Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
|Home Rule Municipality|
|Elevation||249 ft (75.9 m)|
|Area||8.5 sq mi (22 km2)|
|- land||8.4 sq mi (22 km2)|
|- water||0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 1.18%|
|Density||1,907.3 / sq mi (736.4 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code||610 / 484|
Plymouth Township is a home rule municipality in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. Although it retains the word "Township" in its official name, it has been governed by a home rule charter since 1976 and is no longer subject to the Pennsylvania Township Code. The population was 16,525 at the 2010 census. It is serviced by the Colonial School District and is home to the Plymouth Meeting Mall. It also serves as the home of the Mid-County Interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Blue Route.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.1 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.41%) is water.
As of the 2010 census, Plymouth Township was 83.1% White, 7.0% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 7.2% Asian, and 1.7% were two or more races. 2.6% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry .
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,045 people, 6,512 households, and 4,363 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,907.3 people per square mile (736.6/km²). There were 6,703 housing units at an average density of 796.8 per square mile (307.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.26% White, 4.17% African American, 0.09% Native American, 5.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.
There were 6,512 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the township the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $54,069, and the median income for a family was $66,938. Males had a median income of $45,953 versus $35,089 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,862. About 2.4% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
Government and politics
Plymouth Township is governed by a five member Council, elected to staggered four-year terms; four Council members are elected by district and one is elected at-large. Council establishes the policies, goals and objectives for the Executive, Administrative, and Advisory functions. Council Members are limited by the Home Rule Charter to two consecutive terms plus the balance of an unexpired term.
The current Council members are:
- District 1: Dean Eisenberger (R) - term expires Dec. 2017
- District 2: Sheldon Simpson (R), Chair - term expires Dec. 2015
- District 3: Martin Higgins (D) - term expires Dec. 2017
- District 4: Lenore Bruno (R), Vice Chair - term expires Dec. 2015
- At-Large: Ron Trask (R) - term expires Dec. 2017
The township is part of the Seventh Congressional District (represented by Rep. Pat Meehan) and Thirteenth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Allyson Schwartz). It is also in the 61st State House District (represented by Rep. Kate M. Harper) and the 148th State House District (represented by Rep. Mary Jo Daley) as well as the 17th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Daylin Leach).
|2008||40.1% 3,588||59.2% 5,298|
|2004||43.1% 3,681||56.6% 4,827|
|2000||41.4% 3,070||56.5% 4,186|
|1996||37.2% 2,485||52.5% 3,509|
|1992||37.7% 2,863||45.8% 3,481|