Bucks County, located in Pennsylvania, is home to 646,538 people according to the United States Census Bureau. Founded by William Penn in 1682, the county is bordered by Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Northampton County, and Lehigh County. The county's official flag features a gold emblem on a blue background with a gold border. General George Washington and his troops camped in Bucks County while preparing to cross the Delaware River to take Trenton, New Jersey by surprise on December 26, 1776. James Gould Cozzens used Doylestown as a model for the setting of two novels and is considered a Bucks County artist. The southern third of Bucks County, often referred to as Lower Bucks, is located on the Atlantic coastal plain and is the most populated and industrialized area in the county.
This region is flat and close to sea level. The northern two-thirds of the county is much more conservative and would move to District 24, a seat held by Republican Bob Mensch for 18 years.
Bucks County PoliticsBucks County has been swept away by the general Democratic trend that has spread across the Philadelphia area in presidential elections. However, this trend has been less pronounced than in Delaware and Montgomery counties. The traditional seal of Bucks County takes its design from William Penn's inspiration. The Bucks County Library System was founded in 1956 by a resolution of the Bucks County Commissioners.
Local print publications include Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, The Advance of Bucks County, Bucks County Herald, Bucks County Town and Country Living, Radius Magazine, Yardley Voice, Morrisville Times, Newtown Gazette, Northampton Herald, Langhorne Ledger, Lower Southampton Spirit, New Hope News, Doylestown Observer, Warwick Journal, and Fairless Focus. Online news publications include Levittown Now, Bucks County Beacon, NewtownPanow, Bucks Happening, and New Hope Free Press. Bucks County forms part of the northern boundary of the Philadelphia—Camden—Wilmington metropolitan statistical area. Population growth has had an impact on politics in the county as one in three residents could soon have a new state legislature next year regardless of how they vote in the elections. The US Census Bureau reports that Bucks County is fourth in population size in Pennsylvania behind Philadelphia (1,553,165), Allegheny (1,231,527), and Montgomery (812,376). Northampton County was formed from part of Bucks County in 1752 and Lehigh County was formed from part of Northampton County in 1812. The population growth in Bucks County has had a significant effect on politics within the county.
This is due to the fact that one in three residents could soon have a new state legislature next year regardless of how they vote in the elections. This population growth has also caused an increase in media outlets within the county. There are now both print publications such as Bucks County Courier Times and online news publications such as Levittown Now that are covering local politics. The population growth has also caused an increase in political diversity within the county. The southern third of Bucks County is much more populated and industrialized than the northern two-thirds which is more conservative.
This has caused an increase in political diversity as different areas of the county have different political views. Overall, population growth has had a major impact on politics within Bucks County. This population growth has caused an increase in media outlets covering local politics as well as an increase in political diversity within the county. As one in three residents could soon have a new state legislature next year regardless of how they vote in the elections it is clear that population growth will continue to have an effect on politics within Bucks County for years to come.