Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Lower Moreland Township
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Bethayres in the township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 223 ft (68.0 m)
Coordinates 40°07′00″N 75°02′59″W / 40.11667°N 75.04972°W / 40.11667; -75.04972Coordinates: 40°07′00″N 75°02′59″W / 40.11667°N 75.04972°W / 40.11667; -75.04972
Area 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)
 - land 7.3 sq mi (19 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 1.37%
Population 12,982 (2010)
Density 1,548.3/sq mi (597.8/km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code 19006
Area code 215
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Location of Lower Moreland Township in Montgomery County
Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Location of Lower Moreland Township in Pennsylvania
Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is located in the US
Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Location of Lower Moreland Township in Pennsylvania
Website: www.lowermoreland.org

Lower Moreland Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 12,982 at the 2010 census.


The Bryn Athyn-Lower Moreland Bridge and Fetter's Mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km2), which consists of all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,300
1940 1,451 11.6%
1950 2,245 54.7%
1960 5,731 155.3%
1970 11,665 103.5%
1980 12,472 6.9%
1990 11,768 −5.6%
2000 11,281 −4.1%
2010 12,982 15.1%

As of the 2010 census, the township was 88.2% White, 1.0% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 8.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 1.2% were two or more races. 1.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 11,281 people, 4,112 households, and 3,330 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,548.3 people per square mile (597.5/km2). There were 4,209 housing units at an average density of 577.7/sq mi (222.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.36% White, 0.53% African American, 0.05% Native American, 3.37% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population. The area is home to a significant and fast-growing foreign-born population, with large concentrations of Russian, Indian, and Korean immigrants.

There were 4,112 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $82,597, and the median income for a family was $98,656. Males had a median income of $69,173 versus $37,902 for females. The per capita income for the township was $40,129. About 1.1% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2012 53.5% 3,813 45.6% 3,249
2008 49.6% 3,612 49.6% 3,608
2004 47.7% 3,402 51.9% 3,701
2000 43.6% 2,821 54.1% 3,504
1996 46.8% 2,809 45.1% 2,710
1992 45.9% 3,052 39.2% 2,603

Notable residents and natives[edit]

  • Harry Elfont - Screenwriter and director of Can't Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats, was inducted into Lower Moreland High School's Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • Marvin Harrison - All Star NFL Wide Receiver who played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1996 to 2008.[5][not in citation given]
  • Valerie Plame - CIA agent and wife of Joseph Wilson "outed" in 2003, was inducted into Lower Moreland High School's Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Terri Schiavo - Woman who was in a persistent vegetative state and the subject of much controversy when her feeding tube was removed in 2005. Schiavo lived in Lower Moreland from childhood until 1986.
  • Nancy Spungen - Girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious and murder victim. Murdered in 1978 at the Chelsea Hotel.
  • Jill Kelley - Lebanese-American socialite in Tampa, Florida, who became a key figure in the 2012 United States government investigation into inappropriate communications by top U.S. Generals David Petraeus and John R. Allen.
  • Samuel Zonshayn - Soviet refugee was an influential member of the Bucks County Bourgeois Scene ("BCBS") which gained notoriety during the early 00's. Led the movement's radical political wing while publicly battling librarians and PTA leadership. Currently owns and operates Boca Vizura - a small resort 2 miles from BP's Mexican Gulf oil rig.
  • Myles Koven - Famous Lower Moreland industrialist and nuclear energy advocate - thought to be the only power plant engineer that was born next to one. After untimely demise, autopsy found him to be anatomically similar to a male moose.

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Preceded by
Bordering communities
of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Lower Southampton Township
Bucks County