Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania

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Upper Macungie Township
Township sign in Breinigsville
Township sign in Breinigsville
Location in Lehigh County
Location in Lehigh County
Upper Macungie Twp is located in Pennsylvania
Upper Macungie Twp
Upper Macungie Twp
Location in Pennsylvania
Upper Macungie Twp is located in the United States
Upper Macungie Twp
Upper Macungie Twp
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°34′46″N 75°37′00″W / 40.57944°N 75.61667°W / 40.57944; -75.61667Coordinates: 40°34′46″N 75°37′00″W / 40.57944°N 75.61667°W / 40.57944; -75.61667
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyLehigh
Area
 • Total26.26 sq mi (68.02 km2)
 • Land26.07 sq mi (67.53 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation
463 ft (141 m)
Population
 • Total20,063
 • Estimate 
(2020)[3]
25,797
 • Density916.08/sq mi (353.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
18031, 18051, 18087, 18104, 18106
Area code(s)610 & 484
FIPS code42-077-79104
Websitewww.uppermac.org

Upper Macungie Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state, and was created in 1832 when Macungie Township was divided into Upper and Lower Macungie townships.

The population of Upper Macungie Township was 20,063 as of the 2010 U.S. census,[2] thus making it one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Pennsylvania in terms of total population.

Upper Macungie has among the highest median family and household income rates in the state of Pennsylvania, with an average nearly double that of the state overall.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

A Pennsylvania Dutch-style barn near Newtown Road in Breinigsville
Upper Macungie Township Municipal Building, Breinigsville

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.0 km2), of which 26.1 square miles (67.6 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.65%, are water.[1] It is drained by tributaries of Little Lehigh Creek and Jordan Creek into the Lehigh River.

Upper Macungie's villages include Breinigsville, Fogelsville, Haafsville (also in Weisenberg Township,) Krocksville, Kuhnsville, Newtown, Ruppsville, and Trexlertown.

The township has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 6b. The monthly average temperature in Fogelsville ranges from 28.5 °F (−1.9 °C) in January to 73.3 °F (22.9 °C) in July. [2]

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
200013,895
201020,06344.4%
2020 (est.)25,797[3]28.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of 2014, the population of the township was estimated to be 21,461. The population was 77.6% Non-Hispanic White, 2.9% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American and Alaskan Native, 10.8% Asian, 3.2% from two or more race, and 1.8% from some other race. 5.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.[3]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 20,063 people and 7,843 households residing in the township. The population density was 529.5 people per square mile (204.5/km2). There were 7,843 housing units at an average density of 203.3/sq mi (78.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 84.96% White, 2.68% African American, 0.14% Native American, 8.96% Asian, 1.03% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.92% of the population.

There were 7,843 households, out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 20.2% 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 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 3.71% from 19 to 24, 36.08% from 25 to 49 and 31.1% age 50 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $85,600, and the median income for a family was $97,180. Upper Macungie has one of the highest median family incomes in the state of Pennsylvania with an amount nearly double the state average. Males had a median income of $57,971 versus $38,490 for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,506. About 0.8% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

Legislators[edit]

  • State Representative Gary Day, Republican, 187th district, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th wards
  • State Representative Ryan Mackenzie, Republican, 134th district, 4th ward
  • State Senator Pat Browne, Republican, 16th district
  • US Representative: Susan Wild, Democrat, 7th district

Board of Supervisors[edit]

  • James Brunell, Chairman
  • Sean Gill, Vice-chairman
  • Kathy Rader, Member

Police and fire[edit]

The Upper Macungie Township Police department, located in Breinigsville

As of December 31, 2012, Upper Macungie Township is served by the Upper Macungie Township Police Department. Prior to that, it was served by the now defunct Berks-Lehigh Regional Police.

Fire and emergency services are provided by:

  • Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Company, Lehigh County Station 8[6]
  • Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 of Trexlertown, Lehigh County Station 25[7]
  • Upper Macungie Township Emergency Services Bldg., Lehigh County Station 56[8]

Education[edit]

The township is served by Parkland School District. Students in grades 9-12 attend Parkland High School in the district. While Fogelsville, Fred J. Jaindl, and Veterans Memorial Elementary Schools are located in Upper Macungie, some of the township's students attend Cetronia, Kernsville, or Parkway Manor Elementary School. Most of its middle school students attend Springhouse Middle School, except in the far north which is served by Orefield Middle School.[9]

Transportation[edit]

Interstate 78 and U.S. Route 22 run through Fogelsville at exit 49, where they meet Pennsylvania Route 100; they are the primary east-to-west roads. U.S. Route 222 runs from the southwest to the northeast, while Pennsylvania Route 100, Interstate 476, and Pennsylvania Route 863 are the primary north-to-south roads. Another important east-to-west road is Schantz Road, which serves multiple industrial and commerce parks and nearly traverses the township. LANta bus routes 213, 218, and 322 serve the township.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Upper Macungie township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania". data.census.gov. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ www.fogelsvillefire.org
  7. ^ www.goodwillfirecompany.com
  8. ^ www.umtfire56.org
  9. ^ [1]

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