Westtown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°57′02″N 75°32′51″W / 39.95056°N 75.54750°W / 39.95056; -75.54750
Westtown Township
Township
WesttownTownshipMainBuilding.JPG
The main administration building of Westtown Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Coordinates 39°57′02″N 75°32′51″W / 39.95056°N 75.54750°W / 39.95056; -75.54750
Area 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 - land 8.7 sq mi (23 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 0.45%
Population 10,827 (2010)
Density 1,244.5 / sq mi (480.5 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Westtown Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.westtownpa.org
A police car of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, serving Westtown Township, East Goshen Township, and Thornbury Township in Chester County
A large farm in Westtown Township, July 2004

Westtown Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,827 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

County Bridge No. 148 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.8 square miles (23 km2), of which 8.7 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.23%, is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 785
1940 912 16.2%
1950 994 9.0%
1960 1,947 95.9%
1970 5,069 160.3%
1980 6,774 33.6%
1990 9,937 46.7%
2000 10,352 4.2%
2010 10,827 4.6%
[2]

At the 2010 census, the township was 89.4% non-Hispanic White, 3.8% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 1.3% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 10,352 people, 3,705 households, and 2,949 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,185.5 people per square mile (457.8/km²). There were 3,795 housing units at an average density of 434.6/sq mi (167.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.97% White, 2.59% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 3,705 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $85,049, and the median income for a family was $96,318. Males had a median income of $66,675 versus $43,482 for females. The per capita income for the township was $36,894. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Political representation[edit]

Westtown Township is in the 7th District of the U.S. House, represented by Gerlach (R); the 26th District of the PA State Senate, represented by Edwin Erickson (R) (as of 2007); and the 168th District of the PA House, represented by Tom Killion (R) (as of 2007).

Township officials[edit]

Westtown Township is governed by a Board of Supervisors. Under the supervision of the board the township has many arms of government, including the Township Planning Commission, the Zoning Hearing Board, and the Park Advisory group, to name a few.

Township Board of Supervisors members 2014:

  • Carol R. DeWolf, Chair
  • Michael D. DiDomenico, Vice Chair
  • Thomas F. Haws, Jr., Police Commissioner
  • Robert R. Pingar, P.E., Township Manager and Director of Engineering.

Education[edit]

West Chester Area School District serves the township.

Other schools in the township include Westtown School, an independent school for grades pre-K through 12; the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School and the Ss. Simon and Jude Parish School, Catholic schools for grades pre-K through 8; and the Concept School, a private school for grades 5 through 12.

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