Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Richland Township
Little Red Schoolhouse
Location of Richland Township in Bucks County
Location of Richland Township in Bucks County
Richland Township is located in Pennsylvania
Richland Township
Richland Township
Location of Richland Township in Pennsylvania
Richland Township is located in the United States
Richland Township
Richland Township
Richland Township (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°26′52″N 75°19′40″W / 40.44778°N 75.32778°W / 40.44778; -75.32778Coordinates: 40°26′52″N 75°19′40″W / 40.44778°N 75.32778°W / 40.44778; -75.32778
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyBucks
Established1734
Area
 • Total20.76 sq mi (53.78 km2)
 • Land20.65 sq mi (53.48 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
Elevation
499 ft (152 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total13,052
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
13,200
 • Density639.29/sq mi (246.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
18951
Area code(s)215
FIPS code42-017-64536
Websitewww.richlandtownship.org

Richland Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 11,100 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The Shelly School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.5 square miles (53.1 km²), of which, 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.24%) is water. It is drained by the Tohickon Creek eastward into the Delaware River. The township contains one incorporated borough: Quakertown, and its villages include California, Paletown, Pullen, Quaker, Rich Hill, and Shelly.[4]

Natural features include Beaver Run, Dry Branch, Licking Run, Morgan Run, Rock Hill, and Tohickon Creek.[4]

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Richland Township surrounds the boroughs of Quakertown and Richlandtown.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Richland 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 -2.0 °F (-18.9 °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 Richland 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) 37.6
(3.1)
40.9
(4.9)
49.5
(9.7)
61.7
(16.5)
71.7
(22.1)
80.2
(26.8)
84.1
(28.9)
82.5
(28.1)
75.8
(24.3)
64.3
(17.9)
53.1
(11.7)
41.6
(5.3)
62.0
(16.7)
Daily mean °F (°C) 28.8
(−1.8)
31.5
(−0.3)
39.2
(4.0)
50.2
(10.1)
60.0
(15.6)
69.0
(20.6)
73.4
(23.0)
71.8
(22.1)
64.4
(18.0)
52.9
(11.6)
43.1
(6.2)
33.2
(0.7)
51.6
(10.9)
Average low °F (°C) 20.1
(−6.6)
22.0
(−5.6)
28.9
(−1.7)
38.7
(3.7)
48.2
(9.0)
57.8
(14.3)
62.6
(17.0)
61.0
(16.1)
53.0
(11.7)
41.6
(5.3)
33.1
(0.6)
24.8
(−4.0)
41.1
(5.1)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.49
(89)
2.83
(72)
3.70
(94)
4.09
(104)
4.32
(110)
4.36
(111)
4.83
(123)
3.89
(99)
4.58
(116)
4.36
(111)
3.78
(96)
4.08
(104)
48.31
(1,227)
Average relative humidity (%) 68.7 65.9 61.3 59.7 63.8 70.0 69.9 72.8 73.6 71.7 71.2 71.2 68.3
Average dew point °F (°C) 19.8
(−6.8)
21.4
(−5.9)
27.0
(−2.8)
36.7
(2.6)
47.7
(8.7)
58.8
(14.9)
63.0
(17.2)
62.6
(17.0)
55.8
(13.2)
44.0
(6.7)
34.4
(1.3)
24.9
(−3.9)
41.4
(5.2)
Source: PRISM Climate Group[6]

Ecology[edit]

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Richland 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.
19302,173
19402,105−3.1%
19503,05044.9%
19603,78324.0%
19704,0898.1%
19806,28653.7%
19908,56036.2%
20009,92015.9%
201011,10011.9%
Est. 201613,200[2]18.9%
[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 9,920 people, 3,763 households, and 2,667 families residing in the township. The population density was 484.7 people per square mile (187.1/km²). There were 3,877 housing units at an average density of 189.4/sq mi (73.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.35% White, 0.93% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 3,763 households, out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the township the population was spread out, with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,057, and the median income for a family was $55,359. Males had a median income of $37,677 versus $27,826 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,582. About 2.5% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

Legislators[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

  • Rick Orloff
  • Tim Ritter
  • Tim Arnold

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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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