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Encyclopedia > Norristown, Pennsylvania
Borough of Norristown
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Area 3.5 mi² (9.1 km²)
 - land 3.5 mi² (9.1 km²)
 - water 0.0 mi² (0 km²), 0%
Center
 - coordinates 40°07′12″N 75°20′30″W / 40.12, -75.34167Coordinates: 40°07′12″N 75°20′30″W / 40.12, -75.34167
 - elevation 135 ft (41.1 m)
Population 31,282 (2000)
Density 8,871.6 /mi² (3,425.3 /km²)
Government Council-manager
Incorporated 1812
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Norristown in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website : http://www.norristown.org

Norristown is a home rule municipality in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the city limits of Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River. It is the county seat of Montgomery County GR6. Norristown is in a rich agricultural region; in the past, it had extensive manufactures of cigars, tacks, wire, screws, boilers, bolts, silos, tanks, iron, hosiery, knitting machines, underwear, shirts, lumber and milling machinery, paper boxes, rugs, carpets, etc. List of towns and boroughs in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... ‹ The template below (Unit of length) is being considered for deletion. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Eastern Daylight Time or EDT is equal to: In North America, Eastern Standard Time + 1, or UTC − 4 hours. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Area codes 484, 610 and 835 are Commonwealth of Pennsylvania telephone area codes which serve the Southeast region of the state including the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem. ... Image File history File links Pennsylvania_Locator_Map. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_PA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pennsylvania ... Devolution or Home rule is the pooling of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The Schuylkill River, pronounced SKOO-kull (IPA: ), is a river in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Its official name is "Municipality of Norristown", though it was formerly a borough operating under Pennsylvania's Borough Code and is frequently referred to as "the borough" even in statements by its officials. However, since 1986, Norristown has been governed under home rule charters, not under Pennsylvania's Borough Code. The 1986 charter was properly forwarded to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Code [1] The succeeding 2004 home rule charter has not been so published, but may be read at the municipal website [2] Some areas outside the municipality, in the surrounding townships, also have "Norristown, PA" mailing addresses. The entire Municipality of Norristown is within the 19401 ZIP code. Look up Borough in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Norristown was incorporated as a borough in 1812, its population then being about 500. It was enlarged in 1853. In 1900, 22,265 people lived here; in 1910, 27,875; in 1920, 32,319; and in 1940, 38,181, making Norristown the most populous borough in Pennsylvania. As of the 2004 census, Norristown population was 30,873. For the overture by Tchaikovsky, see 1812 Overture; For the wars, see War of 1812 (USA - United Kingdom) or Patriotic War of 1812 (France - Russia) For the Siberia Airlines plane crashed over the Black Sea on October 4, 2001, see Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 1812 was a leap year starting... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Äž: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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History

Norristown was one of the largest communities under Pennsylvania's borough form of government. The borough form of government permitted the city to be protected by volunteer fire departments,as does a Home Rule Charter, for example. Located on the Schuylkill River, it was established as a mill town and as a seat of county government.


At one time Norristown was a retail center for the rural areas outside of Philadelphia. With the growth of suburban communities and large shopping malls including the Plaza at King of Prussia and the Plymouth Meeting Mall in the outlying townships, Norristown’s retail sector steadily declined and eventually collapsed. Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country Commonwealth County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... The Plaza at King of Prussia is part of what is popularly referred to as the King of Prussia Mall, a huge shopping complex in King of Prussia, which is located in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The Plymouth Meeting Mall, owned by PREIT, is located off W. Germantown Pike, approximately 20 miles from Philadelphia. ...


Today the city’s economy is powered by Montgomery County government jobs, the legal profession, and health care. Montgomery Hospital and Norristown State Hospital are located there. While the downtown has suffered in recent years, the residential areas of Norristown remain largely well-maintained. The housing stock in Norristown is unique and remains affordable. Row homes and twin homes are more numerous than single family residences.


The city is a transit center and the Norristown Transportation Center is the terminus of the Norristown High Speed rail line and a stop on the former Reading Railroad Norristown train to Center City Philadelphia (both now are part of the regional transit system called the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). Norristown Transportation Center is a SEPTA transportation center in Norristown, Pennsylvania. ... The Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL), operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority as Route 100 of the Suburban Transit Division, is a hybrid between light rail and heavy rail operating between Norristown Transportation Center and 69th Street Terminal, running entirely on its own right of way, inherited from the... Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Categories: Rail stubs | Philadelphia and Reading Railroad ... SEPTA redirects here. ...


