Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Springfield Township
Township
Carson College for Orphan Girls at Flourtown
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
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
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Established 1681
Area
 • Total 6.8 sq mi (18 km2)
 • Land 6.8 sq mi (18 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 276 ft (84 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,418
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 19,685
 • Density 2,875.4/sq mi (1,110.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 215
FIPS code 42-091-73088
Website www.springfield-montco.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.[2]

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.
1930 5,541
1940 5,603 1.1%
1950 11,403 103.5%
1960 20,652 81.1%
1970 22,394 8.4%
1980 20,344 −9.2%
1990 19,612 −3.6%
2000 19,533 −0.4%
2010 19,418 −0.6%
Est. 2016 19,685 [1] 1.4%
[3]

As of the 2010 census, the township was 83.6% White, 11.1% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.8% Asian, and 1.7% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 19,533 people, 7,471 households, and 5,140 families residing 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% of the population.

There were 7,471 households, out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township the population was spread out, with 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% who were 65 years of age 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 income for a household in the township was $67,226, and the median income for a family 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
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

The township is part of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 154 (represented by Rep. Steve McCarter)

The township is covered by both the 13th and the 7th congressional district as of the 2010 census.

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Preceded by
Whitemarsh Township
Bordering communities
of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Cheltenham