Information about Norristown, Pennsylvania
Norristown occupies just 3.5 square miles of land area and had a population of 34,484 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Norristown had a diverse population at the time of the 2010 census, with nearly 41% of residents identifying as white alone, nearly 36 percent as black or African American alone and more than 28 percent as Hispanic. The median household income in Norristown was $42,296 for the period 2010-2014; this was significantly lower than the Pennsylvania median of $53,115.
Norristown is home to the Elmwood Park Zoo, which features more than 100 animals native to North America, including jaguars, cougars, wolves, bison, elk, otters, prairie dogs, bobcats, eagles, alligators and owls. Residents and visitors also can fish and boat on the Schuylkill River, hike and bike along the Schuylkill River Trail or learn to dragon boat in Riverfront Park. The Montgomery County Cultural Center in Norristown hosts the Iron Age and Center theaters, and the Norristown Arts Hill Arts and Cultural District is home to numerous artists and performers.
Educational Opportunities Near Norristown
While there are no postsecondary schools in Norristown (other than the Professional Academy of Cosmetology, a for-profit school), several of the top regional universities in the North can be found within 15 miles. These include Villanova, St. Joseph's and LaSalle universities, ranked 1st, 15th and 26th, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other schools within a short commute include Ursinus College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Bryn Mawr College and Montgomery County Community College. Haverford College, ranked the 12th best liberal arts college in the country for 2016, is just over 7 miles away.
Per 2012 census data, health care and social assistance held about 3,550 jobs, while administrative and support and waste management and remediation services held approximately 1,700 jobs.
A notable employer is the Norristown State Hospital, which is a psychiatric hospital serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The municipality also is home to the Norristown Transportation Center (NTC), a regional public transportation hub operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, more commonly known as SEPTA. In addition to providing jobs in Norristown itself, the NTC allows residents an easy commute to Center City Philadelphia and other nearby cities and towns.