West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°58′21″N 75°34′58″W / 39.97250°N 75.58278°W / 39.97250; -75.58278
West Goshen Township
Township
Apartment in West Chester, Pennsylvania.jpg
Seal
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 469 ft (143 m)
Coordinates 39°58′21″N 75°34′58″W / 39.97250°N 75.58278°W / 39.97250; -75.58278
Area 12.0 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 - land 11.9 sq mi (31 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 0.83%
Population 21,866 (2010)
Density 1,719.6 / sq mi (663.9 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Location of West Goshen Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.wgoshen.org

West Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 21,866 at the 2010 census. In 2009, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 11th best small town in America.

West Goshen Township is the headquarters for QVC, though its address is in West Chester.

History[edit]

The Collins Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1] The township came under national attention after Ryan Dunn was killed in a car crash in 2011. In 2013, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 10th best small town in America.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.2 km²), of which, 11.9 square miles (30.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.91%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,958
1940 2,456 25.4%
1950 3,542 44.2%
1960 8,214 131.9%
1970 12,858 56.5%
1980 16,164 25.7%
1990 18,082 11.9%
2000 20,495 13.3%
2010 21,866 6.7%
http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls.

As of the 2010 census, the township was 88.8% White, 3.7% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.7% Asian, and 1.4% were two or more races. 3.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 20,495 people, 7,554 households, and 5,484 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,719.6 people per square mile (663.9/km²). There were 7,703 housing units at an average density of 646.3/sq mi (249.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.51% White, 4.25% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.78% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.

There were 7,554 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71,055, and the median income for a family was $84,574 (these figures had risen to $85,807 and $102,356 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[4]). Males had a median income of $51,676 versus $36,783 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,487. About 1.5% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and Recreation[edit]

The Township has four main parks:

Barker Park is located on Falcon Lane near Westtown Road. It is equipped with a pavilion with 10-12 tables, two charcoal grills, and four electrical outlets on the posts of the pavilion. There is a backstop for T-ball or wiffle ball as well as playground equipment.

Coopersmith Park is located off Spring Lane, behind Margarita's Restaurant. It is equipped with a pavilion with 12 picnic tables, five charcoal grills, and two electrical outlets. There is a backstop for Tee-ball or wiffle ball, a grass volleyball court (bring your own net and ball), an exercise trail, playground equipment and a horseshoe pit (bring your on horseshoes).

Hallowell Park is located off North Five Points Road, next to the Township Building. It is equipped with four picnic tables, one charcoal grill, a backstop for adult softball or youth hardball, and playground equipment.

West Goshen Community Park is located at the intersection of Fern Hill and North Five Points Roads near Ice Line. It is equipped with an amphitheater and adjacent picnic pavilion with eight picnic tables, five outlets, and four charcoal grills. The Community Park is equipped with two basketball courts, one softball field, one Little League baseball field, adult hardball field, four tennis courts, and two sand volleyball courts. There is a playground, a concession stand, and a paved walking path of .8 mile circles the park.

Economy[edit]

QVC has its headquarters in West Goshen Township, by U.S. Route 202.[5][6]

Electronics Boutique, when it existed as an independent company, had its headquarters in West Goshen Township.[6][7][8]

Transportation[edit]

Brandywine Airport is in West Goshen.[9]

SEPTA provides frequent bus service through West Goshen Township to the 69th Street Transportation Center, West Chester Transportation Center (via route 104), and to King of Prussia, and Exton Square Mall (via route 92).

Education[edit]

West Goshen is located in the West Chester Area School District.

West Chester Henderson High School is located partially in West Goshen, and partially in West Chester.[10][11]

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is partially located in West Goshen Township.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/PA#locality-tab
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=06000US4202977344&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US42%7C05000US42029%7C06000US4202977344&_street=&_county=west+goshen&_cityTown=west+goshen&_state=04000US42&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=060&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
  5. ^ "Directions to QVC Studio Park." QVC. Retrieved on August 11, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "West Goshen township, Chester County, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 11, 2010.
  7. ^ Moran, Sarah E. "County jobless rate worsens." Daily Local News. Tuesday November 1, 2005. Retrieved on August 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "Contact." Electronic Boutique. June 11, 2004. Retrieved on August 11, 2010. "931 South Matlack St. West Chester, PA 19382."
  9. ^ "COUNTY AIRPORTS FLYING HIGH \ TRAFFIC IS UP AT THE THREE AIRFIELDS. THEY HAVE GROWN TO HANDLE A LOT OF OVERFLOW FROM PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL." Philadelphia Enquirer. October 14, 1999. B01 Neighbors Chester and Brandywine. Retrieved on August 11, 2010. "west of Coatesville the largest Brandywine Airport in West Goshen which is owned by a..."
  10. ^ "Zoning Map." Borough of West Chester. January 20, 2011. Retrieved on February 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Precinct 265." West Goshen Township. Retrieved on February 23, 2011.

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