New Hope, Pennsylvania

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New Hope is a borough located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 2,252.



New Hope is located at 40°21'37" North, 74°57'26" West (40.360312, -74.957203)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.7 km² (1.4 mi²). 3.3 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 11.19% water. Much of this is the Delaware River.

The borough is located at the confluence of the Delaware River and Aquetong Creek, which begins in Solebury township at Ingham Springs, the most productive spring in southeastern Pennsylvania, about two miles from its mouth. The name "Aquetong" comes from a local Indian word meaning "place of the pine trees," a reference to the pine forest that the creek runs through at the beginning of its route. Near its end, the creek forms a scenic waterfall near the Bucks County Playhouse, a former mill powered by the flow of water.

The area features low, rolling hills, and much is forested. The compact township contains much of the population.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission operates two bridges over the Delaware River between New Hope and Lambertville, New Jersey. One is a free, two-lane bridge between the two towns. The other, which carries U.S. Highway 202, is a modern toll bridge.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 2,252 people, 1,160 households, and 506 families residing in the borough. The population density is 684.6/km² (1,770.9/mi²). There are 1,251 housing units at an average density of 380.3/km² (983.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 94.94% White, 1.11% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.87% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,160 households out of which 16.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% are married couples living together, 4.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 56.3% are non-families. 41.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.94 and the average family size is 2.74.

In the borough the population is spread out with 15.5% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 37.3% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 115.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 121.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough is $60,833, and the median income for a family is $87,868. Males have a median income of $49,750 versus $46,700 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $45,309. 6.0% of the population and 6.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.6% of those under the age of 18 and 11.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

More informally, the population contains many artists and, arguably, former hippies. The notably liberal area has a substantial gay community.


The primary industry of New Hope is tourism. On weekends the streets are crowded with tourists visiting the many restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, or just strolling along the river.

The Bucks County Playhouse is located in New Hope and features a constant stream of plays and musical productions. It is located in an attractive historic building.


There is also a steam-powered tourist railroad that operates on weekends. Visit for more information on the New Hope Ivyland Railroad.


In nearby Upper Makefield George Washington crossed the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War.

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