Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

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Willow Grove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles north of Philadelphia. The population was 16,234 at the 2000 census. Willow Grove was once known for Willow Grove Park, an amusement park that was open from 1896 to 1976, now the site of Willow Grove Park Mall.

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove is located northwest of the Willow Grove CDP in Horsham Township.[1] NAS JRB Willow Grove will continue operating through 2010, and closure will occur by September 2011.[citation needed]



Willow Grove is located at 40°08′46″N 75°07′00″W / 40.146109°N 75.116641°W / 40.146109; -75.116641 (40.146109, -75.116641).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²) of it is land and 0.28% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 16,234 people, 6,389 households, and 4,255 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,485.7 people per square mile (1,731.5/km²). There were 6,582 housing units at an average density of 1,818.7/sq mi (702.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.57% White, 6.58% African American, 0.09% Native American, 3.06% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

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