East Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°59′07″N 75°32′53″W / 39.98528°N 75.54806°W / 39.98528; -75.54806
East Goshen Township
Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 430 ft (131.1 m)
Coordinates 39°59′07″N 75°32′53″W / 39.98528°N 75.54806°W / 39.98528; -75.54806
Area 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
 - land 10.1 sq mi (26 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 0.39%
Population 18,026 (2010)
Density 1,784.8 / sq mi (689.1 / km2)
Incorporated 1817
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of East Goshen Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.eastgoshen.org
A police car of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, serving East Goshen Township, Westtown Township, and Thornbury Township in Chester County

East Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 18,026 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The ten square miles of land that is now the township of East Goshen was part of a larger tract purchased from William Penn in Wales in September 1681. Settlers, finding the land beautiful and productive, named the area Goshenville, or "the Land of Goshen."

The blacksmith shop located on North Chester Road was built in 1699. It was here in the early years that wagon wheels were rerimmed, farm implements repaired, and horses shod. As part of East Goshen's tricentennial in 1982, the blacksmith shop was renovated and restored.

East Goshen Township was incorporated in 1817 when Goshen was divided, forming East and West Goshen townships.

The Goshenville Historic District, Goodwin Acres, and Ellis Williams House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Resources[edit]

East Goshen Township owns a 55-acre (220,000 m2) park located on Paoli Pike. Facilities at the park include the Hicks Pavilion with a brick barbecue.

There are areas in the park for sports such as baseball, softball, and soccer fields, four sand volleyball courts, six tennis courts with wind screens and hitting backboard, two full-size basketball courts with additional baskets for shooting around, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) equipped fitness trail, a children's activity area, a putting green, and a gazebo.

The park has many passive areas for sunbathing, reading, frisbee throwing, etc. The park is also a popular place for walkers and joggers. It has restroom facilities and water fountains. Parking space has been enhanced and all facilities are planned and installed with the idea of maintaining a harmony with nature. The park closes at dusk and drinking alcohol is prohibited.

The park was named "The Best Family Park" by Best of the Main Line, a magazine that rates the best places and food in the Philadelphia Main Line area.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26 km2), of which 10.1 square miles (26 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.30%, is water. The township is within the Brandywine Creek watershed. The township's border with its neighbor West Goshen is Airport Road, next to the Brandywine Airport.

Adjacent townships

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 739
1940 867 17.3%
1950 1,039 19.8%
1960 1,694 63.0%
1970 5,138 203.3%
1980 10,021 95.0%
1990 15,138 51.1%
2000 16,824 11.1%
2010 18,026 7.1%
http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 18,026 people, 8,128 households, and 4,811 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,767.3 people per square mile (693.3/km²). There were 8,655 housing units at an average density of 848.53/sq mi (332.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.6% White, 2.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 8,128 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 38.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the township, 20.5% of the population is under the age of 20, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females there were 86 males. For every 100 females age 20 and over, there were 82 males.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the median income for a household in the township was $73,266, and the median income for a family was $99,188. Males had a median income of $74,363 versus $50,730 for females among full-time, year-round workers. The per capita income for the township was $47,359. About 2.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.[3]

Schools[edit]

East Goshen is home to East Goshen Elementary School (located in the West Chester Area School District), Goshen Friends School, and the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.

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