rail link between Philadelphia and New York City, which will connect the city to the rest of the country. It would be the first time the city has been able to build such a link, and it would be one of the first of its kind in the United States. There are also plans to add a second rail link, which would link the city with New York and New Jersey, and a third rail link to the West Coast. The town is also looking to expand its use of light rail, which was once limited to a handful of miles per day. It has also been the site of several major construction projects, including the construction of a new airport, which opened in 2010.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania = 31.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 2. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Norristown = 4.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 35,748 individuals with a median age of 36.6 age the population grows by 0.07% in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 10,170.13 residents per square mile of area (3,926.44/km²). There are average 2.52 people per household in the 12,009 households with an average household income of $40,452 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.70% of the available work force and has dropped -4.83% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 20.64%. The number of physicians in Norristown per 100,000 population = 500.9.


The annual rainfall in Norristown = 44.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 22 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 116. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 209. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 41.54%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 62 years with median home cost = $116,720 and home appreciation of -9.74%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.80 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,623 per student. There are 13.8 students for each teacher in the school, 677 students for each Librarian and 358 students for each Counselor. 5.75% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 9.10% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.23% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Norristown's population in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania of 22,265 residents in 1900 has increased 1,61-fold to 35,748 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.90% female residents and 49.10% male residents live in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 57.05% are single population.

  • 24.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Norristown require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    64.36% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.95% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 8.78% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.07% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 41.54% are owner-occupied homes, another 45.29% are rented apartments, and the remaining 13.18% are vacant.

  • The 60.95% of the population in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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