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Borough of Mount Joy
Mount Joy Post Office
Mount Joy Post Office
Location of Mount Joy in Lancaster County
Location of Mount Joy in Lancaster County
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Area
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,410
 • Density 3,220/sq mi (1,244/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17552
Area code(s) 717
Website http://www.mountjoyborough.com

Mount Joy is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,410 at the 2010 census.

Name and origin

Mount Joy is often named in lists of "delightfully-named towns" in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, along with Intercourse, Blue Ball, Lititz, Bareville, Bird-in-Hand and Paradise.

The name is often shortened to Mt Joy, as in Mencken (1963). However, citizens of the town often point out that this abbreviation is not proper because the town is not named for a mountain but is named after the Good Ship "Mountjoy" which famously broke a Catholic siege during the Siege of Derry. Due to the early settlement of the Protestant Scots-Irish in this region of Pennsylvania, many of the municipalities in the area were given names common to the North of Ireland such as: Derry Township, Londonderry Township, South Londonderry Township, Mount Joy Township, East Donegal Township, West Donegal Township, and Rapho Township.

Mt Joy PA bank
Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street

General information

  • ZIP code: 17552
  • Area code: 717
  • Local phone codes: 492, 653, 928

Geography

Mount Joy is located at 40°6′36″N 76°30′40″W / 40.11°N 76.51111°W / 40.11; -76.51111 (40.109895, -76.510977).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land. It is considered to be part of the Susquenanna Valley.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,729
1870 1,896 9.7%
1880 2,058 8.5%
1890 1,848 −10.2%
1900 2,018 9.2%
1910 2,166 7.3%
1920 2,192 1.2%
1930 2,716 23.9%
1940 2,855 5.1%
1950 3,006 5.3%
1960 3,292 9.5%
1970 5,041 53.1%
1980 5,680 12.7%
1990 6,398 12.6%
2000 6,765 5.7%
2010 7,410 9.5%
Est. 2015 8,071 8.9%
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The 2010 United States Census reports the following demographics for Mount Joy Borough:

  • Total population: 7,410
  • Male: 3,624
  • Female: 3,786
  • Hispanic or Latino: 549
  • White: 6,809
  • African American: 187
  • Asian: 58
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 20
  • Identified by two or more: 170

Museums and historic sites

  • Bube's Brewery and Central Hotel
  • Donegal Mills Plantation
  • George Brown's Sons Cotton and Woolen Mill
  • Nissly Swiss Chocolate Company

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