Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

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Blue Bell is a census-designated place (CDP) in Whitpain Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, its population was 6,395.

Blue Bell was originally known as Pigeontown, Pennsylvania, after the large flocks of the now-extinct passenger pigeons that once gathered there. The town was renamed in 1840 after the historically prominent Blue Bell Inn.

Blue Bell is known for its large executive-style homes, major business parks, small community shopping facilities, and small businesses. In July 2005, Money magazine ranked Blue Bell 14th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live in the United States".[1]



Blue Bell is located at 40°8′41″N 75°16′8″W / 40.14472°N 75.26889°W / 40.14472; -75.26889 (40.144759, -75.268752)[2]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.0 km²), all of it land.

While the CDP of Blue Bell proper consists of an area roughly centered upon the namesake Inn[3], in recent years the name "Blue Bell" has become informally synonymous with the larger surrounding area within the 19422 zip code, including the communities of Center Square and Belfry.

The boundary between area codes 215 and 610 runs through Blue Bell's center.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,395 people, 1,424 households, and 1,827 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,183.0 people per square mile (456.4/km²). There were 2,503 housing units at an average density of 463.0/sq mi (178.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.32% White, 6.52% Asian, 2.42% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.22% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

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