Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Warminster Township
Jamison Street Warminster Heights.jpg
Jamison Street in Warminster Heights
Coat of arms
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Elevation 312 ft (95.1 m)
Coordinates 40°12′11″N 75°05′38″W / 40.20306°N 75.09389°W / 40.20306; -75.09389Coordinates: 40°12′11″N 75°05′38″W / 40.20306°N 75.09389°W / 40.20306; -75.09389
Area 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
 - land 10.2 sq mi (26 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 32,682 (2010)
Density 3,061.0 / sq mi (1,181.9 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215, 267
Location of Warminster Township in Bucks County
Location of Warminster Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.warminstertownship.org

Warminster Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 32,682 at the 2010 census.

The town was named for the town of Warminster in Wiltshire, England.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), all of it land. It is drained by the Delaware River tributaries of the Neshaminy Creek and the Pennypack Creek. Its villages include Breadysville (also in Warwick Township,) Casey Highlands, Hartsville (also in Warwick Township,) Johnsville, Rosewood Park, Warminster, and Warminster Heights.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,452
1940 1,977 36.2%
1950 7,127 260.5%
1960 15,994 124.4%
1970 34,900 118.2%
1980 35,463 1.6%
1990 32,832 −7.4%
2000 31,383 −4.4%
2010 32,682 4.1%

As of the 2010 census, the township was 86.0% Non-Hispanic White, 3.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 1.8% were two or more races. 7.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 31,383 people, 11,350 households, and 8,626 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,061.0 people per square mile (1,182.2/km²). There were 11,644 housing units at an average density of 1,135.7/sq mi (438.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.00% White, 3.31% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.99% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.21% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.63% of the population.

There were 11,350 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $54,375, and the median income for a family was $60,907. Males had a median income of $41,033 versus $30,302 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,285. About 4.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


Warminster Township is a class two township under Pennsylvania State Code. It is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors.

The five Supervisors are:

  • Daniel J. McPhillips (R), Chairman
  • Jason T. Croley (R), Vice-Chairman
  • Wayne McCulloch (R), Treasurer/Secretary
  • Mark McKee (R), Member
  • Scott DeRosa (R), Member


Emergency services[edit]

Warminster Township emergency services are provided by the following:

  • Warminster Fire Department (Stations 90, 91, and 92) [2], one of the busiest of Bucks County with approximately 700 calls each year.
  • Warminster Police Department (74PD),
  • Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps (Squad 122), the Emergency Medical Services provider for Warminster, responded to 2938 calls in 2005.
  • Hartsville Fire Company (Station 93) [3]. - which also covers part of Warwick Township


Warminster Community Park is located on part of the former site of Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster. Part of the former runway contains basketball courts and a playground.

Warminster Township is served by the Centennial School District.

Private schools:

Police Corruption and Brutality[edit]

  • Chief Elmer Clawges was convicted on December 10, 1997 of assaulting his wife. Clawges had also been accused by 12 women of sexual wrongdoing while on duty, including having sex with girls as young as 13 and sexually harassing women.[5]
  • Chief James M. Gorczynski pleaded guilty on April 5, 2005 to stealing over $130,000 belonging to the township while on duty.[6]
  • Chief Rowan P. Kelly, Jr. was fired for allegedly drinking on duty, assaulting citizens, and sexually harassed women.[7]
  • Officer John Powell was convicted on April 6, 2005 of attempted sex crimes against a minor.[8]Powell was sentenced to up to eight years in prison.[9]
  • Officer Michael Schmalz was fired and arrested in 2013 for allegedly assaulting a prisoner and tampering with records. The assault incident was caught on video. Schmalz was acquitted of the criminal charges.[10][11][12]

Major Crime[edit]

November 10, 1993: Clerks Sean J. Campbell and Bryan Benson, both 20, were stabbed to death during a robbery while working at a Warminster video store.[13] The murders remain unsolved.[14]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Contact DVHS." Delaware Valley High School. Retrieved on May 19, 2014. "DVHS - Bucks 299 Jacksonville Road Warminster, PA 18974"
  4. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Warminster Heights CDP, PA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Tarnished badges of police leadership". philly.com. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 4/21/05.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Tarnished badges of police leadership". philly.com. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 4/21/05.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Tarnished badges of police leadership". philly.com. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 4/21/05.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Ex-officer convicted of sexual charges". philly.com. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 4/6/05.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Ex-Bucks officer gets 3 to 8 years in prison". philly.com. Morning Call. Retrieved 7/19/05.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "More On Tampering Case Of Former Warminster Police Cpl. Michael Allen Schmalz". buckscountycouriertimes.com. buckscountycouriertimes.com. Retrieved 10/11/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Warminster cop loses bid to have tampering charge dismissed". phillyburbs.com. phillyburbs.com. Retrieved 11/1/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ "Officer Didn't Tamper with Reports, Court Finds". patch.com. patch.com. Retrieved 3/2/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "Bryan Benson and Seann Campbell (Warminster 1993)". phillyburbs.com. phillyburbs.com. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Unsolved murders: Bryan Benson and Seann Campbell". buckscountycouriertimes.com. buckscountycouriertimes.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

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