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Borough of Lansdale
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Coordinates 40°14′31″N 75°17′03″W / 40.24194°N 75.28417°W / 40.24194; -75.28417
Area 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 16,071 (2000)
Density 5,245.8 /sq mi (2,025.4 /km2)
Government Council-manager
Mayor Andrew Szekely
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Location of Lansdale in Montgomery County
Location of Lansdale in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.lansdale.org

Lansdale is also the surname of American author Joe R. Lansdale, and of Vietnam-era Major General Edward Lansdale.

Lansdale is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Early in the twentieth century, its industries included agricultural implement works, a canning factory, foundries, brickyards, a silk mill, and manufacturers of cigars, stoves, shirts, rope, iron drain pipe, and glue. In 1900, 2,754 people lived here; in 1910, 3,551; and in 1940, 9,316 people were inhabitants of Lansdale. The population was 16,071 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Lansdale is located at 40°14′31″N 75°17′3″W / 40.24194°N 75.28417°W / 40.24194; -75.28417 (40.241956, -75.284083)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.1 square miles (7.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 8,379
1940 9,316 11.2%
1950 9,762 4.8%
1960 12,612 29.2%
1970 18,451 46.3%
1980 16,526 −10.4%
1990 16,362 −1.0%
2000 16,071 −1.8%
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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,071 people, 6,620 households, and 4,051 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,245.8 people per square mile (2,027.8/km²). There were 6,893 housing units at an average density of 2,250.0/sq mi (869.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.40% White, 3.94% African American, 0.09% Native American, 7.98% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 6,620 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $46,232, and the median income for a family was $54,891. Males had a median income of $40,009 versus $29,825 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,096. About 4.1% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Politics and government

Lansdale has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a nine-member borough council. Mayor Michael DiNunzio recently stepped down from his long time position as mayor, he was first elected in 1982. On Wednesday June 4, 2008, local chiropractor Andrew Szekely was appointed by council resolution to serve the remaining 18 months of the term. Mr. Szekely will serve until January 2010[3]. The Borough Manager is Lee F. Mangan.

The borough is part of the Thirteenth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Allyson Schwartz), Pennsylvania's 53rd Representative District (represented by Rep. Robert Godshall) and the 24th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Rob Wonderling).

Schools

K-6 public elementary schools in Lansdale include Knapp Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Walton Farm Elementary, and York Avenue Elementary. St. Stanislaus School is a Catholic K-8 school. Penndale Middle School serves grades 7-9. Lansdale area high schools include Lansdale Catholic High School, Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, and North Penn High School. The latter two high schools are located outside Lansdale Borough in neighboring Towamencin Township.

Culture

Lansdale is home to the Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts, which opened its inaugural season on September 25, 2009 with a performance by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The first phase of the center is a 240-seat chamber music hall. The reception area also serves as an art gallery. A second phase is planned, which would include a second hall that would be twice as large as the existing hall. The center is located in the building that once served as Lansdale's Masonic Temple. [4]

An episode of the Fox television series Fringe, which aired on September 24, 2009, was set in Lansdale. The scenes that took place in Lansdale were filmed in British Columbia, and the town was depicted as a rural area consisting primarily of corn fields and not as the densely populated suburban town that it actually is.[5]

Kugel ball

The Kugel Ball

Lansdale is home to a Kugel ball, which is a dark grey granite sphere supported by a very thin film of water pumped from beneath its base.[6]. The Kugel Ball is located in Railroad Plaza, adjacent to the SEPTA R5 train station in downtown Lansdale. The plaza consists of a bricked patio with benches centered around the Kugel Ball and closes at 11:00 pm.[7]

History

Lansdale was named for Phillip Lansdale Fox, chief surveyor of the North Penn Railroad. By the naming conventions of the time, it should have been called Jenkintown, since the land immediately surrounding the train station was owned by the Jenkins family, but there was already a town by that name along the rail line.

According to legend, Lansdale was once home to the mysterious H tree, which stood on a 12 foot hill. There were supposedly 3 H trees in the whole world, which were thought to be the entrances to hell. One would have to circle one of the trees six times, and jump off the cliff, and the ground would open up and take you to hell. The H tree was cut down to make room for housing development. This has been featured in the book "Weird Pennsylvania."[8]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Lansdale include:

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ TheReporterOnline.com June 5 2008
  4. ^ Stearns, David Patrick "Lansdale's new place for an array of arts", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 29, 2009. Accessed September 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Stanley, Chris "TV's Lansdale ", The Reporter Blogs, September 24, 2009. Accessed September 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Kugel Ball FAQ Retrieved on 18 September 2007
  7. ^ "Clute's Kugel". http://www.clutebarrownelson.org/kugel.html. Retrieved 2007-09-18.  
  8. ^ Lake, Matt (July 25, 2005). Weird Pennsylvania. Sterling Publishing. pp. 18. ISBN 1402732791. http://books.google.com/books?id=G5VdDdAd5rMC&pg=PP1&dq=weird+pennsylvania&sig=4xKt8WagMz2XD0smGYNRRPvFFs8.  
  9. ^ Hevesi, Dennis "Ralph F. Hirschmann, Leading Scientist on Early Enzyme Research, Dies at 87", The New York Times, July 18, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2009.

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