Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°30′03″N 75°37′26″W / 40.50083°N 75.62389°W / 40.50083; -75.62389
Longswamp Township
Township
Longswamp Township, Midday (2).jpg
A barn with hex signs on Hass Road in the township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 525 ft (160 m)
Coordinates 40°30′03″N 75°37′26″W / 40.50083°N 75.62389°W / 40.50083; -75.62389
Area 22.8 sq mi (59.1 km2)
 - land 22.8 sq mi (59 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 0.18%
Population 5,679 (2010)
Density 246.1 / sq mi (95 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Longswamp Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/longswamp/site/default.asp

Longswamp Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,679 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The Long-Hawerter Mill and Mary Ann Furnace Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,608 people, 2,029 households, and 1,529 families residing in the township. The population density was 246.1 people per square mile (95.0/km²). There were 2,097 housing units at an average density of 92.0/sq mi (35.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.95% White, 0.32% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 2,029 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 4,627
1990 5,387 16.4%
2000 5,608 4.1%
2010 5,679 1.3%
Source: US Census Bureau

The median income for a household in the township was $47,965, and the median income for a family was $55,238. Males had a median income of $35,434 versus $25,324 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,592. About 2.9% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.1 km²), of which, 22.8 square miles (59.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water. The Little Lehigh Creek and Swabia Creek start in Longswamp and drain most of it eastward into the Lehigh River. The Schuylkill River also drains portions of the township via the Sacony Creek (which also starts in Longswamp) to the west and the Perkiomen Creek to the south. The southern half of Longswamp is located in the South Mountains.

Longswamp Township's villages include Farmington, Hancock, Henningsville, Longsdale, Longswamp, Maple Grove, Mertztown, New Hensingersville (also in Lehigh County,) Red Lion, and Rittenhouse Gap. Its east-to-west thoroughfare is Main Street, which is part of an unnumbered straight chain of roads connecting NE and central Berks as well as Topton with Lyons and Fleetwood. The mountains to the south prevent through north-to-south routes, so they start on Main Street and extend either north to U.S. Highway 222, as do Farmington Road, Topton Road, and Valley Road, or south up the mountain. Longswamp Road, Mertztown Road, and Mountain Street lead east into Lehigh County.

Longswamp surrounds the borough of Topton.

Politics and government[edit]

Legislators[edit]

  • State Representative Gary Day, Republican, 187th district
  • State Senator Judy Schwank, 11th district
  • US Representative Jim Gerlach, Republican, 6th district

Board of Supervisors[edit]

  • Steve Wyka, Chairman
  • Maryann Lantz, Vice-Chairman
  • Mike Sacks, Supervisor

Recreation[edit]

Longswamp is home to Bear Creek Ski and Recreation Area, just south of Maple Grove.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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