Penn Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Penn Township,
Westmoreland County,
Pennsylvania
Monument at the Bushy Run Battlefield
Monument at the Bushy Run Battlefield
Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Penn Township
Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Penn Township
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting
Westmoreland County
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyWestmoreland
Area
 • Total30.76 sq mi (79.68 km2)
 • Land30.76 sq mi (79.68 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total20,005
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
19,387
 • Density650.3/sq mi (245.74/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-129-58880
Websitehttps://penntwp.org/

Penn Township is a township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States.

History[edit]

Penn Township, officially known as the Township of Penn, was named after Pennsylvania founder William Penn. The township was incorporated on February 23, 1855.

In the early years after its founding, numerous Scotch-Irish Americans came to the area to farm it's rich land. Later in the township's history, coal mining contributed heavily to the economy.[3]

Penn Township is also home to the Bushy Run Battlefield. The Bushy Run Battlefield was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and is designated a National Historic Landmark.[4]

In 1957 Carnegie Mellon University chose the township for a new lab facility.[5]

Geography[edit]

Penn Township is located in the western part of Westmoreland County. It is approximately 25 miles east from Pittsburgh and 7 miles east of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The township is bordered by north by Murrysville, Pennsylvania, northeast by Salem Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, east by Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, southeast by Jeannette, Pennsylvania, southwest by North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, west-southwest by Trafford, Pennsylvania, and west by Monroeville, Pennsylvania.[6]

Penn Township maintains nearly 100 miles of roadways. The township has three major transportation routes within its boundaries: Pennsylvania Route 130, Pennsylvania Route 993, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 30.76 square miles (79.1 km²), all of it land.

Penn Township is also part of the Turtle Creek (Monongahela River tributary).

Government[edit]

Penn Township was incorporated in 1855 and became a First Class Township (Pennsylvania) in 1958[8]. The township is governed by five commissioners who are publicly elected and serve a four-year term. Penn Township also has a tax collector elected to serve a four-year term.

Like all First Class Townships, Penn Township has a fully functioning police force.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19406,085
19507,46122.6%
196010,70243.4%
197012,97521.2%
198016,15324.5%
199015,945−1.3%
200019,59122.9%
201020,0052.1%
Est. 201819,387[9]−3.1%

Population[edit]

As of July 1, 2018, Penn Township has a population of 19387. This is a 3.1% decrease from the 2010 US Census Population.

Age and Sex[edit]

Penn Township[10] Pennsylvania United States
Persons under 5 Years, percent 5.4 5.5 6.1
Persons under 18 Years, percent 20.0 20.7 22.4
Persons 65 Years and over, percent 18.7 18.2 16.0
Female Persons, percent 50.4 51 50.

Race and Hispanic Origin[edit]

Penn Township[11] Pennsylvania United States
White alone, percent 98.0 81.8 76.5
Black or African American alone, percent 0.2 12.0 13.4
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent 0.0 0.4 1.3
Asian alone, percent 0.1 3.7 5.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent 0.1 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races, percent 1.5 2.1 2.7
Hispanic or Latino, percent 0.7 7.6 18.3
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent 97.6 76.1 60.4

Education[edit]

Penn Township is within the Penn-Trafford School District[12][circular reference]. The district operates eight schools, six of which are in Penn Township:

  • McCullough Elementary School
  • Level Green Elementary School
  • Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Harrison Park Elementary School
  • Penn Middle School
  • Penn-Trafford High School

The Murrysville branch of the Westmoreland County Community College is located along Mellon Road.

Penn Township has an overall graduation rate of 96.3% and a bachelor's degree rate of 37.7%[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/penntownshipwestmorelandcountypennsylvania,PA,US/PST045218
  3. ^ https://penntwp.org/history/
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  5. ^ Bauman, Mary Lou (July 26, 1977), "Toxic Research Lab Scheduled For Penn", News Dispatch, Jeanette, PA
  6. ^ http://www.usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/westmo/usgs/
  7. ^ https://penntwp.org/about/
  8. ^ https://penntwp.org/history/
  9. ^ https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml
  10. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/penntownshipwestmorelandcountypennsylvania,PA,US/PST045218
  11. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/penntownshipwestmorelandcountypennsylvania,PA,US/PST045218
  12. ^ Penn-Trafford School District
  13. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/penntownshipwestmorelandcountypennsylvania,PA,US/PST045218

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°22′00″N 79°36′59″W / 40.36667°N 79.61639°W / 40.36667; -79.61639