Pocopson Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
The Wilkinson House, a historic site in the township
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
|• Total||8.32 sq mi (21.56 km2)|
|• Land||8.19 sq mi (21.20 km2)|
|• Water||0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)|
|Elevation||397 ft (121 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||4,842|
|• Density||591.43/sq mi (228.35/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2), of which 8.3 square miles (21 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 1.43%, is water.
At the 2010 census, the township was 81.6% non-Hispanic White, 8.4% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.3% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 1.6% were two or more races. 4.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,350 people, 859 households, and 716 families residing in the township. The population density was 404.4 people per square mile (156.2/km²). There were 890 housing units at an average density of 107.4/sq mi (41.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.01% White, 11.64% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.09% of the population.
There were 859 households, out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.9% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the township the population was spread out, with 19.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 125.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 132.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $98,215, and the median income for a family was $105,144. Males had a median income of $77,174 versus $42,500 for females. The per capita income for the township was $51,883. About 1.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over
Pocopson is a mostly rural community, home to (besides residential areas) three restaurants, two parks, two veterinary offices, a career coaching practice, a canoe rental company, a dentist office, a beauty salon, a coffee shop, a florist, a prison and juvenile detention center, a retirement home, a post office, a hardware store, an elementary school, a fencing company and a steelworking hall. In December 2014, the township completed construction on a $2.1 million roundabout on Route 52 at Wawaset Road and Lenape-Unionville Road. The township was home to a giant Penn Oak that died in July 2016. Shortly after the tree's death, one local heaped praise on the fallen resident by stating "It had the courtesy not to hurt anyone or fall onto the road.” There were, however, signs that the majestical tree's health was in decay; mushrooms were growing around its base approximately two years prior to its death. The township is part of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.
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- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
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