Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Bucks County is one of Pennsylvania’s three original counties. Home to more than 627,000 residents, Bucks County presents a quality of life that very few regions in the United States enjoy. Our residents appreciate a rich cultural and artistic heritage, and a unique geographic location along the Delaware River, one of the nations’ few Wild and Scenic Rivers. Our county possesses a vibrant farming and rural community, even in the midst of the largely urbanized east coast, as well as maintaining the region’s largest county park system.
Along with these quality of life factors, it also possesses many of the critical elements which determine business location and expansion, including housing quality and availability, ease of commuting, safe communities, superior local schools, access to regional and national art and cultural centers, and world class higher educational institutions.
Nationally renowned as a place of scenic beauty, artistic culture and bucolic charm, Bucks County is blessed with the diversity of weather all four seasons can bestow. Our 31 townships and 23 boroughs each contribute their own vibrant threads to our diverse cultural fabric. And our school districts offer some of the finest educational opportunities in the United States. Further, our nationally recognized Community College system is strategically located to serve every portion of our county, in every area from Associate Degrees to skill certification to workforce development.
Bucks County government employs 2,300 employees who are dedicated to providing comprehensive services to our residents. This wide array of programs includes courts, children and youth, seniors, general services and capital projects, municipal planning, community and business development, and consumer protection, to name just a few.
In addition, county government maintains almost 9,000 acres of parks and recreation property, including eight parks, large lakes for sailing and fishing, eight recreation sites, three education-oriented nature centers, a horse park, a grass-strip airport and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, which continues to marvel visitors today in the tile-making tradition of Henry Chapman Mercer. Further, our 115 county-maintained bridges include twelve distinct “covered” bridges – which are treasured links to our transportation past.
With direct and multiple access to both the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I -95, access to the major north south route of America’s rail system, a deep water port and both international and regional air access, Bucks County enjoys a competitive advantage with ready access to markets of both producers and consumers….resources that are increasingly vital to companies competing in a global economy, where the ability to get products to customers overnight, or receiving just-in-time supplies can prove the difference between profitability and failure.
In addition both the Commonwealth and Bucks County are ‘business friendly’ environments, whose tax climate and regulatory regimes encourage new private investment as well as being located in the geographic center of the burgeoning life sciences expansion within the Greater Philadelphia region.
Educational facilities are provided by both public and private schools, and higher education is available at two colleges and six universities. There are 13 public school districts in Bucks County as well as three technical high schools.
The Bucks County Board of Commissioners is comprised of three commissioners, two majority and one minority, who are elected to four-year terms. The commissioners are responsible for the adoption and administration of the county operating budget, along with oversight of one of the largest workforces in the county (more than 2,400 employees). The county seat is located in Doylestown Borough. Below is a list of county services:
Each of the county's 10 Row Officers is elected at large in the county for a four-year term. As specified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, row officers include the following:
Each year the Bucks County Planning Commission prepares the Municipal Directory which provides an annual update of government officials serving Bucks County. The directory contains elected and appointed municipal officials, joint planning organizations, commissioner appointed advisory boards, authorities, and commissions, school districts, elected and appointed judicial officials, county, state, and federal elected officials, with maps of legislative districts.
Because of its location in the region, county residents are fortunate to have access to the best medical facilities in the United States. There are eight hospitals and a county operated nursing home in Bucks County:
Businesses and residents in Bucks County are subject to taxes levied by local (municipal, county, & school district), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Federal government. Local taxes collected are gained from the assessed fair-market value of real estate as determined by the Bucks County Board of Assessment; however municipal governments may also collect other types of taxes or fees (i.e., occupational, mercantile/business privilege).
The following links provide guidance on municipal & school district, county, state, and federal governing tax structures:
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website provides useful information on the State’s tax incentive programs available to companies interested in expanding in or locating to Bucks County. Additionally, the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County website expands further on the State’s tax incentives offering information on the following programs:
Federal and State Government Entities Aggregated
*State Government includes all state employment except Pennsylvania State University, SEPTA, System of Higher Education, PA College of Technology, and PHEAA.
