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A Brief History of Southampton, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Southampton, PA, sponsor this article to present readers with a detailed excerpt about the area.

Southampton is an unincorporated community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The community offer residents a comfortable lifestyle 18 miles from the center of Philadelphia. Southampton belongs to ZIP code 18966 and area codes 215, 267, and 445.

History

The town of Southampton is named after Southampton, England, where European settlers who followed William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, were originally from. Before European settlers arrived, the land was occupied by the Lenni Lenape Indians, a Native American tribe.

When William Penn found the land, he attempted to ensure peaceful coexistence by buying the land with Wampum, a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodlands tribe, and useful tools such as fish hooks, axes, and knives.

By June 23, 1683, the land was entirely sold to William Penn by the Lenni-Lenape Chief, Tamanend.

In 1685, Southampton was recognized by the Provincial Council as a township, and the town's boundaries were extended towards Bensalem.

Following William Penn's land acquisition, many Quaker English settlers fleeing from religious persecution found the area. The Quakers quickly became the prominent population in the area and formed the Southampton Baptist Church in 1746.

By the 18th century, Dutch colonists found the land, and the farmlands and farming lifestyle began to flourish. During the turn of the century, roads were beginning to be constructed and mainly used Second Street Pike to carry produce and products from Southampton into Philadelphia.

By the 1870s, the railroad extended to Southampton, bringing increased demand for Southampton farmer's milk and produce. The area continued to flourish and continued to develop in the 20th century when electricity was introduced.

The town embraced development, and today is a flourishing modern neighborhood that still holds its small-town feel.

Township Demographics

Today, the town of Southampton belongs to Upper Southampton Township in Pennsylvania. The township hosts a population of 15,018. Southampton is considered a favorable place to live in Bucks County offering residents easy access to local restaurants and parks, including Tamanend Upper Southampton Park.

The population is largely comprised of homeowners (82%) with a median home value well above the national average ($217,500) at $334,400. A minority of residents in the township are renters (18%), and the median rent is $1,412.

The township's population is split evenly amongst female residents (50%) and male residents (50%), with a median age of 42.8.

The township's racial and ethnic demographic is as follows:

  • 96.9% White
  • 0.8% Black or African American
  • 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 1.5% Asian
  • 0.5% Asian Indian
  • 0.3% Chinese
  • 0.2% Filipino
  • 0.3% Korean
  • 0.1% Vietnamese
  • 0.1% Other Asian

The residents of Southampton's median household income is above the national average ($62,843) at $85,963, and the median individual income is $41,245.

The unemployment rate in Upper Southampton is 2.4%, and the poverty rate is 4.3%.

Upper Southampton is considered a favorable place to live and has ranked:

  • #258 (of 1,292) in Best Places to Retire in Pennsylvania
  • #394 (of 702) in Suburbs with the Best Public Schools in Pennsylvania
  • #437 (of 702) in Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Pennsylvania

If you're looking to visit a town rich in history with a small-town feel and tight-knit community, then look no further than Southampton, PA.

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Date Published: June 1, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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