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Telford, Pennsylvania

Borough of Telford
The former Reading Railroad and SEPTA station in Telford.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Bucks, Montgomery
Elevation 423 ft (128.9 m)
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 4,872 (2010)
Density 4,872.0 / sq mi (1,881.1 / km2)
Settled 1719
 - Incorporated 1886
Mayor Jay R. Stover
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 18969
Area code 215
Location of Telford in Montgomery County
Location of Telford in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Telford is a borough in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 4,872 at the time of the 2010 census.[1] Of this, 2,665 were in Montgomery County, and 2,207 were in Bucks County.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Transportation 3
    • Former train station 3.1
  • Demographics 4
  • Politics and government 5
    • U.S. House of Representatives 5.1
    • Pennsylvania State Senate 5.2
    • Pennsylvania House of Representatives 5.3
  • Famous residents 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Originally inhabited by the Lenape people, the area surrounding Telford began to be settled in 1719 by Mennonites from the Palatinate of the Rhine. In 1857, the town known as County Line (the area had previously been known as Hendrick’s Blacksmith) changed its name to Telford after the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company named their new station located there after the civil engineer Thomas Telford.

The Borough of Telford was incorporated by decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Bucks County of November 10, 1886.[2] A decade later, The Borough of West Telford was incorporated by decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Montgomery County of December 27, 1897.[3] In 1934, the respective boroughs entered into an agreement for consolidation,[4] and an election was held on this question on November 6, 1934. The voters of both boroughs approved the agreement, and on January 11, 1935, Governor Gifford Pinchot issued letters patent consolidating the two boroughs into the current Borough of Telford.[5]


Telford is located at (40.324786, -75.328045),[6] elevation 449 feet (136.9 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²). None of the area is covered with water.


Pennsylvania Route 563 and 309 both pass near Telford. Main Street, one of the main roads in the borough, runs along the Bucks-Montgomery County line.

Former train station

Former train station
  Former services  
Preceding station   SEPTA   Following station
  Former services  
Bethlehem Line
R5 Bethlehem
toward Allentown

The SEPTA R5 line once served Telford. The service ceased in 1981 after all diesel services were cancelled.

Historically, a rail line which was formally Reading Company's Bethlehem Branch runs north-south through Telford connecting to Perkasie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem to the north and Souderton, Hatfield, and Lansdale to the south. The line was used by the SEPTA Lansdale/Doylestown Line until the late 1970s. The tracks are still used for the transport of freight between Lansdale and Quakertown, and beyond. The line is used for occasional scenic rail trips, and resumption of passenger service to Quakertown is being considered. Telford is also the via point location for Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad out of Lansdale and East Penn Railroad out of Quakertown.

SEPTA bus route 132 starts in Telford and ends in Montgomeryville.


As of the census[9] of 2000, 4,681 people, 1,930 households, and 1,200 families resided in the borough. The population density was 4,618.2 people per square mile (1,789.1/km²). The 1,977 housing units averaged 1,950.9 per square mile (755.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.48% White, 1.30% Black, 0.02% Native American, 3.76% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.61% of the population.

Of the 1,930 households, 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were not families. About 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the borough, the population was distributed as 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,451, and for a family was $56,809. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $28,387 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,075. About 2.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

In 2008, the median household income was estimated at $58,350 (it was $45,451 in 2000).

In 2008, the estimated house or condo value was $256,582 (compared to $130,300 in 2000). In 2008, the per capita income was $28,979.

Politics and government

The borough is represented by the following officials:

U.S. House of Representatives

Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Famous residents


  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Telford borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Miscellaneous Docket 2, Pages 67-70, 72-73. Clerk of Courts of Bucks County, Pa. (Doylestown, Pa.). Available at the Mercer Museum (Doylestown, Pa.)
  3. ^ Miscellaneous Book 43, Pages 198-201 (recorded December 28, 1897). Recorder of Deeds of Montgomery County, Pa. (Norristown, Pa.).
  4. ^ Ordinance 45, Borough of West Telford (Pa.). Souderton [Pa.] Independent, Thursday, September 13, 1934, p. 10.
  5. ^ Charter Book 3, Pages 3-4 (recorded November 2, 1938). Recorder of Deeds of Montgomery County, Pa. (Norristown, Pa.).
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

External links

  • Borough of Telford Official Website
  • Souderton-Telford Main Streets
  • - Community Website for Telford, Souderton and Surrounding Areas
  • - Community Website for Bucks County, PA
  • - Community Website for Montgomery County, PA
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