Chalfont, Pennsylvania

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Chalfont is a home rule municipality located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,977 at the 2000 census.

Chalfont is named after Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire, England. Chalfont was the home of William Penn's first wife, and William Penn is buried at Jordans Quaker Meeting House near Chalfont St Giles.

The Chalfont Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains many American colonial and Victorian-style houses. Several of these are former residences which are currently occupied by businesses and are concentrated near the intersection of Butler Avenue (U.S. Route 202) and North Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 152) and extend along North Main Street.

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Geography

Chalfont is located at 40°17′23″N 75°12′37″W / 40.28972°N 75.21028°W / 40.28972; -75.21028 (40.289739, -75.210241)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²), all of it land. The center of town is relatively flat. As you travel North through town, you will come across various hills, forests, and farm land. Located about two miles outside of the center of town is Lake Galena, a man-made lake that was once the location of a lead mine. This park, known as Peace Valley, provides the residents of Chalfont and surrounding towns a place to bicycle, jog, fish, canoe, and go sail boating. The center of town, as well as the Western and Eastern areas of town, are very residential and developed. There are many sidewalks throughout town to utilize as well. However, traffic along 202 going through town can be notoriously bad, especially around rush hour. A train station in town provides a way around this traffic, with service to and from Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,977 people, 1,382 households, and 1,039 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,365.8 people per square mile (912.6/km²). There were 1,404 housing units at an average density of 851.7/sq mi (328.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.56% White, 1.15% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

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