West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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West Conshohocken is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,462 in 1880; 2,482 in 1950; 1,516 in 1980; 1,294 in 1990; and 1,446 at the 2000 census.

Its sister community is Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, located across the Schuylkill River. Montgomery County's seat, Norristown, is located approximately one mile north of West Conshohocken.

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History

West Conshohocken Borough was incorporated October 6, 1874 from land taken almost equally from the Townships of Lower and Upper Merion. As a river borough, there existed a large number of mills and other industries utilizing water power. The Dougherty Quarry was a prosperous business, producing stone of superior quality known as Conshohocken or Merion Blue. It was much sought after for public buildings, and was shipped by rail throughout the East before supplies were exhausted in the mid-twentieth century.

Today, with its proximity to highways PA-76 and I-476 (Blue Route), this small borough and its sister Conshohocken Borough have experienced moderate office and retail development.

Geography

West Conshohocken is located at 40°4′10″N 75°18′57″W / 40.06944°N 75.31583°W / 40.06944; -75.31583 (40.069509, -75.315755)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (4.49%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,446 people, 600 households, and 342 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,701.4 people per square mile (656.8/km²). There were 633 housing units at an average density of 744.8/sq mi (287.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.91% White, 2.84% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

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