Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
|Lower Providence Township|
Skippack Bridge, built 1792
Location of Lower Providence Township in Montgomery County
|• Total||15.6 sq mi (40 km2)|
|• Land||15.4 sq mi (40 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||354 ft (108 m)|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (630/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|This section requires expansion. (March 2009)|
Lower Providence is part of the historic homeland of the Lenape people, called the Delaware Indians by early European settlers.
It was part of a large tract of land, which was granted to William Penn (citations to follow).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.3 km²), of which 15.4 square miles (39.8 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) (1.29%) is water.
Lower Providence Township includes a portion of Valley Forge National Historical Park and Evansburg State Park. Evansburg State Park provides for a multitude of recreational opportunities such as horseback riding, hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing and hunting. Mill Grove, the first home in America of the painter John James Audubon, is maintained as a museum and wildlife sanctuary by Montgomery County.
- Upper Providence Township (west)
- Borough of Collegeville (northwest)
- Perkiomen Township (tangent to the northwest)
- Skippack Township (north)
- Worcester Township (northeast)
- East Norriton Township (tangent to the northeast)
- West Norriton Township (east)
- Upper Merion Township (south)
- Schuylkill Township, Chester County (southwest)
Nearby places of interest
At the 2010 census, the township was 81.0% White, 7.1% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 9.7% Asian, and 1.3% were two or more races. 2.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
At the 2000 census, there were 22,390 people, 7,446 households and 5,606 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,458.8 per square mile (563.2/km²). There were 7,690 housing units at an average density of 501.0/sq mi (193.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 86.26% White, 7.25% African American, 0.11% Native American, 4.67% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.
There were 7,446 households of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.
26.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 112.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.3 males.
The median household income was $66,250 and the median family income was $74,902. Males had a median income of $47,489 compared with $35,896 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,186. About 2.9% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
|2012||48.2% 5,726||50.3% 5,974|
|2008||46.1% 5,592||53.2% 6,450|
|2004||49.6% 5,465||49.9% 5,489|
|2000||50.1% 4,239||47.3% 4,003|
|1996||44.5% 3,215||42.4% 3,065|
|1992||41.8% 3,291||35.5% 2,797|
Lower Providence Township is a municipality that is governed as a Township of the Second Class with a Board of Supervisors consisting of five elected residents. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the appointment of the Township Manager, who executes the policies of the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors also appoints all advisory and regulatory boards. The current township manager is Richard Gestrich and the assistant township manager is Geraldine M. Golas. The members of the Board of Supervisors are Richard T. Brown, Chairman (term expires 2013), Don Thomas, vice-chairman (term expires 2015), Colleen Eckman (term expires 2015), Jason Sorgini (term expires 2017) and Jill Zimmerman (term expires 2017).
Lower Providence Township is served by the Methacton School District. Woodland, Eagleville, Audubon and Arrowhead elementary schools; the Skyview Upper Elementary School and the Arcola Intermediate School are all located within the township. Methacton High School and Worcester Elementary School are located in Worcester Township.
- Bean, Theodore W., ed. (1884). HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, ILLUSTRATED, 1884. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck. p. 1049.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.