While Norristown’s population has declined for several decades, there has been a large and quickly growing Latino population – predominantly from Mexico. In addition to facing the challenges of joining a new community, a large segment of this population is undocumented and often transient.
Both challenges and opportunities have come of this situation. Reflecting a larger national ideological divide on immigration, some residents feel unease and resentment toward the immigrant population, while others are more tolerant and welcoming of the new residents. At the same time, new businesses have been established by the Spanish-speaking population, revitalizing once vacant and underutilized properties.
Norristown remains the public transportation hub for the county. Its public transit access is unparalleled in suburban Philadelphia, allowing direct connections for residents to Center City, 69th Street Terminal, and Philadelphia International Airport. Norristown also plans to put itself on the map through the development of its arts district, a section of town called the “Norristown Arts Hill.” With this and other positives in mind, Norristown enters its third century determined to revitalize business districts and neighborhoods.