Located in Bucks County Pennsylvania, Bensalem is part of the larger Bensalem Township, which also includes Oakford, Eddington, Cornwells Heights, Trevose and Andalusia. The area possesses a population of 60,427 as of the 2010 census and is recognized as the ninth biggest municipality in the state. Bensalem is home to a large percent of families, and its real estate is largely comprised of single-family homes with a small percentage of town homes and condo complexes.
The township was first founded in 1692 and is nearly as old as Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1682. The area borders Philadelphia, and the area is largely influenced by the culture of its neighboring city. Bensalem has been historically recognized for its strong Jewish community, and the Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center offers a number of services including an outreach center, the Joseph and Martha Melohn Bucks County Mikvah, The Bucks County Hebrew School, The Bensalem Community Kollel, The Neshaminy Valley Eruv Corporation, the Congreration Kehillas B’nai Shalom, the Torah Learning Center Bensalem Preschool and the Zichron Yeshayahu Elbogen Bais Medrash. The township is also home to Mongkoltepmunee Buddhist Temple, an exact replica of the temple in Bangkok. It is the only one in the United States and is a location for a number of ceremonies and frequent meditation. The city is home to a diverse population and houses a number of additional community gathering places.
Bensalem has a number of notable attractions and landmarks. The Parx Casino and Racetrack was opened in 1974 and is a thoroughbred racing track. The track was put on the map by Smarty Jones, a Triple Crown contender in 2004. A casino was added to the track in 2006 and includes 250,000 square feet of entertainment, gaming and banquet space. The area also houses a shrine to St. Katharine Drexel, a wealthy Philadelphian who turned her back on wealth to help those in need. The Cornwells Heights SEPTA station is the biggest park and ride in the state and provides optimal transportation for commuters and visitors. The Neshaminy Mall, first constructed in 1968, was one of the first malls in the country and continues to boast a number of shops and restaurants. The township offers a diverse range of community programs and activities and provides easy access to the bustling city of Philadelphia. With a number of charming neighborhoods providing a range of architectural styles, the city is the perfect place to call home.