The Norristown Times Herald is the city's daily newspaper, printing Monday through Saturday and serving most of Montgomery County. A Sunday edition is also published. Norristown is steeped in and surrounded by history. Valley Forge National Historical Park is nearby. The city is named for Isaac Norris, a member of the colonial Pennsylvania legislature who ordered the casting of the state house bell that became known as the Liberty Bell. Norris was given a grant of land, then called Williamstadt (William's Town), in honor of one of its founders William Trent who sold the land and went on to help found Trenton, NJ. The Municipality of Norristown and the adjacent Townships of East and West Norriton now occupy this former estate. Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site where the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolutionary War. ... Isaac Norris (July 21, 1671 - June 4, 1735) was a merchant and prominent figure in provincial Pennsylvania, including a mayor of Philadelphia. ... The Liberty Bell. ...


Norristown has a rich musical tradition as it was the home to several famous jazz musicians. Bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius and keyboard legend Jimmy Smith were both born in Norristown. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A young Jimmy Smith, on the 1958 album House Party Jimmy Smith, nicknamed The Incredible Jimmy Smith, (December 8, 1925 – February 8, 2005) was a jazz musician whose Hammond B-3 electric organ performances helped to popularize this instrument. ...

Downtown Norristown

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Geography

Norristown is located at 40°7′12″N, 75°20′30″W (40.119884, -75.341701)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Norristown has a total area of 9.1 km² (3.5 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 31,282 people, 12,028 households, and 7,144 families residing in Norristown. The population density was 3,421.5/km² (8,871.6/mi²). There were 13,531 housing units at an average density of 1,480.0/km² (3,837.4/mi²). The racial makeup was 54.32 % White, 34.80 % Black or African American, 0.20 % Native American, 2.96 % Asian, 0.03 % Pacific Islander, 4.61 % from other races, and 3.07 % from two or more races. 10.49 % of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Of the 12,028 households, 28.7 % include children under the age of 18 living, 33.7 % were married couples living together, 19.8 % have a female householder with no spouse present, and 40.6 % consist of individuals who are not related to one another. The census reports 32.7 % of all households made up of individuals and 9.2 % have someone living alone who is age 65 or older. Norristown’s average household size is 2.52 and the average family size was 3.22. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the municipality° the population covers a broad range of ages with 25.1 % younger than 18 years of age, 10.5 % from 18 to 24 years, 32.6 % from 25 to 44 years, 20.1 % from 45 to 64 years, and 11.8 % who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.


The median income for a household was $35,714, and the median income for a family was $42,357. Males had a median income of $32,113 versus $26,746 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,977. Norristown’s population includes 17.2 % living below the poverty line. Of the families, 13.5 % have incomes that are below the poverty line. 23.6 % of those under the age of 18 and 13.8 % of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Politics and government

Norristown has a manager/council form of government a seven-member municipal council. The office of mayor was abolished in July 2004 after a corruption scandal which led to the conviction of several borough officials and mayor Ted LeBlanc.


The municipality is part of the Sixth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Jim Gerlach), the 149th and 150th State House Districts (represented by Rep. Jay Moyer and Rep. Mike Vereb) and the 17th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Constance Williams). The 6th Congressional District was substantially redrawn in the 2002 redistricting. ... James Jim Gerlach (born February 25, 1955) is a politician from the state of Pennsylvania, currently representing the states 6th congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives. ...


Ethnic Communities

The census count of Hispanics in Norristown is thought to be a vast understatement because of the increasing number of illegal immigrants, many of whom are fearful of deportation should they participate in government surveys. Mexican workers from the state of Puebla have found residence in the borough for its affordable housing stock and proximity to construction, service sector, and landscaping jobs in the wealthy suburbs that surround it. Norristown enjoys a mix of many cultures along with African Americans, Mexican Americans, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, Dominican Americans, and Puerto Ricans that can be seen in its ethnic neighborhoods. There is also a visible Jamaican-American community. Norristown had been in population decline for much of the second half of the 20th century, many look to immigrants as vital to the borough's revitalization. The local government accepts Mexican Matrícula Consular cards as valid identification, in an effort to prevent immigrants from being marginalized in the community or becoming the victim of criminals who know that the undocumented have no legal recourses. Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... Illegal immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently, in violation of the law or without documents permitting an immigrant to settle in that country. ... The Mexican state of Puebla is located in the center of the country, to the east of Mexico City. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The ethnonym Mexican-American describes United States citizens of Mexican ancestry (14 million in 2003) and Mexican citizens who reside in the US (10 million in 2003). ... An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent either born in America or someone who has immigrated. ... Irish population density in the United States, 1872. ... A Dominican American[1] is an immigrant or descendant of immigrants from the Dominican Republic to the United States. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... The Matrícula Consular (Consular Registration) is an identification card issued by the Government of Mexico through its consulate offices. ...


