Doylestown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Doylestown Township
Tabor Home for Needy and Destitute Children
Motto(s): 
"A Township with a sense of place"[1]
Location of Doylestown Township in Bucks County
Location of Doylestown Township in Bucks County
Doylestown Township is located in Pennsylvania
Doylestown Township
Doylestown Township
Location in Pennsylvania and the United States
Doylestown Township is located in the United States
Doylestown Township
Doylestown Township
Doylestown Township (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°18′46″N 75°07′37″W / 40.3129°N 75.1270°W / 40.3129; -75.1270Coordinates: 40°18′46″N 75°07′37″W / 40.3129°N 75.1270°W / 40.3129; -75.1270
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyBucks
Founded1818
Area
 • Total15.63 sq mi (40.48 km2)
 • Land15.44 sq mi (39.99 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation
299 ft (91 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total17,565
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
17,559
 • Density1,137.09/sq mi (439.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)215
FIPS code42-017-19792
Websitewww.doylestownpa.org

Doylestown Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 17,565 at the 2010 census. Adjacent to the county seat, many county offices and the county correctional facility are located in this township. Doylestown Central Park is a park in the township.

History[edit]

Doylestown includes a number of villages which were formerly independent communities, including Bennetts Corner, Castle Valley, Cross Keys, Dyerstown, Edison, Fountainville, Furlong, Greers Corner, Paul Valley, Tradesville, The Turk, and Vauxtown.[1][4] Fordhook Farm and Tabor Home for Needy and Destitute Children were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[5] It was also the location of the formerly listed Fretz Farm.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40 km2), of which, 15.5 square miles (40 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.51%) is water. It is drained by the Neshaminy Creek into the Delaware River.

Natural features include Almshouse Hill, Featherbed Hill, Flatiron Hill, Fretz Valley, Iron Hill, Little Buckingham Mountain, Mill Creek, Neshaminy Creek, Pebble Hill, and Pine Run.[4]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Doylestown Township, Pennsylvania has a hot-summer, wet all year, humid continental climate (Dfa). Dfa climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F (≤ 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C), and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months, episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F (≥ 38 °C). On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone is 6b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of -0.7 °F (-18.2 °C).[6] The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is between 30 and 36 inches (76 and 91 cm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.

Climate data for Doylestown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (1981 – 2010 averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39.1
(3.9)
42.4
(5.8)
50.8
(10.4)
62.7
(17.1)
72.6
(22.6)
81.4
(27.4)
85.6
(29.8)
83.9
(28.8)
77.0
(25.0)
65.7
(18.7)
54.7
(12.6)
43.3
(6.3)
63.4
(17.4)
Daily mean °F (°C) 30.5
(−0.8)
33.3
(0.7)
40.8
(4.9)
51.6
(10.9)
61.2
(16.2)
70.5
(21.4)
75.0
(23.9)
73.5
(23.1)
66.2
(19.0)
54.5
(12.5)
44.8
(7.1)
34.9
(1.6)
53.2
(11.8)
Average low °F (°C) 21.8
(−5.7)
24.1
(−4.4)
30.9
(−0.6)
40.4
(4.7)
49.8
(9.9)
59.6
(15.3)
64.5
(18.1)
63.0
(17.2)
55.3
(12.9)
43.3
(6.3)
34.9
(1.6)
26.5
(−3.1)
42.9
(6.1)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.25
(83)
2.63
(67)
3.74
(95)
3.91
(99)
4.34
(110)
4.30
(109)
5.01
(127)
4.06
(103)
4.44
(113)
4.17
(106)
3.63
(92)
3.91
(99)
47.39
(1,204)
Average relative humidity (%) 66.6 63.4 59.1 58.0 62.5 67.4 67.5 69.7 71.2 70.0 68.9 68.5 66.1
Average dew point °F (°C) 20.7
(−6.3)
22.2
(−5.4)
27.6
(−2.4)
37.3
(2.9)
48.3
(9.1)
59.2
(15.1)
63.5
(17.5)
63.0
(17.2)
56.6
(13.7)
44.9
(7.2)
35.2
(1.8)
25.6
(−3.6)
42.1
(5.6)
Source: PRISM Climate Group[7]

Ecology[edit]

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Doylestown Township, Pennsylvania would have an Appalachian Oak (104) vegetation type with an Eastern Hardwood Forest (25) vegetation form.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19301,371
19401,4717.3%
19502,36460.7%
19603,79560.5%
19706,61374.3%
198011,82478.8%
199014,51022.7%
200017,61921.4%
201017,565−0.3%
Est. 201617,559[3]0.0%
[9]

As of the 2010 census, the township was 92.4% White, 1.3% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 1.5% were two or more races. 2.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 17,619 people, 5,999 households, and 4,445 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,136.7 people per square mile (438.9/km²). There were 6,200 housing units at an average density of 400.0/sq mi (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.22% White, 2.59% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.40% of the population.

There were 5,999 households, out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $81,226, and the median income for a family was $93,984. Males had a median income of $62,853 versus $36,180 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,031. About 1.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Doylestown Township, Pennsylvania". Doylestown Township, Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b MacReynolds, George, Place Names in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Doylestown, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA, 1942.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  7. ^ "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State U". www.prism.oregonstate.edu. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Potential Natural Vegetation, Original Kuchler Types, v2.0 (Spatially Adjusted to Correct Geometric Distortions)". Data Basin. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  9. ^ http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls
  10. ^ "Census 2010: Pennsylvania". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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