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A Historic Glance at Langhorne, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Langhorne, PA, present this article to share some detailed historical information about the area.

Langhorne is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The borough spans 0.49 square miles and hosts approximately 1,622 with a population density of 3,211 per square mile. The borough is entirely composed of land and covers ZIP codes 19047 and 19053.


In the 17th century, Langhorne was found at the intersection of older Lenni-Lenape paths. The earliest settlers were three dutch and two British settlers who arrived in the 18th century. By the later 18th and early 19th century, the road from Bristol grew into an important transportation center between Trenton and Philadelphia. With such important transportation of services in the area, eventually, trade and travelers contributed to the area's development.

Soon enough, Langhorne because the stagecoach transportation hub of Bucks County and was later known as Richardsons Corner.

Before the area was named Langhorne, the community became known as Attleborough.

Issac Hicks set out a plan for "Washington's Square in Attleborough" in November of 1783. The name stuck until 1876, when the area was incorporated and renamed after Jeremiah Langhorne, a prominent landowner and former chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Langhorne was introduced to the railroad in 1876, and residents of Attleborough and Hulmeville debated over what the name of the station should be. After much deliberation and consideration, the President of the North Pennsylvania Railroad, Franklin A. Comly, settled the matter and named the station Langhorne.

In 1835, Langhorne became home to the Minerva Seminary, Attleborough High School, Attleboro Academy, and Bellevue Institute. Some notable persons attended Bellevue including, Samuel J. Randall, a member of the United States House of Representatives (1875-1890) and Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives (1876-1881).

Langhorne continued to grow and develop over the late 19th century and early 20th century. Residents built stunning homes and properties across the area, particularly along Maple and Bellevue Avenue.

Today, a few properties in Langhorne are listed on the National Register of Historic Places including,

  • Langhorne Library, built in 1888
  • Joseph Richardson House, built in 1738
  • Tomlinson-Huddleston House, built in 1783


According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the borough of Langhorne's racial demographic was as follows:

  • 86.4% White
  • 8.0% Black or African American
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 1.5% Asian
  • 1.5% were two or more races
  • 2.3% Hispanic or Latino ancestry

The median household income in the neighborhood is $75,417 and the average household size is 2.40. Male and female residential income were relatively similar, with Male median income standing at $48,125 versus a $31,759 female. In 2010, approximately 3.0% of the population was below the poverty line.


Residents of Langhorne live a comfortable suburban lifestyle. This neighborhood is ideal for growing families with proximity to highly rated public schools such as Neshaminy High School, Hoover Elementary School, and Maple Point Middle School.

The majority of residents (55%) own their homes, and the median home value stands at $355,400, well above the national average of $217,500.

Langhorne has been rated #55 (of 1,292) in Best Places to Retire in Pennsylvania and  #152 (of 703) in Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in Pennsylvania.

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 4, 2021
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