West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
|West Penn Township, Pennsylvania|
Map of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Highlighting West Penn Township
Map of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
|• Total||58.2 sq mi (151 km2)|
|• Land||58.0 sq mi (150 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|• Density||66.4/sq mi (25.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Zip code||17960, 18211, 18252|
|Area code(s)||570 - Exchange: 386, 818, 668, 952, 610 - Exchange: 377|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 58.2 square miles (150.7 km²), of which, 58.0 square miles (150.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.38%) is water. It extends from Blue Mountain in the south to the border of Tamaqua in the north and from the Carbon County border in the east to the Little Schuylkill River in the west, which drains a part of its area. A sizable portion of West Penn is drained into the Lehigh River via the Mahoning and Lizard Creeks, which both originate in the township.
The numbered state routes of West Penn are 309, 443, and 895. West Penn is served by the Mahoning Valley Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension, which passes through neighboring Mahoning Township. Its villages include Andreas (pronounced ANN-dreez and also in Carbon County), Clamtown, Dorset, Kepner (also in East Brunswick,) Leibeyville, Longacre, Mahoning Valley (also in Mahoning Township), Mantzville (pronounced MAHNTS-ville), Millers, Snyders, and South Tamaqua.
The geographic center of West Penn is located approximately 29 road miles (46.7 km) north of Allentown, 8 road miles (9.7 km) south of Tamaqua, 15 road miles (24.1 km) east of Orwigsburg, and 7 road miles (16.1 km) west of Lehighton.
- Tamaqua (north)
- Walker Township (west)
- East Brunswick Township (southwest)
- Albany Township, Berks County (south)
- Lynn Township, Lehigh County (south)
- Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County (tangent to the southeast)
- East Penn Township, Carbon County (east)
- Mahoning Township, Carbon County (northeast)
- Summit Hill, Carbon County (northeast)
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,852 people, 1,485 households, and 1,136 families residing in the township. The population density was 66.4 people per square mile (25.7/km²). There were 1,607 housing units at an average density of 27.7/sq mi (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.78% White, 0.21% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.
There were 1,485 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $39,276, and the median income for a family was $47,341. Males had a median income of $31,673 versus $21,649 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,577. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
- Alfonso Martinez, Chairman
- David Zeigler, Vice-chairman
- James Akins
- State Representative Jerry Knowles, Republican, 124th district
- State Senator Dave Argall, Republican, 29th district
- US Representative Matt Cartwright, Democrat, 17th district