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
Location of Mount Joy in Lancaster County
Borough of Mount Joy is located in Pennsylvania
Borough of Mount Joy
Borough of Mount Joy
Location of Mount Joy in Pennsylvania
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
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,410
 • Density 3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17552
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]

Mount Joy is often named in lists of "delightfully-named towns" in Pennsylvania Dutchland, along with Intercourse, Blue Ball, Lititz, Bareville, Bird-in-Hand and Paradise.[1][2][3][4][5]

The name is often shortened to Mt Joy, as in Mencken (1963),[5] but this is incorrect, since the "mount" in Mount Joy does not refer to a mountain. The town's name is actually derived from the sailing ship that the original settlers traveled across the Atlantic in, a replica of which is mounted along Main Street in current day Mount Joy.

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).[6]

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 Appalachians.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,729
1870 1,896 9.7%
1880 2,058 8.5%
1890 1,848 −10.2%
1900 2,018 9.2%
1910 2,166 7.3%
1920 2,192 1.2%
1930 2,716 23.9%
1940 2,855 5.1%
1950 3,006 5.3%
1960 3,292 9.5%
1970 5,041 53.1%
1980 5,680 12.7%
1990 6,398 12.6%
2000 6,765 5.7%
2010 7,410 9.5%
Est. 2014 8,008 [7] 8.1%

The 2010 United States Census reports the following demographics for Mount Joy Borough:[11]

  • 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

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Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Rand McNally and Company (1978) p.52
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ a b "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ 2010 United States Census Community Data
  12. ^ "The Metropolitan Opera 14-15 Season Book" (PDF). The Metropolitan Opera. Retrieved 1 September 2015. David Salsbery Fry, Bass (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania) 
  13. ^ Clarence Charles Newcomer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

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