Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°22′36″N 76°03′59″W / 40.37667°N 76.06639°W / 40.37667; -76.06639
Lower Heidelberg Township
Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 394 ft (120.1 m)
Coordinates 40°22′36″N 76°03′59″W / 40.37667°N 76.06639°W / 40.37667; -76.06639
Area 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)
 - land 14.9 sq mi (39 km2)
 - water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2), 3.23%
Population 5,513 (2010)
Density 277.7 / sq mi (107.2 / km2)
Founded 1842
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Lower Heidelberg Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Lower Heidelberg Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,513 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The Hain Mill, Knorr-Bare Farm, Old Dry Road, and Tulpehocken Creek Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.1 km²), of which, 14.9 square miles (38.7 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (3.49%) is water.

Adjacent townships

Adjacent boroughs

The unincorporated communities of Brownsville, State Hill, Cacoosing, Wooltown, (former) Blue Marsh are located in Lower Heidelberg Township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,819
1990 2,209 21.4%
2000 4,150 87.9%
2010 5,513 32.8%
Source: US Census Bureau

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,150 people, 1,544 households, and 1,156 families residing in the township. The population density was 277.7 people per square mile (107.3/km²). There were 1,578 housing units at an average density of 105.6/sq mi (40.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.30% White, 0.87% African American, 0.02% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 1,544 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $61,375, and the median income for a family was $69,706. Males had a median income of $50,391 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,700. About 1.4% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

Jon Gosselin

Kate Gosselin - reality TV star

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.