Richmond Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Richmond Township
Township
The Virginville Hotel on Pennsylvania Route 143 in Richmond Township
The Virginville Hotel on Pennsylvania Route 143 in Richmond Township
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Richmond Township is located in Pennsylvania
Richmond Township
Richmond Township
Location of Richmond Township in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°29′00″N 75°49′11″W / 40.48333°N 75.81972°W / 40.48333; -75.81972Coordinates: 40°29′00″N 75°49′11″W / 40.48333°N 75.81972°W / 40.48333; -75.81972
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Area
 • Total 23.7 sq mi (61 km2)
 • Land 23.6 sq mi (61 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 397 ft (121 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,397
 • Density 140/sq mi (55/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 610

Richmond Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,397 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The Joel Dreibelbis Farm, Merkel Mill Complex, Moselem Farms Mill, Christian Schlegel Farm, and Virginville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.7 square miles (61.3 km²), of which, 23.6 square miles (61.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.17%) is water. It is drained by the Maiden Creek into the Schuylkill River and its southern boundary is on South Mountain. Crystal Cave is also located within Richmond Township.

Its villages include Kempville, Kirbyville, Moselem (pronounced "mo-SAY-lem"), Moselem Springs, Virginville, and Walnuttown (also in Maidencreek Township.) Its numbered routes are U.S. Highway 222 and Route 662, which intersect in Moselem Springs, and Route 143. Other local roads of note include Crystal Cave Road, Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood-Lyons Road, Maiden Creek Road, Park Road, and Richmond Road.

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,500 people, 1,416 households, and 957 families residing in the township. The population density was 148.2 people per square mile (57.2/km²). There were 1,484 housing units at an average density of 62.8/sq mi (24.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.54% White, 0.14% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 1,416 households, out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 3,204
1990 3,439 7.3%
2000 3,500 1.8%
2010 3,397 −2.9%
Source: US Census Bureau

The median income for a household in the township was $42,564, and the median income for a family was $52,950. Males had a median income of $37,028 versus $24,730 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,235. About 5.3% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.