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Doylestown contains a multitude of identities: It’s the county seat of Bucks County and is the borough that feels the most like a city, compared to the neighboring hamlets. However, with a population of just over 8,000, it still has a distinctly small-town vibe, with an active community engaged in town celebrations and events like the annual arts festival. And located just 27 miles north of Philadelphia, Doylestown also serves as a suburban option for city folks who are willing to commute. You’ll find a range of housing options here, from small condos to sprawling estates. Residents of Doylestown are justifiably proud of the many independent businesses that line the streets of downtown, including three bookstores, an art house cinema, and tons of great restaurants. It’s also home to multiple supermarkets, a weekly farmers market, and eventually, in 2024, a new Target.

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Living in Delaware River Towns

The Delaware River winds between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, serving as the dividing line between the two states. Ever since 1776, when George Washington crossed from today’s Bucks County, Pennsylvania, into today’s Mercer County, New Jersey, the two sides of this middle stretch of river have been tied together. Today, locals drive, bike, and walk — and sometimes, like Washington himself, boat — across the Delaware with frequent regularity, treating the two sides as one region. There’s a smattering of delightful little towns situated on both sides of the river that were founded as stops between New York and Philadelphia, during the heyday of the railroads and the Delaware and Raritan Canal. In the past few decades, the towns have experienced a renaissance as city dwellers have realized that just an hour’s drive leads to this bucolic region with world-class dining and shopping, rolling farmland, and gorgeous, historic houses.