Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania
Map of Butler County, Pennsylvania highlighting Butler Township
Map of Butler County, Pennsylvania
|• Type||Five-member Board of Commissioners|
|• Board President||Joseph Hasychak|
|• Township Manager||Ed Kirkwood|
|• Total||21.7 sq mi (56.3 km2)|
|• Land||21.6 sq mi (56.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|• Density||798/sq mi (308.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Butler Township is a township in Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 17,248 at the 2010 census. The township was first settled in 1795. It was established as a township in 1804 and as a first class township in 1922.
Butler Township is located near the center of Butler County and surrounds the city of Butler, the county seat. The township contains the unincorporated communities of Homeacre-Lyndora, Meridian, Meadowood, and Oak Hills, all of which are census-designated places. The unincorporated town of Lyndora, which has its own post office (zip code 16045), is located within Butler Township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 21.7 square miles (56.3 km2), of which 21.6 square miles (56.0 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.58%, is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 17,248 people, 7,409 households, and 4,880 families residing in the township. The population density was 799.2 people per square mile (308.6/km²). There were 7,500 housing units at an average density of 348.8/sq mi (134.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.1% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.
There were 7,201 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the township the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $41,274, and the median income for a family was $51,824. Males had a median income of $41,486 versus $24,818 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,218. About 5.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
Butler Township is served by the Butler Area School District. The Senior High School, Intermediate High School, Northwest Elementary School, McQuistion Elementary School, and Meridian Elementary School are located in the township. The Butler County Community College main campus is also located in the township on Decatur Drive, just off of PA Route 8.
Pennsylvania Route 68 (Evans City Road) and PA Route 356 (New Castle Road) are major roads in the township. PA Route 8 (Pittsburgh Road and North Main Street Extension) passes through the township in a north-south direction on either side of the city limits of Butler. U.S. Route 422, a limited-access highway, runs through the township near its northern edge as it bypasses the city. Duffy Road, Eberhart Road, Meridian Road, Whitestown Road, Benbrook Road, Old Plank Road, McQuistion Road, McCalmont Road, Alameda Road, Hansen Avenue, and Decatur Drive are minor arteries in the township.
The township is also served by The Bus, operated by the Butler Transit Authority.
The AK Steel Butler Works plant is located entirely in the township on approximately 1,000 acres (400 ha) at 1 Armco Drive, Lyndora.
There are several large shopping malls in the township:
- Butler Commons- Anchor tenants include Walmart, Target, Aldi, Dollar General, Famous Footwear, Panera Bread, Rent-A-Center, and Butler Health System.
- Butler Crossing- Anchor tenants include Kohl's, Michael's, Bottom Dollar Food, Dollar Tree, Petco, Ross Dress for Less, McDonald's, and Applebee's.
- Moraine Pointe Plaza- Anchor tenants include Sam's Club, Giant Eagle, Lowe's, Home Depot, Staples, Regal Cinemas, Harbor Freight Tools, and Dunham's Sports.
- Point Plaza- Anchor tenants include Rite Aid, Altmeyer's Home and Bath, Advance Auto Parts, Anytime Fitness, and a PennDOT Driver License Center.
- Alameda Plaza- Anchor tenants include Big Lots, Tractor Supply Company, Sherwin Williams, Fastenal, Jiffy Lube, and Prudential Preferred Realty.
- Bon Aire Plaza- Anchor tenants include Bottom Dollar Food, Farmer's National Bank of Emlenton, a state liquor store, and a beer distributor.
- Greater Butler Mart- Anchor tenants include Friedman's Fresh Market, Trader Horn, Rite Aid, Dollar General, Roomful Express Furniture, McDonald's, and a state liquor store.
The township also currently has four hotels. A Fairfield Inn and Suites is located just off US 422 on Fairfield Lane. Days Inn, Comfort Inn, and Super 8 Motel are all located on PA 8 within two miles of each other. Two new hotels are coming to the township. A four-story Holiday Inn Express will be located on North Duffy Road, and a five-story Hampton Inn will be located behind Mikan Volkswagen on New Castle Road.
Butler Memorial Hospital is located in Butler Township east of the city of Butler. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA Butler Healthcare) is also located in the township. A new VA Health Care Center is under construction near the current hospital with completion expected in 2015. It is being built at the former location of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) Deshon Woods, a public forest and park that was sold by the township to the VA.
- Preston Park- Preston Park was the private estate of scientist Dr. Frank W. Preston, a prominent local figure. Upon the death of his wife Jane in 2008, the property was left to the township in her will. The heavily forested park consists of over 90 acres (36 ha), and walking trails are available. Other features of the park include a large pond, Dr. and Mrs. Preston's house and laboratory, an arboretum of several dozen coniferous tree species, a prairie, and the largest examples of several coniferous tree species in Pennsylvania. The park is open from dawn until dusk every day. The park is located at 415 South Eberhart Road.
- Alameda Park- Alameda Park is owned and operated by Butler County and is entirely within Butler Township. The park is heavily forested and features several hiking trails. The lower portion of Alameda Park Road has been closed to automotive traffic since 2007 but is still open to walking, biking, and running. The park also features a public swimming pool, several picnic shelters, a carousel shelter, two playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, and a bocce court.
- Butler Township Park- A park owned and operated by Butler Township. There are walking trails, a playground, a dek hockey rink and a large hall that is available for rental. The park is located at 468 South Duffy Road.
- Highfield Park- A park that is located in the Highfield neighborhood of the township. There are several baseball fields at the park as well as a playground and a hall that can be rented. The park is located at the intersection of South Duffy and Highfield Roads.
- Krendale Golf Course- An 18-hole public golf course located at 131 North Eberhart Road.
- Aubrey's Golf Course- An 18-hole public golf course located at 124 Aubrey Drive, just off of Mercer Road.
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