Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
William and Mordecai Evans House, built 1763
|Elevation||276 ft (84.1 m)|
|Area||22.8 sq mi (59.1 km2)|
|- land||22.6 sq mi (59 km2)|
|- water||0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.88%|
|Density||599.6 / sq mi (231.5 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP Codes||19468, 19464, 19473, 18074|
It was named for the hometown of early settler William Evans, whose family arrived in the area from Limerick, Ireland in 1698. The township is mentioned in Philadelphia court records in the 1710s, but was not formally established of record until March Sessions 1726. Royersford, Pennsylvania was created from its southeastern corner in 1879. Limerick Township is a member of the Spring-Ford Area School District. The township has grown from an 1990 population of only 6,600 to 18,074 (2010 census). On July 27, 1994, a deadly tornado struck parts of Limerick Township, killing an infant and her parents. The most affected area was the Hamlet housing development.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.0 km2), of which, 22.6 square miles (58.5 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) of it (0.92%) is water. The Limerick Nuclear Power Plant is located within its borders, along with the Pottstown Limerick Airport. It is drained by the Schuylkill River, which separates it from Chester County. Its villages include Barlow Heights, Limerick, Linfield, and Neiffer.
- Lower Pottsgrove Township (west)
- New Hanover Township (northwest)
- Upper Frederick Township (north)
- Lower Frederick Township (northeast)
- Perkiomen Township (east)
- Upper Providence Township (southeast)
- Royersford (south)
- East Vincent Township, Chester County (southwest)
- East Coventry Township, Chester County (southwest)
As of the 2010 census, the township was 91.5% White, 3.4% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.2% Asian, and 1.3% were two or more races. 1.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry .
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,534 people, 5,143 households, and 3,744 families residing in the township. The population density was 599.6 people per square mile (231.5/km2). There were 5,442 housing units at an average density of 241.1/sq mi (93.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.10% White, 2.11% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.
There were 5,143 households, out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.9% 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 3.09.
In the township the population was spread out, with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 40.2% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $64,752, and the median income for a family was $73,296. Males had a median income of $46,351 versus $35,275 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,305. About 1.3% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
Government and politics
|2012||52.2% 4,784||46.6% 4,277|
|2008||46.8% 4,245||52.2% 4,734|
|2004||53.4% 4,359||46.1% 3,764|
|2000||52.7% 2,860||44.8% 2,432|
|1996||46.4% 1,548||39.0% 1,301|
|1992||43.4% 1,301||31.0% 929|
- Tom J. Neafcy, Jr. (Chairman)
- Kara Shuler (Vice-chair)
- Elaine DeWan
- Joseph St. Pedro
- Kenneth W. Sperring, Jr.
- US Representative Jim Gerlach, 6th district, Republican
- State Senator John Rafferty, 44th district, Republican
- State Representative Mark Painter, 146th district, Democratic
In 1890, Joseph F. Buzby, Royersford, Pa. Invented a Glass Telephone Insulator that was issued U S Patent # 427,296. A revolution in technology could not be recognized without such an invention.
The Philadelphia Premium Outlets, along with many other shopping centers have sprouted along with the growing population.
- Limerick, Ireland
- Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Two 8-Balls." Sex in the Suburbs: The Death of Ashley Burg. Crime Library. Retrieved on August 12, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Letters Patent 427,296", US Patent Office, 1890