Source: Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information & Analysis 1/22/2014
Bucks County is within easy reach of the largest population centers, markets and consumers east of the Mississippi. Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Philadelphia, Princeton, and New York, are all within an hour and a half drive. Bucks County’s position in the northeast corridor makes it well suited for many types of commercial activities. Major highways such as I-95, I-78, Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276 and I-476 (Blue Route), U.S. Routes 1, 13, and 202, as well as state routes 309, 313, 332, 413, and 611, provide important access to and across Bucks County. The roughly 60-mile long county, bounded on the east by the Delaware River also enjoys tremendous rail access (NS & CSX sites) to North American Markets and a safe and secure deep water port for shipment of goods around the world.
After more than two decades, the resources needed to complete the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 Interchange have been assembled and construction has now begun. Lower Bucks County already enjoys tremendous transportation advantages, in roads, rail, and deep water port facilities. This major initiative is the capstone that will propel Lower Bucks County into the 1st Tier of National Transportation Hubs. Becoming the home of the connection between I-95, the most important North/South interstate east of the Mississippi and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the most dependable direct link between the Midwest and the markets of the east coast, Lower Bucks County will enjoy a competitive and comparative economic advantage unmatched by any locality in the Greater Delaware Valley…the New Key in the Keystone State. For more information on this exciting project please click here.
Click here for Bucks County’s Transportation Facilities Map and the Transportation Improvement Projects and Critical Corridors Map. For additional transportation-related information please visit the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) website.
The Philadelphia International Airport located south of Bucks County, the Lehigh Valley International Airport to the north in Allentown, and the Trenton-Mercer Airport in Trenton, New Jersey are three of the more frequently used airports in the Bucks County area. These airports are generally within an hour drive of most Bucks County communities. The Bucks County Airport Authority operates three general service airports: Van Sant in Erwinna, Quakertown Airport in Quakertown, and the Doylestown Airport near Doylestown. Below is a list of other local air travel facilities:
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides outstanding and nationally recognized superior commuter rail and bus service to Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties (click here for the Bucks County Public Transit Map). Philadelphia serves as a hub in Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The Transportation Management Association of Bucks County (TMA Bucks) provides fixed route bus service linking employees to established SEPTA routes. Carol R. Bieber Tourways, Trans-Bridge Lines, Susquehanna Trailways, and Greyhound Lines Bus Company all provide regional bus service to destinations located outside of the County.
Bucks County is a major transportation hub for goods movement and distribution along the eastern seaboard.
Conrail provides freight service over an expansive rail network shared by CSX and Norfolk Southern. There are five local short line railroads including the East Penn Railroad, New Hope-Ivyland Railroad, SMS/Penn-Jersey Rail Lines, Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad, and Tyburn Railroad on privately owned lines or lines owned by SEPTA or Amtrak.
There are three active port facilities along the Delaware River: Kinder-Morgan Port of Bucks County and GROWS Bulk Port, both located in Falls Township and Riverside Concrete in Bristol Township. These ports accommodate ocean-going vessels with a draft up to 38.5 feet (11.75m) and specialize in bulk and break-bulk commodities (i.e., noncontainerzied cargoes) such as metals, salt, and project cargo.
Bucks County’s utility infrastructure meets the needs of current and future businesses. The Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) provides regulation of utilities in the Commonwealth. Listed below are electric, natural gas, telecommunications, and water & sewer providers.
Service providers have installed modern fiber optic, broadband, and cellular technologies within the region. Local telephone service is provided by Comcast Infinity, Frontier Communications, and Verizon. All major long-distance and cellular service providers are available in Bucks County.
Please click here for Bucks County’s Water and Sewer Service listing by municipality.
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