Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Franconia Township
Skippack Creek at Allentown Road
Skippack Creek at Allentown Road
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°18′34″N 75°21′22″W / 40.30944°N 75.35611°W / 40.30944; -75.35611Coordinates: 40°18′34″N 75°21′22″W / 40.30944°N 75.35611°W / 40.30944; -75.35611
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyMontgomery
Area
 • Total13.85 sq mi (35.88 km2)
 • Land13.83 sq mi (35.83 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
407 ft (124 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total13,064
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
13,263
 • Density958.79/sq mi (370.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)215
FIPS code42-091-27280
Websitewww.franconiatownship.org

Franconia Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,064 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Franconia Township was founded in the late 1720's[3]. The name means "Land Of The Franks", and most of the settlers were Germans seeking religious freedom.

The Bridge in Franconia Township was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36 km2), of which, 13.8 square miles (36 km2) of it is land and 0.07% is water. It is in the Delaware watershed and is drained by the East Branch Perkiomen Creek and the West Branch Neshaminy Creek. Its villages include Earlington, Franconia, Morwood, and Reliance. Route 113 crosses it NE-to-SW and its other major road is north-to-south Allentown Road.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,270
18601,57924.3%
18701,95924.1%
18802,55630.5%
18902,258−11.7%
19301,915
19402,0406.5%
19502,77436.0%
19603,91041.0%
19705,24534.1%
19806,54524.8%
19907,22410.4%
200011,52359.5%
201013,06413.4%
Est. 201613,263[2]1.5%
[5]

As of the 2010 census, the township was 93.2% White, 1.6% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.3% Asian, and 1.2% were two or more races. 1.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 11,523 people, 4,151 households, and 3,300 families residing in the township. The population density was 833.1 people per square mile (321.7/km2). There were 4,236 housing units at an average density of 306.2/sq mi (118.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.57% White, 0.86% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 4,151 households, out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.2% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $62,126, and the median income for a family was $67,209. Males had a median income of $49,952 versus $32,925 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,751. About 1.4% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

Politics and government[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2012 63.9% 4,489 35.2% 2,478
2008 59.5% 4,119 39.7% 2,746
2004 66.6% 4,054 33.0% 2,009
2000 66.6% 3,209 31.3% 1,511
1996 62.8% 2,321 27.5% 1,016
1992 58.8% 1,915 23.3% 760

The township is part of Pennsylvania's 53rd Representative District (represented by Rep. Steve Malagari)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Franconia Township History".
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ (DVRPC), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. "DVRPC > Site Search". www.dvrpc.org.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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