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Levittown

  •   State: 
    Pennsylvania
      County: 
    Bucks County
      City: 
    Levittown
      County FIPS: 
    42017
      Coordinates: 
    40°09′15″N 74°50′59″W
      Area total: 
    10.40 sq mi (26.94 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.30 sq mi (26.68 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.10 sq mi (0.26 km²)
      Elevation: 
    30 ft (9 m)
  •   Latitude: 
    40,1425
      Longitude: 
    -74,8207
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
      Timezone: 
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 
    19054
    19055
    19056
    19057
    19058
      GMAP: 

    Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
    52,699
      Population density: 
    5,116.41 residents per square mile of area (1,975.38/km²)
      Household income: 
    $62,647
      Households: 
    18,254
      Unemployment rate: 
    7.30%
  •   Sales taxes: 
    6.00%
      Income taxes: 
    3.57%

Levittown is a census-designated place (CDP) and planned community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The population was 52,983 at the 2010 census. Though not a municipality, it is sometimes recognized as the largest suburb of Philadelphia. Construction of Levittown began in 1952 and when completed in 1958, 17,311 homes were built. William J. Levitt, who is often credited as the creator of the modern American suburb, designed the first Levitt home in Long Island, New York. The Levitts would not sell homes to African Americans. Daisy Myers has been hailed as "The Rosa Parks of the North", who helped expose the problems of racial inequality in the U.S. in the 1950s and '60s. The first Black couple, Bea and Lew Wechler, were harassed by a mob when they tried to sell their home to an African-American family. This led to an injunction and criminal charges against the Myerses and their supporters, but the couple refused to surrender and received national acclaim for their efforts. The couple later wrote a book about their experiences, which led to a criminal injunction against their supporters and led to their release from prison. The brothers William Levitt and architect Alfred Levitt designed its six typical houses. The homes were moderately priced and required only a low down payment, with only modest exterior variations within each model. The houses were built on a 26-step rationalized building method that was essentially an assembly line type of home building.

History

Levittown is the primary city name, but also Fallsington are acceptable city names or spellings. Levittown, Pennsylvania was the second "Levitttown" built by William J. Levitt, who is often credited as the creator of the modern American suburb. Construction of Levittown began in 1952 and when completed in 1958, 17,311 homes were built. Residents were expected to comply with a lengthy list of rules and regulations regarding the upkeep of their homes. The community's otherwise placid exterior was again disturbed during the June 23, 1979, riots in the wake of the Camp David Peace Accords, which resulted in a second Arab-producing oil embargo. The first Black couple, William and Daisy Myers, bought a home in the Dogwood Hollow section in 1957. Daisy Myers has been hailed as "The Rosa Parks of the North", who helped expose the northern states' problems with racial inequality of that time. In the years since Levitt & Sons ended construction, three- and four-story "garden apartments" and a number of non-Levitt owner-occupied houses have been built in Levitttown. The most recent of these was built in 2009. The current Levittowners live in Willboro Township, New Jersey, near the New Jersey-New York border. The Levitts still refused to sell their next-to-last home to blacks, and plans for yet another whites-only Levittwhile, N.J., were fighting legal challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court. The ACLU, NAACP and the Federal Housing Administration threatened to refuse mortgages to Levitt.

Municipalities and sections

Levittown is not an incorporated place, though efforts in the early 1950s were made to incorporate. Some Levittown residents feared that incorporation would lead to higher taxes, by robbing the prospective municipality of a commercial tax base. The shopping center began a slow decline in the mid-1970s from which it never recovered with the building of the Oxford Valley Mall. The names of the streets within each section uniformly begin with the same letter that begins the name of the section in question except for the section of Green Lynne, which was not constructed by Bill Levitt. "X" and "Z" are not used for section or street names. As there are more than 24 section names, "road" is used for street names in sections to the west of Edgely Road, 'lane' is used in those section to the east. Some sections have their drive broken into multiple parts, with similar names. Almost all other roads or lanes in the sections connect on one or both ends to the drive of that section. In some sections, such as Goldenridge, the shape of the. section prevents the drive from surrounding the section, or allowing all roads in the section from connecting to the. drive. The name of a section is often a reference to its location or the location of their nearby location. Some examples: Learning Lane connects Pinewood and Walt Disney Elementary School, Short Lane connects Stoneybrook and Farmbrook, and Snowball Gate and Forsythia Gate are collectively known as "The Gates".

