|Borough of Telford|
|Elevation||423 ft (128.9 m)|
|Area||1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)|
|- land||1.0 sq mi (3 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%|
|Density||4,872.0 / sq mi (1,881.1 / km2)|
|Mayor||Jay R. Stover|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Telford is a borough in Bucks and Montgomery counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 4,872 at the time of the 2010 census. Of this, 2,665 were in Montgomery County, and 2,207 were in Bucks County.
Originally inhabited by the Lenape people, the area surrounding Telford began to be settled in 1719 by Mennonites from the Palatinate of the Rhine. In 1857, the town known as County Line (the area had previously been known as Hendrick’s Blacksmith) changed its name to Telford after the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company named their new station located there after the civil engineer Thomas Telford.
The Borough of Telford was incorporated by decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Bucks County of November 10, 1886. A decade later, The Borough of West Telford was incorporated by decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Montgomery County of December 27, 1897. In 1934, the respective boroughs entered into an agreement for consolidation, and an election was held on this question on November 6, 1934. The voters of both boroughs approved the agreement, and on January 11, 1935, Governor Gifford Pinchot issued letters patent consolidating the two boroughs into the current Borough of Telford.
Telford is located at , elevation 449 feet (136.9 m).(40.324786, -75.328045)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²). None of the area is covered with water.
A rail line which was formally Reading Company's Bethlehem Branch runs north-south through Telford connecting to Perkasie, Quakertown and Bethlehem to the north and Souderton, Hatfield and Lansdale to the south. The line was used by the SEPTA Lansdale/Doylestown Line until the late 1970s. The tracks are still used for the transport of freight between Lansdale and Quakertown, and beyond. The line is used for occasional scenic rail trips, and resumption of passenger service to Quakertown is being considered. Telford is also the via point location for Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad out of Lansdale and East Penn Railroad out of Quakertown.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,681 people, 1,930 households, and 1,200 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,618.2 people per square mile (1,789.1/km²). There were 1,977 housing units at an average density of 1,950.9 per square mile (755.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.48% White, 1.30% Black, 0.02% Native American, 3.76% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.61% of the population.
There were 1,930 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the borough the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $45,451, and the median income for a family was $56,809. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $28,387 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,075. About 2.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
In 2008 the median household income was estimated at $58,350 (it was $45,451 in 2000).
In 2008 the estimated house or condo value was $256,582 (compared to $130,300 in 2000). In 2008 the per capita income was $28,979.
Politics and government
The borough is represented by the following officials:
U.S. House of Representatives
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Telford borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- Miscellaneous Docket 2, Pages 67-70, 72-73. Clerk of Courts of Bucks County, Pa. (Doylestown, Pa.). Available at the Mercer Museum (Doylestown, Pa.)
- Miscellaneous Book 43, Pages 198-201 (recorded December 28, 1897). Recorder of Deeds of Montgomery County, Pa. (Norristown, Pa.).
- Ordinance 45, Borough of West Telford (Pa.). Souderton [Pa.] Independent, Thursday, September 13, 1934, p. 10.
- Charter Book 3, Pages 3-4 (recorded November 2, 1938). Recorder of Deeds of Montgomery County, Pa. (Norristown, Pa.).
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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- Borough of Telford Official Website
- Souderton-Telford Main Streets
- TelfordAlive.com - Community Website for Telford, Souderton and Surrounding Areas
- BucksCountyAlive.com - Community Website for Bucks County, PA
- MontgomeryCountyAlive.com - Community Website for Montgomery County, PA