Collegeville is located in Montgomery County, locally also referred to as Montco, is a county located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 799,874, making it the third-most populous county in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties, and the 71st most populous in the United States. The county seat is Norristown. Montgomery County is very diverse, ranging from farms and open land in Upper Hanover to densely populated rowhouse streets in Cheltenham.
Montgomery County is included in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is a suburban county northwest of Philadelphia, and marks part of the region’s northern border with the Lehigh Valley region of the state to the north. In 2010, it was the 51st wealthiest county in the country (measured by median household income). In 2008, it was named the 9th Best Place to Raise a Family by Forbes.
Collegeville and the surrounding area are rapidly growing. The borough of Collegeville is home to Ursinus College, as well as many local businesses. Outside of the borough, Pfizer’s pharmaceutical division and Dow Chemical share a global research and development campus. There is also a GlaxoSmithKline research and development facility. The Providence Town Center, an open-air lifestyle center, is located outside of Collegeville.
Providence Town Center is a lifestyle center located near Collegeville in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is located at the interchange between U.S. Route 422 and Pennsylvania Route 29. The Providence Town Center has Wegmans, Movie Tavern, Best Buy, LA Fitness, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels, and PetSmart as anchors.
Education: Collegeville is part of the Perkiomen Valley School District. There is also one private school, Holy Cross Regional School, which serves Grades K-8. The Borough is also home to Ursinus College.
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Things to do in Collegeville
Dining, Cycling Horseback Riding, Movies
Collegeville’s inflow of residents has brought new retail opportunities to the town. The Providence Town Center provides one-stop shopping for everything from groceries to date night. Stores like Best Buy, DSW and Wegmans anchor the shopping center, with many other smaller retail options and restaurants in between. There’s even a movie theater with a full bar and restaurant.
Collegeville residents also have many options for enjoying the area’s natural beauty. The Perkiomen Trail, known as “Perky,” is a 20-mile riverside path that outdoors enthusiasts use for hiking, biking and even horseback riding. The trail also connects with many parks and historical sites, allowing for fun and educational side trips. For those who don’t have their own horse but still want to enjoy Collegeville’s scenery, Red Buffalo Ranch allows visitors to take their horses out onto local trails. People looking for the absolute best views of the area can visit Sky Riders Balloon Team, a local company that offers hot air balloon rides that afford customers views of the entire Collegeville area, as well as the Philadelphia skyline.
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Housing Facts and Quality of Life
Median Estimated Home Value: $356K
Median List Price: $360K
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