The Planned Community of Levittown, PA

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Description of Levittown

Levittown is a census-designated place in the Philadelphia metropolitan area of Pennsylvania. A planned community in Bucks County, its history began with a land purchase in 1951 by Levitt & Sons. William Levitt and architect Alfred Levitt designed six models of single-family houses in Levittown.

  • The Levittowner
  • The Ranger
  • The Jubilee
  • The Pennsylvania
  • The Colonial
  • The Country Cubber

Construction began in February 1952 and finished in 1958 with 17,311 homes built. The fast-paced development was the result of the assembly line type 26-step rationalized building method that Levitt's workers utilized, which enabled them to construct a house in 16 minutes.

As second Levittown to be built by William Levitt  – who's often referred to as the creator of modern American suburbs – it was different from other developments of the time because it was built as a complete community. Levittown had sites set aside for a public elementary school, church and other public facilities. Amenities also included in the community were:

  • Olympic-sized public pools
  • Greenbelts
  • Parks
  • Baseball fields
  • Playgrounds
  • A shopping center

The homes were priced moderately and only required a small down payment. Other non-Levitt owner-occupied homes and three to four-story garden apartments have also been built over the years since Levitt & Sons ended their construction.

Because Levitt & Sons refused to sell their homes to African Americans, all of their Levittown communities were whites-only. In 1957, the first African American couple, William and Daisy Myers, moved into the Dogwood Hollow section of the community after buying their home directly from the previous owner. They were faced with racial harassment and mob violence but still persisted. Some would say Daisy Myers was "The Rosa Parks of the North."


Today, Levittown consists of 41 neighborhoods or sections. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 52,983 people. The community is racially made up of:

  • 87.7% White
  • 5.1% Hispanic or Latino
  • 3.6% Black or African American
  • 1.7% Asian
  • 1.6% Two or More Races
  • 0.3% Some Other Race
  • 0.2% Native American


The community of Levittown is served by a number of public school districts. Residents living in the neighborhood of Middletown are part of the Neshaminy School District. Residents in Bristol Township are part of the Bristol Township School District. For those in Falls Township and Tullytown Borough, they are part of the Pennsbury School District. Families also have the option to send their children to parochial schools in and around Levittown.

Langhorne Square Shopping Center

Located in the far west portion of the Levittown CDP is the Langhorne Square Shopping Center. Offering a wide variety of shops and services to the community, it is owned and operated by Federal Realty Investment Trust. Some of the tenants of the shopping center are Pet Supplies Plus Levittown, Redner's Warehouse Markets, Bob's Discount Furniture and Mattress Store, Floor & Decor, Wendy's, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Marshalls, Habitat For Humanity Langhorne ReStore, Hong Kong Pearl, Dollar Tree, and many more.

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