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The Borough of Norristown had a population of 35,797 as of July 1, 2022. Norristown ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Norristown is located at latitude 40.1215 and longitude -75.3399 in Montgomery County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Norristown encompass a land area of 3.52 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Montgomery County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 157 feet.

The Borough of Norristown has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Norristown: Norris, Norriton Plantation.

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Norristown, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 35,797 (100%)
Population in Households 34,769 (97.1%)
Population in Families 26,118 (73.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,028 ( 2.9%)
Population Density 10,184
Diversity Index2 86


Median Household Income $53,155
Average Household Income $75,667
% of Income for Mortgage4 18%
Per Capita Income $26,924
Wealth Index5 51


Total HU (Housing Units) 14,030 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,856 (34.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,835 (55.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,339 ( 9.5%)
Median Home Value $180,847
Average Home Value $213,523
Housing Affordability Index3 105


Total Households 12,691
Average Household Size 2.74
Family Households 7,634
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.06% 0.04%
Households 0.08% 0.03%
Families   0.01%
Median Household Income   2.83%
Per Capita Income   2.82%
Owner Occupied HU   0.53%

Norristown, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Norristown to the other 1,888 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 15 99th
Population Density # 9 100th
Median Household Income # 1427 25th
Housing Affordability Index # 260 14th
Per Capita Income # 1620 14th
Diversity Index # 1 100th

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