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Levittown, Pennsylvania

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Aerial view of Levittown, Pennsylvania circa 1959
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Aerial view of Levittown, Pennsylvania circa 1959

Levittown is a census-designated place and new town located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 53,966.

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History

Levittown was planned and built by Levitt & Sons. The majority of the land on which it is built was purchased in 1951. The average price is $1,800 per acre ($0.44/m²) for the first 1000 acres (4 km²) of land. Construction on Levittown began in February 1952, a few years after the completion of Levittown, New York. It is the second Levittown built by William Levitt. Levitt is widely credited as the father of the modern American Suburb.

Law and government

Unlike most cities and towns, Levittown, Pennsylvania has no central government if its own. It is not incorporated or organized as a town itself. Rather, the area known as Levittown is located in adjoining parts of 4 separate municipalities: Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, Falls Township, Pennsylvania, Middletown Township, Pennsylvania, and Tullytown Borough, Pennsylvania. Several moves by residents to incorporate Levittown, Pennsylvania as a separate town have fallen through.

Geography

Levittown is located at 40°9'15" North, 74°50'59" West (40.154109, -74.849756)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 26.5 km² (10.2 mi²). 26.3 km² (10.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.59% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 53,966 people, 18,603 households, and 14,510 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 2,050.8/km² (5,309.5/mi²). There are 19,044 housing units at an average density of 723.7/km² (1,873.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 94.36% White, 2.45% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 2.22% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 18,603 households out of which 35.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% are married couples living together, 12.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% are non-families. 17.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.89 and the average family size is 3.28.

In the CDP the population is spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP is $52,514, and the median income for a family is $57,220. Males have a median income of $40,411 versus $29,685 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $20,047. 4.6% of the population and 3.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.6% of those under the age of 18 and 3.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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  • LevittownRelics (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/levittownrelics/index.html)

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