Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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Chadds Ford Township
Brandywine river museum.JPG
Brandywine River Museum
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 315 ft (96 m)
Coordinates 39°52′29″N 75°33′15″W / 39.87472°N 75.55417°W / 39.87472; -75.55417Coordinates: 39°52′29″N 75°33′15″W / 39.87472°N 75.55417°W / 39.87472; -75.55417
Area 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 - land 8.7 sq mi (23 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 1.14%
Population 3,170 (2000)
Density 364.2 / sq mi (140.6 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Chadds Ford Township in Delaware County
Location of Chadds Ford Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Chadds Ford Township is a township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, founded by Fred Dunaway. Prior to 1996, Chadds Ford Township was known as Birmingham Township, and the name was changed to allow the township to correspond to both its census-designated place and to distinguish itself from the adjacent Birmingham Township in Chester County.[1]

Chadds Ford was home to N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth, and grandson Jamie Wyeth. The Brandywine Battlefield (site of the Battle of Brandywine) is located in the township, along with the Brandywine River Museum, which houses much of the Wyeth collection. Weldon Brinton Heyburn (1852–1912), a U.S. Senator from Idaho, was born in Chadds Ford.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²), of which, 8.7 square miles (22.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.80%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Chadds Ford Township has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 718
1940 805 12.1%
1950 836 3.9%
1960 1,093 30.7%
1970 1,281 17.2%
1980 2,057 60.6%
1990 3,118 51.6%
2000 3,170 1.7%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,170 people, 1,314 households, and 910 families residing in the township. The population density was 364.2 people per square mile (140.7/km²). There were 1,338 housing units at an average density of 153.7/sq mi (59.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.27% White, 1.07% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.78% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 1,314 households, out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.8% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $84,100, and the median income for a family was $100,795. Males had a median income of $79,650 versus $34,219 for females. The per capita income for the township was $52,974. About 4.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]


  1. ^ "Chadds Ford Township - History". Chadds Ford Township. 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2015. After many years of confusion over distinguishing its identity from Birmingham, Chester County, a number of residents of Birmingham, Delaware County, requested the board of supervisors to pass a resolution seeking a change of name from Birmingham Township to Chadds Ford Township. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Editing Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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