Points of Interest

The Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania provides year-round admission to a collection of over 300 animals representing 100 species in 80 acres of exhibits. ... Norristown Farm Park is a 690 acre (2. ...

Notable Individuals from Norristown

Geno Auriemma (born March 23, 1954 in Montella, Italy) is the head coach of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies womens basketball team. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Connecticut Huskies, also known as the UConn Huskies, are the athletic teams of the University of Connecticut. ... Maria Elaine Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress. ... Steve Bono with the St. ... Peter Lawrence Boyle (October 18, 1935 – December 12, 2006)[1][2] was an Emmy Award-winning American actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. ... Everybody Loves Raymond is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS from 1996 to 2005. ... Young Frankenstein is a 1974 comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder as the title character. ... Werner Hans Erhard (born John “Jack” Paul Rosenberg on September 5, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), [11] became arguably best known to the general public for the programs he set up: the “est Training” (1971 – 1981) and the “Forum” (1981 – 1991). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Large Group Awareness Training. ... Portrait of Winfield S. Hancock during the Civil War Winfield Scott Hancock (February 14, 1824 – February 9, 1886) was a career U.S. Army officer who served with distinction as a general in the American Civil War and ran unsuccessfully for President of the United States in 1880. ... Tommy Lasorda, 2006 photo by Phil Konstantin Thomas Charles Lasorda (born September 22, 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League baseball pitcher and manager. ... More than one notable individual is named or has been named Andrew Lewis: Andrew Lewis, contemporary Canadian politician Andrew Lewis, 18th century American general Andrew Lewis, American soccer player Andrew Six-Heads Lewis, Guyanese boxer. ... The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation. ... Lowe in the Intrepid observing at Battle of Fair Oaks Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe (born Jefferson, New Hampshire, August 20, 1832–died Pasadena, California, January 18, 1913) was an American aeronaut, scientist and inventor. ... This article is about the Representative from New Jersey. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... New Jerseys First Congressional District is currently represented by Democrat Rob Andrews. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michael Pillow biter Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... Stephen and Timothy Quay (born 17 June 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania), identical twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay or Quay Brothers , are influential stop-motion animators. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Bill Schonely was the National Basketball Associations Portland Trail Blazers first play-by-play announcer, starting with the team in 1970. ... Richard S. Schweiker Richard Schultz Schweiker (born June 1, 1926) is a former U.S. Congressman and Senator representing the state of Pennsylvania. ... Jerry Spinelli (b. ... A young Jimmy Smith, on the 1958 album House Party Jimmy Smith, nicknamed The Incredible Jimmy Smith, (December 8, 1925 – February 8, 2005) was a jazz musician whose Hammond B-3 electric organ performances helped to popularize this instrument. ... Kellee Stewart is an American film and television actress. ... Ralph Beaver Strassburger (March 26, 1883 - March 5, 1959) was an American businessman born in Norristown, Pennsylvania who was also a prominent Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. ... John Franklin Street (born October 15, 1943) is the 97th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ...

Books with References to Norristown

Maniac Magee is a novel written by Jerry Spinelli and was published in 1990. ... The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. ...

See also

Combatants Pennsylvania militia Great Britain Commanders John Lacey Charles Cornwallis Strength Unknown Unknown Casualties Unknown Unknown The Battle of Matsons Ford was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought December 11, 1777 in the area surrounding Matsons Ford (present-day Conshohocken and West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania). ...

References

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all members of both houses of the United States Congress, past and present. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Sources

  • "Mexican immigrants boost a growing Latino population" by Patrick Kerkstra, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 25, 2003.
  • "Norristown ready to recognize Mexican IDs" by Stephen O'Toole, Norristown Times Herald, December 30, 2002.

Publications

  • Theodore Heysham, Norristown, 1812-1912 (Norristown, 1913)

Further reading


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Norristown, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1132 words)
Norristown is a home rule municipality located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 17 miles (27 km) west by north of Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River, USA.
Norristown is in a rich agricultural region; in the past, it had extensive manufactures of cigars, tacks, wire, screws, boilers, bolts, silos, tanks, iron, hosiery, knitting machines, underwear, shirts, lumber and milling machinery, paper boxes, rugs, carpets, etc. Norristown was incorporated as a borough in 1812, its population then being about 500.
The census count of Hispanics in Norristown is thought to be a vast understatement because of the increasing number of illegal immigrants, many of whom are fearful of deportation should they participate in government surveys.
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