Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Plumstead Township

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Plumstead Township
House in the Dyerstown Historic District
House in the Dyerstown Historic District
Location of Plumstead Township in Bucks County
Location of Plumstead Township in Bucks County
Plumstead Township is located in Pennsylvania
Plumstead Township
Plumstead Township
Location in Pennsylvania and the United States
Plumstead Township is located in the United States
Plumstead Township
Plumstead Township
Plumstead Township (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°23′00″N 75°06′59″W / 40.38333°N 75.11639°W / 40.38333; -75.11639Coordinates: 40°23′00″N 75°06′59″W / 40.38333°N 75.11639°W / 40.38333; -75.11639
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyBucks
Area
 • Total27.28 sq mi (70.66 km2)
 • Land27.16 sq mi (70.35 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
Elevation
394 ft (120 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total12,442
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
13,687
 • Density503.87/sq mi (194.55/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)215 and 267
FIPS code42-017-61616
Websitewww.plumstead.org

Plumstead Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 12,442 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The Gardenville-North Branch Rural Historic District, Dyerstown Historic District, and Loux Covered Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 27.2 square miles (70.5 km²), of which, 27.2 square miles (70.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.18%) is water. It is drained by the Delaware River, which separates it from New Jersey. Past and present villages include Carversville (also in Solebury Township,) Cross Keys (also in Doylestown Township,) Curley Hill, Danboro, Dyerstown, Fountainville, Gardenville, Griers Corner (also in Bedminster and Hilltown Townships,) Groveland, Hinkletown, Kendigtown, Keplers Corner, Landisville, Lower Black Eddy, Lumberville, Melchers Corner, Plumsteadville, Point Pleasant (also in Tinicum Township), Smiths Corner, Smithtown, and Wismer.[4]

Ralph Stover State Park is located in Plumstead Township and Tinicum Township.

Natural features include Cabin Run, Curley Hill, Geddes Run, Hickory Run, Irish Run, Moss Giel Rock, Slobbery Run, and Tohickon Creek.[4]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Plumstead Township, Pennsylvania has a hot-summer, wet all year, humid continental climate (Dfa). Dfa climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F (≤ 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C), and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months, episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F (≥ 38 °C). On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone is 6b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of -2.7 °F (-19.3 °C).[5] The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is between 30 and 36 inches (76 and 91 cm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.

Climate data for Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (1981 – 2010 averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38.1
(3.4)
41.5
(5.3)
49.9
(9.9)
62.0
(16.7)
71.9
(22.2)
80.6
(27.0)
84.8
(29.3)
83.0
(28.3)
76.1
(24.5)
64.8
(18.2)
53.8
(12.1)
42.4
(5.8)
62.5
(16.9)
Daily mean °F (°C) 29.4
(−1.4)
32.2
(0.1)
39.8
(4.3)
50.7
(10.4)
60.4
(15.8)
69.6
(20.9)
74.1
(23.4)
72.5
(22.5)
65.1
(18.4)
53.6
(12.0)
43.9
(6.6)
33.9
(1.1)
52.2
(11.2)
Average low °F (°C) 20.7
(−6.3)
22.9
(−5.1)
29.7
(−1.3)
39.4
(4.1)
49.0
(9.4)
58.6
(14.8)
63.4
(17.4)
62.0
(16.7)
54.2
(12.3)
42.4
(5.8)
34.0
(1.1)
25.5
(−3.6)
41.9
(5.5)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.38
(86)
2.74
(70)
3.84
(98)
4.05
(103)
4.33
(110)
4.37
(111)
5.03
(128)
4.04
(103)
4.50
(114)
4.26
(108)
3.72
(94)
4.01
(102)
48.27
(1,226)
Average relative humidity (%) 67.9 64.3 59.9 58.8 63.4 68.8 68.3 71.1 72.7 70.9 69.9 69.6 67.1
Average dew point °F (°C) 20.1
(−6.6)
21.5
(−5.8)
27.0
(−2.8)
36.8
(2.7)
47.9
(8.8)
58.9
(14.9)
63.0
(17.2)
62.6
(17.0)
56.1
(13.4)
44.4
(6.9)
34.7
(1.5)
25.0
(−3.9)
41.6
(5.3)
Source: PRISM Climate Group[6]

Ecology[edit]

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Plumstead Township, Pennsylvania would have an Appalachian Oak (104) vegetation type with an Eastern Hardwood Forest (25) vegetation form.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19302,080
19402,1684.2%
19502,3538.5%
19603,35442.5%
19704,68239.6%
19805,15310.1%
19906,28922.0%
200011,40981.4%
201012,4429.1%
Est. 201613,687[2]10.0%
[8]

As of the 2010 census, the township was 94.1% White, 0.7% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.7% Asian, and 1.4% were two or more races. 4.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 11,409 people, 3,938 households, and 3,130 families residing in the township. The population density was 420.1 people per square mile (162.2/km²). There were 4,103 housing units at an average density of 151.1/sq mi (58.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.36% White, 0.71% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

There were 3,938 households, out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the township the population was spread out, with 30.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $70,332, and the median income for a family was $80,946. Males had a median income of $56,263 versus $33,633 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,411. About 2.1% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b MacReynolds, George, Place Names in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Doylestown, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA, 1942, P1.
  5. ^ "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  6. ^ "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State U". www.prism.oregonstate.edu. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "U.S. Potential Natural Vegetation, Original Kuchler Types, v2.0 (Spatially Adjusted to Correct Geometric Distortions)". Data Basin. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  8. ^ http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls
  9. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/PA
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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