Education

Middletown residents are served by public schools run by the Neshaminy School District. Bristol Township public schools are managed by the Bristol Township School district. Falls Township and Tullytown Borough residents are serving by the Pennsbury School District, in and around Levittown. Some students attend schoolsrun by Roman Catholic, Lutheran, evangelical Protestant and Quaker organizations, in the Levitttown area of the town. The town is also home to a number of non-profit organizations, such as the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Humanities, which provides free speech and other services to the residents of the towns and villages of Bristol Township, Falls Township, and Tulltown Borough. The New Jersey Department of Education provides free and reduced-price school lunches to residents in Bristol Township and Falls Township. The district also provides free health care to residents of Tully Town Borough and the town of MiddletOWN. The school district provides free haircuts and massages for residents in the town and the borough of Bristol, as well as free medical care for those in the towns of Bristol and Middlettown. The township also offers a free library, with a collection of books and other resources available to residents. It is the only school district in the borough. The borough also has a public library, which is open to the public. It was established in the early 1900s and is run by a group of parents and teachers called the Friends of the Franklin Township Library.

Geography

Levittown is located at 40°915N 74°5059W. It is in Bucks County, between Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey. Downtown Philadelphia is approximately 22 miles (35 km) away. It has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) bordering a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) Average monthly temperatures in the central CDP range from 32.2°F in January to 76.1 °F in July. The local hardiness zone is 7a. Levittown has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26 km²), of which 0.5 km² (0.59%) is water. The CDP is part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area (an area also known generally as the Delaware Valley). It is adjacent to and nearly surrounds Fairless Hills, a suburban community more modest in scale, but that shares many of Levitttown's characteristics. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the CDP has a population of 2,788. The area has a climate of Cfa, with an average monthly temperature of 32°F (10°C) in January and 76 °F (15°C in July) The localHardiness Zone 7a is in the town's central area, meaning it has a hardiness rating of 7a-7a. The average annual rainfall is 1.6 inches (38.5 mm) and the average annual temperature is 2.2 inches (51.4 °F).

Transportation

SEPTA Regional Rail serves Levittown to the south and north. Interstate 295 (I-295) runs to the north and west, connecting it with the suburbs north of Trenton. The nearest international airport is Philadelphia International Airport (Airport Code PHL), approximately 34 miles (55 km) southwest of Levitttown. The closest Amtrak station is just across the Delaware River in Trenton at the Trenton Transit Center, just over 9 miles (14 km) to the east. Many Levittowners have historically commuted by automobile or train to Philadelphia, some to Trenton, still others to more distant locales in as many as four states. Just over ten percent of employed Levittowner both live and work in the community. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, with the majority of residents living in the Falls Township section of Falls Township, which is located on the eastern edge of the town. The township was once home to a U.S. Steel mill, but the mill closed in the 1980s and the community has since been largely abandoned. The community is now home to about 1,200 people. It is located in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the eastern suburbs of New Jersey, and the northern New Jersey portion of the New Jersey Turnpike. It also includes parts of the suburbs of Camden, Trenton and Trenton-on-Hudson, as well as parts of New York and New Jersey.

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, Levittown was 87.7% White, 5.1% Hispanic or Latino ancestry of any race, 3.6% Black or African American, 1.7%. 1.6%. were two or more races, 0.3% were some other race and 0.2% Native American. As of the census of 2000, there were 53,966 people, 18,603 households, and 14,510 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,309.5 people per square mile (2,050.8/km²). There were 19,044 housing units at an average density of 1,873.7/mi2 (723.7 /km²) The median income for a household in theCDP was $52,514, and $57,220 for a family. The per capita income was $20,047. About 3.1%. of families and 4. 6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6. of those under the age of 18 and 3.5% of those 65 and older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.28. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there are 96.3 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over, there there are 92.6 males. At least 13.4% of residents ages 25 or older had at least a high school diploma, while 13. 4% had a bachelor's degree.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania = 20.1. 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 24. 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 Levittown = 4 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 (www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/radiation-the-ultraviolet-(uv)-index) and is uniform worldwide.

Employed

The most recent city population of 52,699 individuals with a median age of 40 age the population dropped by -4.71% in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,116.41 residents per square mile of area (1,975.38/km²). There are average 2.8 people per household in the 18,254 households with an average household income of $62,647 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.30% 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 23.04%. The number of physicians in Levittown per 100,000 population = 240.2.

Weather

The annual rainfall in Levittown = 43.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 10.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 105. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 88 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 25.3 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 Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 83.11%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 52 years with median home cost = $196,710 and home appreciation of -5.67%. 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 $16.91 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.

Study

The local school district spends $8,175 per student. There are 14.6 students for each teacher in the school, 537 students for each Librarian and 776 students for each Counselor. 6.97% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 9.18% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.34% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Levittown's population in Bucks County, Pennsylvania of 7,421 residents in 1900 has increased 7,1-fold to 52,699 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.75% female residents and 49.25% male residents live in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 41.03% are single population.

  • 26.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Levittown 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.

    84.79% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.25% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.13% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.55% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 83.11% are owner-occupied homes, another 14.14% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.75% are vacant.

  • The 62.88% of the population in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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