In the last century, Bucks County has undergone tremendous changes. Population swelled, agriculture was nudged aside by industry and commerce, and highways, schools and shopping centers were built. Today, about 600,000 people live in Bucks County. As farms dwindled and other open space was gobbled up by development, county officials launched a drive to preserve as much of the remaining land as possible. With the support of the citizens, they enacted laws and committed revenue to that goal. Almost 4,000 acres of farmland have been preserved, so far.
At the close of the 20th century, Bucks County maintain more than 7,000 acres of parkland. In addition, there are seven state parks and gameland totaling 4,318 acres within the county. Bucks County also is well known for its historic communities and historic sites, such as Washington Crossing State Park, Mercer Museum and Pennsbury Manor. Bucks County is an area of historic streets, of wooded and scenic countryside dotted with 18th century farms. It is an area of sophisticated shopping and strong cultural traditions.
In 1993, Bucks County was the only county in the United States to be listed in "50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family." The authors praised the region saying, "Bucks County's pleasant rural environment, central to urban area and mountains, fast-growing communities, vibrant culture, history and the arts, strong buyer's market, progressive schools and excellent recreation combine to make it a fabulous place to raise a family."
In the summer, many residents of New York and Connecticut take advantage of the beauty and solitude of Bucks County. The lush countryside and cool canopies of the areas groves have been luring visitors for decades.
History has been a hallmark of the region since William Penn founded Bucks County in 1681 and George Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas Day, 1776, to turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Bucks County's economic and upscale residential growth in the past decades has been extraordinary. This growth has been managed prudently to the greater enhancement of the county's singular quality of life and long heritage of sanctuary.
The current industrial base of Central Bucks is diversified and rapidly growing. Well-planned and fully serviced industrial parks include many sophisticated technological facilities. The Bucks County Industrial Development Corporation, a non-profit organization authorized by both the county and state, offers low-cost financial aid to industry for new construction and expansion of existing facilities.
The County has demonstrated its capacity for leadership in education from preschool to college level. Numerous private and non-profit facilities offer the best in quality education for the young. Families preferring parochial or other private education find schools to suit their special needs in each of the school districts.
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