Washington Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°23′00″N 75°37′59″W / 40.38333°N 75.63306°W / 40.38333; -75.63306
Washington Township
Township
Barto Bridge 02.JPG
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Elevation 554 ft (168.9 m)
Coordinates 40°23′00″N 75°37′59″W / 40.38333°N 75.63306°W / 40.38333; -75.63306
Area 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 - land 14.0 sq mi (36 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 3,810 (2010)
Density 239.2 / sq mi (92.4 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Washington Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.washtwpberks.org/index.asp

Washington Township is a township in eastern Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,810 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The Barto Bridge, Borneman Mill, Philip Christman House, and Dale Furnace and Forge 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 14.0 square miles (36.3 km²), all of it land. It is drained by the Perkiomen Creek into the Schuylkill River. The northwest portion is located in the South Mountains. Washington Township's villages include Barto, Clayton (also in Hereford Township), Dale, and Eshbach. Route 100 crosses it north-to-south on its path from Lehigh County to Pottstown via Bally. Other local roads of note include Barto Road, County Line Road, Forgedale Road, Hoffmansville Road, Kutztown Road, and Niantic Road.

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Washington Township surrounds the boroughs of Bally and Bechtelsville.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 2,569
1990 2,799 9.0%
2000 3,354 19.8%
2010 3,810 13.6%
Source: US Census Bureau

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,354 people, 1,212 households, and 970 families residing in the township. The population density was 239.2 people per square mile (92.4/km²). There were 1,250 housing units at an average density of 89.2/sq mi (34.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.88% White, 0.75% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 1,212 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $53,241, and the median income for a family was $60,054. Males had a median income of $37,951 versus $26,298 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,454. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

Legislators[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

  • James Roma, Chairman
  • Ernest Gehman, Vice Chairman
  • David Moyer

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.