Mount Joy, Pennsylvania facts for kids
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Borough of Mount Joy
Mount Joy Post Office
Location of Mount Joy in Lancaster County
|• 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)|
|• Density||3,220/sq mi (1,244/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
Name and origin
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.
- ZIP code: 17552
- Area code: 717
- Local phone codes: 492, 653, 928
Mount Joy is located at(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.
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
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