Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Mount Joy
Mount Joy Post Office
Mount Joy Post Office
Location of Mount Joy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Mount Joy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Mount Joy is located in Pennsylvania
Mount Joy
Mount Joy
Location of Mount Joy in Pennsylvania
Mount Joy is located in the United States
Mount Joy
Mount Joy
Mount Joy (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°06′36″N 76°30′40″W / 40.11000°N 76.51111°W / 40.11000; -76.51111Coordinates: 40°06′36″N 76°30′40″W / 40.11000°N 76.51111°W / 40.11000; -76.51111
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTimothy D. Bradley Jr. (R)
 • Total2.43 sq mi (6.29 km2)
 • Land2.41 sq mi (6.24 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
371 ft (113 m)
 • Total7,410
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,361.26/sq mi (1,297.73/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)717

Mount Joy is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,410 at the 2010 census.

Name and origin[edit]

The name is often shortened to Mt Joy, as in Mencken (1963).[3] However, citizens of the town often point out that this abbreviation is not proper because the town is not named for a mountain but is named after the "Good Ship" Mountjoy which famously broke a Catholic siege during the Siege of Derry.[4] Due to the early settlement of the Protestant Scots-Irish in this region of Pennsylvania, many of the municipalities in the area were given names common to the North of Ireland such as: Derry Township, Londonderry Township, South Londonderry Township, Mount Joy Township, East Donegal Township, West Donegal Township, and Rapho Township.

Mount Joy is often named in lists of "delightfully-named towns" in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, along with Intercourse, Blue Ball, Lititz, Bareville, Bird-in-Hand and Paradise.[5][6][7][8][3]

Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street

General information[edit]

  • ZIP code: 17552
  • Area code: 717
  • Local phone codes: 492, 653, 928


Mount Joy is located at 40°6′36″N 76°30′40″W / 40.11000°N 76.51111°W / 40.11000; -76.51111 (40.109895, -76.510977).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land. It is considered to be part of the Susquenanna Valley.

In the 1970s, Mount Joy was chosen as the site of one of ten Decision Information Distribution System radio stations, designed to alert the public of an enemy attack. The system was never implemented and the station was not built.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20168,104[2]9.4%

The 2010 United States Census reports the following demographics for Mount Joy Borough:[14]

  • Total population: 7,410
  • Male: 3,624
  • Female: 3,786
  • Hispanic or Latino: 549
  • White: 6,809
  • African American: 187
  • Asian: 58
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 20
  • Identified by two or more: 170

Museums and historic sites[edit]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mencken (1963) p.653 quote:

    In the years since then many of these names have been changed to more elegant ones,2 and others have vanished with the ghost towns they adorned, but not a few still hang on. Indeed, there are plenty of lovely specimens to match them in the East, in regions that were also frontier in their days, e.g., the famous cluster in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania: Bird in Hand, Bareville, Blue Ball, Mt. Joy, Intercourse and Paradise.

  4. ^ "History of Mount Joy". Mount Joy Historical Society. Mount Joy Historical Society. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. ^ Ward's quarterly (1965) p.109 quote: such delightfully-named towns in Pennsylvania Dutchland as his native Mount Joy, and neighboring Lititz, Blue Ball, Bareville, Intercourse, Bird in Hand, and Paradise.

  6. ^ Anderson (1979) p.214 quote:

    "...but anyone who names their towns Mount Joy, Intercourse, and Blue Ball can't be all bad. Obviously they have more on their minds than just religion."

  7. ^ Museums Association (2006) p.61 quote:

    Which brings us to Intercourse. You can imagine my delight when I found out that the Amish call the town of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, their home. There seems to be a lot of explanations from locals trying to pass off the name as a bastardisation of 'Enter Course' and so on, but seeing as there are other local towns called Blue Ball, Bird In Hand, and Mount Joy, I suspect that the person responsible had a very juvenile sense of humour. The town sits in upstate Pennsylvania and is a tourist trap for anyone even remotely curious about the Amish way of life.

  8. ^ Rand McNally and Company (1978) p.52
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Mount Joy (borough) QuickFacts". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  14. ^ 2010 United States Census Community Data Archived 2012-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "The Metropolitan Opera 14-15 Season Book" (PDF). The Metropolitan Opera. Retrieved 1 September 2015. David Salsbery Fry, Bass (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania)
  16. ^ Clarence Charles Newcomer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.


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