Location of Conshohocken in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Forty-nine years ago, Conshohocken leaders began crafting a comprehensive plan to transform the grimy old mill town into a modern, livable municipality, albeit a small one.
At just over one square mile, Conshohocken is shoehorned into a bend of the Schuylkill River, but is within earshot of I-476 and the Schuylkill Expressway, two of the region’s major arteries.
It took several decades, but between the vision of past leaders and the impact of that pair of highways, Conshohocken has become one of the region’s hottest neighborhoods, with sleek condo towers, destination restaurants and corporate headquarters along the waterfront, and a locally owned, family-friendly strip of restaurants, bars, and stores along Fayette Street.
Over the last decade, Conshohocken’s population has grown younger, wealthier and whiter, according to U.S. Census data.
Results include cities, boroughs, townships and municipalities. Townships have codes beside them to indicate what major city they are near PHL (Philadelphia) HBG (Harrisburg) LANC (Lancaster) RDG (Reading) PGH (PIttsburgh) ABE (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton).
Lancaster County has enjoyed a steady growth pattern for four decades. Since the 2000 census, Lancaster County’s population has increased 7.9%. The latest population estimate puts Lancaster County’s population at 507,766 ranking the county as the sixth largest in Pennsylvania.
The Lancaster Metropolitan Area is made up entirely of Lancaster County. Prior to the latest increase, Metropolitan Lancaster was the 101st largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city of Lancaster, population 56,348 (2000 census), is the eight largest city in Pennsylvania.
The new 19 story Marriott Hotel, site of the former Watt & Shand Department store, enhances the skyline.
THIS IS PRETTY BASIC ADVICE; BUT, IN TODAY’S TIMES, I CAN SEE IT COULD LEAVE AN OPEN DOOR FOR PASSING OUT YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION.
WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau
Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers by Susan Johnson
With the U. S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative,but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U. S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually,
more than 140,000 U. S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.
The big question is – how do you tell the difference between a U. S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:
If a U. S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U. S. Census. REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.
While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees
solicit donations. Anyone asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.
AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau. Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail,or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.
Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U. S. Census Bureau.