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Source: The Lansdale Reporter, 13 September 1900


CENSUS RETURNS

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The Official Reports Show Handsome Gains in Montgomery

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The census returns for the Second Census District of Pennsylvania, embracing the counties of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware, have been tabulated. Delaware county leaps from 74,000 to 92,000, while Bucks made a gain of only 1200. Chester county falls 3400 short of 100,000, the gain being 7251. Montgomery's gain is nearly twice that of Chester. The population of the four counties is as follows:

- 1900 1890 Gain
Bucks 71,815 70,615 1,200
Chester 96,628 89,377 7,251
Delaware 92,806 74,683 18,193
Montgomery 137,255 123,290 13,965
Totals 398,594 357,965 40,539


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

BOROUGHS

- 1900 1890
Norristown 23,440 19,791
Pottstown 13,961 13,285
Conshohocken 5,765 5,470
Bridgeport 3,097 2,651
Lansdale 2,753 1,858
Royersford 2,607 1,815
Jenkintown 2,094 1,609
West Conshohocken 1,965 1,666
Ambler 1,894 1,073
North Wales 1,288 1,060
Hatboro 1,118 781
Souderton 1,077 679
Pennsburg 1,032 627
East Greenville 894 539
Collegeville 611 ---
Trappe 324 ---
Telford 181 ---

TOWNSHIPS

Abington 4,315 2,703
Cheltenham 6,144 4,746
Douglass 1,650 1,667
Franconia 2,570 2,258
Frederick 1,690 1,850
Hatfield 2,025 1,833
Horsham 1,157 1,239
Limerick 2,250 2,224
Upper and Lower Gwynedd 3,223 2,367
Lower Merion 13,721 10,362
Upper and Lower Pottsgrove 2,007 1,885
Lower Providence 1,625 1,374
Lower Salford 1,763 1,755
Marlboro 1,401 1,151
Montgomery 724 836
Moreland 2,167 1,889
New Hanover 1,611 1,728
Norriton 1,177 1,236
Perkiomen 1,082 1,021
Plymouth 2,063 2,244
Upper Salford 1,665 1,869
Skippack 1,248 1,360
Spingfield 2,400 1,892
Towamencin 1,095 1,140
Upper Dublin 1,933 2,008
Upper Hanover 1,997 1,977
Upper Merion 3,480 3,405
Upper Providence 2,573 3,529
Whitpain 1,142 1,565
Whitemarsh 13,516 ---
Worcester 1,397 1,517

INSTITUTIONS

Norristown Insane Asylum 2,561
Convent of Blessed Sacrament 217
St. Joseph's Female Protectorate 100
Bryn Mawr College 398

Lansdale, with a gain of 859 easily maintains her place as the fifth borough in the county, the per cent. of increase here being greater than at Royersford, which was a close sixth in 1890. A further gain of less than 400 would put Lansdale ahead of Bridgeport and land us in fourth place. Ambler, which was hard pressed by North Wales for ninth place ten years ago is now safely in the lead, as North Wales has gained less than 300 in ten years.

In sixteen townships in Montgomery a decided gain is made, while in fourteen only the population runs behind that of 1890.


BUCKS COUNTY

BOROUGHS

- 1900 1890
Bristol 7,106 6,533
Doylestown 3,034 2,919
Quakertown 3,014 2,169
Perkasie 1,803 458
Newtown 1,463 1,213
Morrisville 1,371 1,203
Sellersville 1,247 794
New Hope 1,218 1,142
Langhorne 1,023 727
Tullytown 528 ---

TOWNSHIPS

Bedminster 2,244 2,385
Bensalem 2,829 2,499
Bridgeton 731 846
Bristol 1,397 1,591
Buckingham 2,506 2,544
Doylestown 1,764 1,733
Durham 1,624 1,783
East Rockhill 1,055 1,660
Falls 1,856 2,463
Haycock 967 1,218
Hilltown 3,170 3,032
Middletown 2,214 2,209
Milford 2,632 2,725
New Britain 1,617 1,701
Newtown 715 759
Nockamixon 1,204 1,420
Northampton 1,522 2,049
Plumstead 2,119 2,336
Richland 1,826 2,088
Solebury 2,082 2,371
Southampton 1,411 1,637
Springfield 2,238 2,351
Tinicum 1,700 2,098
Upper Makefield 1,143 1,236
Warminster 973 696
Warrington 883 820
Warwick 631 709
West Rockhill 1,309 1,193
Wrightstown 755 838
Lower Makefield, including Yardley village 2,871 2,028

Twenty-two of the townships in Bucks county run behind the census of ten years ago, while only eight show a gain in population.

Doylestown, the county seat, shows a gain in ten yeard of but little over 100, and is being hard pressed by Quakertown for second place.


NEIGHBORING COUNTIES

In Delaware county 11 townships show a gain, while nine fall behind the 1890 census. Delaware county's gain is largely in the city of Chester which has advanced from 20,226 to 34,200.

The gain in Chester county's boroughs is noticeable. Spring City which had 1797 inhabitants in 1890, has now 2567.


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