Washington Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°44′59″N 75°37′30″W / 40.74972°N 75.62500°W / 40.74972; -75.62500
Washington Township
Township
Lehigh Gap Nature Center.jpg
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lehigh
Elevation 518 ft (157.9 m)
Coordinates 40°44′59″N 75°37′30″W / 40.74972°N 75.62500°W / 40.74972; -75.62500
Area 23.8 sq mi (61.6 km2)
 - land 23.7 sq mi (61 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 0.42%
Population 6,588 (2000)
Density 278.4 / sq mi (107.5 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Washington Township in Lehigh County
Location of Washington Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Washington Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley area of the state.

The population of Washington Township was 6,588 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

The Vigilant Fire Company Firemen's Monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.8 square miles (61.6 km²), of which, 23.7 square miles (61.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.46%) is water. It is drained by the Lehigh River, which separates it from Northampton County, and Blue Mountain separates it from Carbon County.

Its villages include Best Station, Emerald, Friedens, Lehigh Furnace, Lehigh Gap (also in Northampton County,) Neffs (also in North Whitehall Township,) Newhard, Newside, and Slatedale. Washington Township is served by PA 873, which crosses north-to-south from PA 248 in Lehigh Gap to PA 329 in Neffs and PA 309 in Schnecksville. An important east-to-west thoroughfare is Mountain Road, which proceeds west from PA 873 in Lehigh Gap to PA 309 north of New Tripoli.

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,588 people, 2,512 households, and 1,929 families residing in the township. The population density was 278.4 people per square mile (107.5/km²). There were 2,594 housing units at an average density of 109.6/sq mi (42.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.71% White, 0.21% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 2,512 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,587, and the median income for a family was $55,332. Males had a median income of $35,340 versus $26,967 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,980. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

Public education[edit]

The Township is served by the Northern Lehigh School District.

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.