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Perkasie is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles (56 km) north of Philadelphia. Establishments in the borough early in the twentieth century included silk mills, baseballs, brickyards, lumber mills, tile works, a stone crusher, and manufacturies of cigars, tags and labels, wire novelties, etc. The population in 1900 was 1,803; in 1910, 2,779 people lived in Perkasie. The population was 8,828 at the 2000 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 6.7 km² (2.6 mi²). 6.7 km² (2.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.38% is water

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 8,828 people, 3,294 households, and 2,338 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,316.0/km² (3,408.9/mi²). There were 3,378 housing units at an average density of 503.6/km² (1,304.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.77% White, 0.59% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 3,294 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $39,413. Males had a median income of $22,388 versus $18,323 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,986. About 25.2% of families and 28.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 40.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The borough’s nearest airport is located just north of the center of town, and is actually just on the other side of the East Rockhill Township border. Pennridge Airport is a public general aviation airport with one 4200-foot-long runway.

The borough is bordered by a state road on each side: PA 563 to the north; PA 313 to the east; PA 113 to the south; and PA 309 to the east. PA 152 runs right through the middle. I-476, I-276, and I-76 are the nearest interstates.