Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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Middletown Township
Home Rule Municipality
Middletown Friends School.JPG
School at Middletown Friends Meeting House
Motto: "Where all trails lead"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 161 ft (49.1 m)
Coordinates 39°54′11″N 75°25′41″W / 39.90306°N 75.42806°W / 39.90306; -75.42806Coordinates: 39°54′11″N 75°25′41″W / 39.90306°N 75.42806°W / 39.90306; -75.42806
Area 13.5 sq mi (35 km2)
 - land 13.5 sq mi (35 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 16,064 (2000)
Density 1,192.6 / sq mi (460.5 / km2)
Founded 1686
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Middletown Township in Delaware County
Location of Middletown Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.middletowntownship.org

Middletown Township is a township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 16,064 at the 2000 census. The Pennsylvania State University has an undergraduate satellite campus located in the north-central portion of the township, while Neumann University, a private co-educational Franciscan university, is located in nearby Aston Township.

Originally established in 1686, Middletown Township adopted a Home Rule Charter in 1978. The Township is governed by the Council-Manager system, a representative form of government in which the 7 elected officials set policy for the Township and the Manager oversees the delivery of all public services and programs.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 13.5 square miles (34.9 km²), all of it land.

The township is 15 miles (24 km) west of Center City, Philadelphia.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 4,728
1940 5,078 7.4%
1950 6,038 18.9%
1960 11,256 86.4%
1970 12,878 14.4%
1980 12,463 −3.2%
1990 14,130 13.4%
2000 16,064 13.7%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,064 people, 5,524 households, and 3,756 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,192.6 people per square mile (460.5/km²). There were 5,641 housing units at an average density of 418.8 per square mile (161.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.28% White, 3.08% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 5,524 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 28.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $62,949, and the median income for a family was $77,649. Males had a median income of $54,495 versus $39,792 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,418. About 1.1% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


Wawa Food Markets has its headquarters in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania,[3][4] near the township.[1]

One of Delaware County's three enclosed shopping malls, Granite Run Mall, is located in Middletown Township.

Transportation and schools[edit]

US Route 1 runs through Middletown Township and leads to I-476 (Blue Route). The Township is served by the Rose Tree Media School District. The elementary schools serving are Indian Lane, Media, Glenwood, and Rose Tree the middle school is Springton Lake, located in Upper Providence, and the high school is Penncrest, located also in Middletown. The local Boy Scout Troops are Troop 85 which meets at Middletown Presbyterian Church and Troop 404 which meets at Lima United Methodist Church.

Emergency Services/Protection[edit]

Williamson College of the Trades in the township

Middletown Township is protected by three, 100% volunteer, fire companies; Middletown Fire Company No. 1, Lenni Heights Fire Company, & Lima Fire Company.

The township's police protection is handled by the Pennsylvania State Police.

The township's Emergency Medical Services is handled by Riddle Memorial Hospital's Paramedic Units.


  1. ^ a b "Stores Post Billboard Ads for Tobacco, Despite Ban." The New York Times. May 9, 1999. Retrieved on December 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "About Wawa." Wawa Inc. Retrieved on February 18, 2011. "Headquarters Red Roof, Baltimore Pike Wawa, Pennsylvania 19063."
  4. ^ "Chester Heights borough, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 18, 2011.

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