Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°12′27″N 74°46′48″W / 40.20750°N 74.78000°W / 40.20750; -74.78000
Morrisville
Borough
Summerseat, Clymer Street & Morris Avenue (Morrisville Borough), Morrisville (Bucks County, Pennsylvania).jpg
Official name: Borough of Morrisville
Named for: Robert Morris
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Elevation 56 ft (17 m)
Coordinates 40°12′27″N 74°46′48″W / 40.20750°N 74.78000°W / 40.20750; -74.78000
Area 2.0 sq mi (5 km2)
 - land 1.8 sq mi (5 km2)
 - water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2)
Population 8,728 (2010)
Density 5,659.0 / sq mi (2,185 / km2)
Mayor David T. Rivella
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19067
Area code 215
Location of Morrisville in Bucks County
Location of Morrisville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: morrisville-boro-gov.com

Morrisville (/ˈmɒrɨsvɪl/; Philadelphia accent[ˈmɑɹzvɪl] "Mars-ville") is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located just below the falls of the Delaware River opposite Trenton, New Jersey. The population was 8,728 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The earliest known settlement in what is now Morrisville, was a trading post of the Dutch West India Company operating from 1624 to 1627 on an island in the Delaware River. Later, one of the first ferries to cross the Delaware was established at the site. By the late 18th century, a settlement was forming at the ferry crossing then known as Colvin's Ferry. The settlement incorporated into a borough in 1804, taking the name of Morrisville. In that same year, the first bridge built across the Delaware connected Morrisville to Trenton.

The Gershom Craft House, Summerseat, and Trenton City/Calhoun Street Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Summerseat is also designated a National Historic Landmark.[1]

Morrisville is also home to Graystones, the historic site marking William Penn's first Pennsylvania land purchase from the Lenni Lenape Indians.

Geography[edit]

Morrisville is located at 40°12′27″N 74°46′48″W / 40.20750°N 74.78000°W / 40.20750; -74.78000 (40.207458, -74.779918).[2] It is part of a geographical salient that is mostly surrounded by New Jersey.

Originally a village located in Falls Township, until it was partitoned as a borough by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1804, Morrisville is bordered by Falls Township to the south, Lower Makefield Township to the north and the Delaware River to the east.

Its name is the default city name in the 19067 ZIP code, which covers an area that includes Yardley, Lower Makefield, Morrisville, and part of Falls Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), of which 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.5 km²) (10.15%) is water. U.S. 1 traverses Morrisville and crosses into New Jersey via the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 266
1820 391 47.0%
1830 531 35.8%
1840 405 −23.7%
1850 565 39.5%
1860 784 38.8%
1870 813 3.7%
1880 968 19.1%
1890 1,208 24.8%
1900 1,371 13.5%
1910 2,002 46.0%
1920 3,639 81.8%
1930 5,368 47.5%
1940 5,493 2.3%
1950 6,787 23.6%
1960 7,790 14.8%
1970 11,309 45.2%
1980 9,845 −12.9%
1990 9,765 −0.8%
2000 10,023 2.6%
2010 8,728 −12.9%
Est. 2012 8,700 −0.3%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the 2010 census, the borough was 70.6% Non-Hispanic White, 15.4% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.0% Asian, and 2.7% were two or more races. 10.2% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. 13.5% of the population were foreign-born. [1]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 10,023 people, 4,154 households, and 2,612 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,659.0 people per square mile (2,186.4/km²). There were 4,313 housing units at an average density of 2,435.1/sq mi (940.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 75.98% White, 19.14% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 2.08% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.82% of the population.

There were 4,154 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,095, and the median income for a family was $53,316. Males had a median income of $40,204 versus $30,110 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,404. About 8.9% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Etymology[edit]

The borough is named for Pennsylvania merchant and banker Robert Morris, financier of the American Revolution. His home "Summerseat" still stands in town.

Sports[edit]

In 1955 the Morrisville Little League baseball team defeated Merchantville, NJ to claim the Little League World Series title. It is one of four Pennsylvania teams to have won the tournament since its inception in 1947.

Notable people[edit]

Morrisville is the birthplace or home to a number of well-known Americans, including:

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