Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
|Upper Hanover Township|
|Elevation||381 ft (116.1 m)|
|Area||21.2 sq mi (54.9 km2)|
|- land||20.2 sq mi (52 km2)|
|- water||1.0 sq mi (3 km2), 4.72%|
|Density||304.9 / sq mi (117.7 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
It is part of the Upper Perkiomen School District.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 21.2 square miles (55 km2), of which 20.2 square miles (52 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), or 4.62%, is water. It is drained by Perkiomen Creek into the Schuylkill River and contains most of the Green Lane Reservoir. It consists mainly of rolling hills, and the only mountainous area is east of Palm on Mill Hill, which contains Montgomery County's highest point.
Route 29 is the primary north-to-south route and comes up the Perkiomen Valley from Collegeville into Lehigh County. Route 663 crosses Upper Hanover and meets 29 in Pennsburg. Other local roads of note include Church Road, Geryville Pike, Kutztown Road/Knight Road, School House Road, and Water Street. The township's villages include Chapel (also in Berks County,) Fruitville, Geryville (also in Bucks County and pronounced with a hard "g,") Palm, and Perkiomen Heights.
- Marlborough Township (southeast)
- Upper Frederick Township (south)
- New Hanover Township (south)
- Douglass Township (southwest)
- Washington Township, Berks County (west)
- Hereford Township, Berks County (northwest)
- Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County (tangent to the north)
- Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County (northeast)
- Milford Township, Bucks County (east)
The following three boroughs form a cluster along Route 29 surrounded by Upper Hanover and are listed in north-to-south order:
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,885 people, 1,737 households, and 1,433 families residing in the township. The population density was 241.6 people per square mile (93.3/km²). There were 1,764 housing units at an average density of 87.2/sq mi (33.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.06% White, 0.70% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.
There were 1,737 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 14.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the township the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $65,018, and the median income for a family was $69,410. Males had a median income of $40,584 versus $30,701 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,978. About 3.2% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
Politics and government
|2008||51.0% 1,639||48.0% 1,543|
|2004||55.7% 1,480||43.8% 1,165|
|2000||55.8% 1,075||40.4% 778|
|1996||49.4% 841||37.2% 633|
|1992||42.0% 754||33.3% 598|
- US Representative Charlie Dent, Republican, 15th district, 1st and 3rd wards
- US Representative Allyson Schwartz, Democrat, 13th district, 2nd ward
- State Senator Bob Mensch, Republican, 24th district
- State Representative Marcy Toepel, Republican, 147th district
Board of Supervisors
Upper Hanover is a second-class township with five supervisors elected at-large.
- Richard Fain, Chairman
- Eugene Fried, Vice-chairman
- Dorothy Diehl, Assistant Secretary
- Ben Fiorito, Assistant Treasurer
- Steven Rothenberger