Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Springfield Township
Carson College for Orphan Girls at Flourtown
Location of Springfield Township in Montgomery County, PA
Location of Springfield Township in Montgomery County, PA
Coordinates: 40°05′30″N 75°11′59″W / 40.09167°N 75.19972°W / 40.09167; -75.19972Coordinates: 40°05′30″N 75°11′59″W / 40.09167°N 75.19972°W / 40.09167; -75.19972
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyMontgomery
Established1681
Area
 • Total6.79 sq mi (17.6 km2)
 • Land6.78 sq mi (17.6 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
276 ft (84 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total19,418
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
19,685
 • Density2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)215, 267, and 445
FIPS code42-091-73088
Websitewww.springfieldmontco.org

Springfield Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 19,418 at the 2010 census. It includes the villages of Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown, and Oreland. The communities of Lafayette Hill, Fort Washington, Laverock, North Hills, Miquon, and Glenside are also partly inside the Township.

History[edit]

Detail of Thomas Holme's 1687 map of Pennsylvania, showing "Gulielma Maria Penns Manor of Springfield."

The Black Horse Inn, Carson College for Orphan Girls, Springfield Mill, and Yeakle and Miller Houses 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 6.8 square miles (17.6 km2), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.6 km2) of it is land and 0.15% is water.

The township is bordered in Montgomery County by (clockwise from west) Whitemarsh Township to the west, Upper Dublin Township to the north, shares a corner with Abington Township to the northeast, and Cheltenham Township to the east. In Philadelphia, it is adjacent to Cedarbrook to the southeast (along Ivy Hill Rd.), shares a corner with East Mount Airy to the south (Stenton and Ivy Hill), and Chestnut Hill to the southwest (along Stenton Ave.)

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19305,541
19405,6031.1%
195011,403103.5%
196020,65281.1%
197022,3948.4%
198020,344−9.2%
199019,612−3.6%
200019,533−0.4%
201019,418−0.6%
2016 (est.)19,685[2]1.4%
[4]

The population of Springfield Township is 19,848 as of 2019. [5]

At the 2000 census there were 19,533 people, 7,471 households, and 5,140 families in the township. The population density was 2,875.4 people per square mile (1,110.7/km2). There were 7,631 housing units at an average density of 1,123.3/sq mi (433.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 88.54% White, 8.31% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.92% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04%.[6]

There were 7,471 households, 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 26.9% of households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 21.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median household income was $67,226 and the median family income was $79,749. Males had a median income of $53,651 versus $41,376 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,628. About 1.3% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Politics and government[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2016 27.4% 3,386 68.2% 8,430
2012 35.3% 4,194 63.8% 7,588
2008 33.8% 4,141 65.4% 8,009
2004 38.4% 4,614 61.3% 7,364
2000 40.5% 4,358 56.7% 6,109
1996 39.8% 4,128 51.8% 5,369
1992 39.5% 4,454 46.1% 5,197

Springfield Township is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners that are elected for four year terms.

The township is part of state House District 154 (represented by Rep. Steve McCarter) and state Senate District 4 (represented by Art Haywood).

The township is covered by the 4th congressional district (represented by Rep. Madeleine Dean).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 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. ^ http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls
  5. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, "QuickFacts: Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA" Accessed August 6, 2020
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Whitemarsh Township
Bordering communities
of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Cheltenham