Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Upper Moreland Township
Township
Upper Moreland High School
Location of Upper Moreland Township in Montgomery County
Location of Upper Moreland Township in Montgomery County
Upper Moreland Township is located in Pennsylvania
Upper Moreland Township
Upper Moreland Township
Upper Moreland Township is located in the US
Upper Moreland Township
Upper Moreland Township
Location of Upper Moreland Township in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°09′26″N 75°06′07″W / 40.15722°N 75.10194°W / 40.15722; -75.10194Coordinates: 40°09′26″N 75°06′07″W / 40.15722°N 75.10194°W / 40.15722; -75.10194
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Government
 • Type Council-manager
Area[1]
 • Total 7.98 sq mi (20.66 km2)
 • Land 7.97 sq mi (20.65 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation 177 ft (54 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 24,015
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 24,210
 • Density 3,036.88/sq mi (1,172.48/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 19006, 19040, 19090
Area code(s) 215 and 267
FIPS code 42-091-79176
Website www.uppermoreland.org

Upper Moreland Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 24,015 at the 2010 census. Upper Moreland Township is primarily a residential community with distinctive neighborhoods that are complemented by several thriving business, industrial, and commercial districts.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), all of it land. Upper Moreland is part of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and is approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Center City Philadelphia. The township is bordered by the Montgomery County communities of Hatboro, Horsham, Upper Dublin, Abington, Bryn Athyn, and Lower Moreland while Bucks County lies to the north.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 3,989
1940 5,103 27.9%
1950 8,936 75.1%
1960 21,032 135.4%
1970 24,866 18.2%
1980 25,874 4.1%
1990 25,313 −2.2%
2000 24,993 −1.3%
2010 24,015 −3.9%
Est. 2016 24,210 [3] 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the 2010 census, the township was 85.2% White, 5.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 1.3% were Some Other Race, and 1.9% were two or more races. 3.6% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 24,993 people, 10,120 households, and 6,638 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,139.6 people per square mile (1,212.3/km2). There were 10,403 housing units at an average density of 1,306.8/sq mi (504.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.72% White, 4.36% African American, 0.10% Native American, 3.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

There were 10,120 households, out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,454, and the median income for a family was $61,143. Males had a median income of $41,697 versus $31,963 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,382. About 3.0% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

William Penn presented the tract of land around present day Upper Moreland Township to Nicholas More in 1682. At the time, the area was referred to as the "Manor of Mooreland". Moreland Township was first used to describe the tract in the 18th century but the current boundaries were not fixed until 1916 when a line was drawn through the Pennypack Creek and two municipalities were created: Upper and Lower Moreland Townships. In 1930, Upper Moreland Township was formally organized as a First Class Township.

Government[edit]

Upper Moreland Township municipal building
Presidential elections results[7]
Year Republican Democratic
2016 40.7% 5,275 53.8% 6,973
2012 43.6% 5,341 55.0% 6,729
2008 41.3% 5,328 57.8% 7,448
2004 45.6% 5,810 53.9% 6,861
2000 46.0% 5,058 51.1% 5,627
1996 43.1% 4,317 45.1% 4,517
1992 41.7% 4,796 38.7% 4,451

Upper Moreland's governmental structure and powers are derived from the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upper Moreland’s seven member governing body, the Board of Commissioners, is composed of representatives elected from each of the Township's seven wards to serve a four-year term. The daily operations of the municipality are administered by the Township Manager, Assistant Township Manager, Chief of Police, and Directors of Emergency Services, Code Enforcement, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Finance. These positions, as well as the Township Solicitor and Township Engineer, are appointed by the Board of Commissioners.[8] The only other elected official is the Township Treasurer.

Township Commissioners:[9]

Ward 1 - Donald (Bud) B. Tucker, Jr.
Ward 2 - Kevin C. Spearing
Ward 3 - Donna D. Parsell
Ward 4 - Joseph A. Lavalle, Vice President
Ward 5 - Clifton (Kip) McFatridge
Ward 6 - R. Samuel Valenza, President
Ward 7 - Donald G. Warner

Township Treasurer: Joseph J. Olszak[10]

Economy[edit]

The township states that the proximity of the Pennsylvania Turnpike attracts firms to the township.[11]

China Airlines operates the Philadelphia Mini Office (Chinese: 費城營業所 Fèichéng Yíngyèsuǒ[12]) in Building 39G at 2300 Computer Avenue in the Willow Grove CDP and in Upper Moreland Township.[13][14][15]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

A SEPTA Regional Rail train on the Warminster Line stops at the Willow Grove Station in Upper Moreland Township

Major highways serving Upper Moreland Township include the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 276), with the Willow Grove Interchange located within the township, and Pennsylvania Route 611 (Easton Road), which links the area with Doylestown to the north and Philadelphia to the south and connects to the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Willow Grove Interchange. Other important roadways in the township are Pennsylvania Route 263 (York Road), Pennsylvania Route 63 (Moreland Road), County Line Road, Davisville Road, Byberry Road, Fitzwatertown Road, Terwood Road, and Blair Mill Road.[16]

Commuter rail and bus services within Upper Moreland Township are provided by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The Warminster Line of SEPTA Regional Rail stops at the Willow Grove station within the township, running between Warminster and Center City Philadelphia. Multiple SEPTA bus routes serve the township, providing access to business parks and shopping centers and connecting to Philadelphia and other suburbs.[17]

Norfolk Southern Railway's Morrisville Line freight railroad line passes through Upper Moreland Township, running parallel to the south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.[16][18]

Utilities[edit]

Electricity and natural gas in Upper Moreland Township is provided by PECO Energy Company, a subsidiary of Exelon.[19][20][21] Water in Upper Moreland Township is provided by Aqua Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Aqua America.[22] The Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority provides sewage service to Upper Moreland Township along with neighboring Hatboro.[23] The Upper Moreland Township Public Works Department provides trash collection and recycling to the township.[24][25] Cable, telephone, and internet service to the area is provided by Xfinity and Verizon. Upper Moreland Township is served by area codes 215 and 267.[26]

Education[edit]

Upper Moreland Township is served by the Upper Moreland School District. The district consists of Upper Moreland Primary School for grades K-2, Upper Moreland Intermediate School for grades 3-5, Upper Moreland Middle School for grades 6-8, and Upper Moreland High School for grades 9-12.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  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. ^ Census 2010: Pennsylvania. Usatoday.Com. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Montgomery County Election Results". Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ http://uppermoreland.org/information/about.aspx
  9. ^ http://uppermoreland.org/commissioners/
  10. ^ http://uppermoreland.org/departments/finance/report.aspx
  11. ^ "About Our Township." Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  12. ^ "北美洲地區." China Airlines. Retrieved on April 24, 2010
  13. ^ "Branch Offices North America." China Airlines. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  14. ^ "Willow Grove CDP." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  15. ^ "Maps-Township-Buildings.pdf." Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  16. ^ a b Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ SEPTA Official Transit & Street Map Suburban (PDF) (Map). SEPTA. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ Norfolk Southern Harrisburg Region Timetable 1, August 4, 2008
  19. ^ "PECO: Company Information". PECO Energy Company. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Electric Service Tarriff" (PDF). PECO Energy Company. July 17, 2017. p. 4. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Gas Service Tarriff" (PDF). PECO Energy Company. August 30, 2017. p. 2. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Rates and Rules Governing the Distribution of Water" (PDF). Aqua Pennsylvania. March 11, 2013. p. 3. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  23. ^ "About Us". Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Trash Regulations". Upper Moreland Township. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Recycling Regulations". Upper Moreland Township. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  26. ^ Area Code 215 and 267 Map (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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