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Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Bucks County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population is 597,635. Its county seat is Doylestown6.

This county is part of the Delaware Valley area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,611 km² (622 mi²). 1,573 km² (607 mi²) of it is land and 38 km² (15 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.37% water.

History

Bucks County was one of the three original counties in Pennsylvania. Bucks County was named by William Penn in 1682 in honor of Buckinghamshire England, the ancestral home of the Penn family. Penn's home, Pennsbury Manor, is also located within the county. The county seat of Doylestown, Pennsylvania was incorporated in 1838.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 597,635 people, 218,725 households, and 160,981 families residing in the county. The population density is 380/km² (984/mi²). There are 225,498 housing units at an average density of 143/km² (371/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 92.46% White, 3.26% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 2.34% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 218,725 households out of which 35.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% are married couples living together, 8.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% are non-families. 21.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.17.

In the county, the population is spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.40 males.

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