Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
|Upper Salford Township|
|Elevation||236 ft (71.9 m)|
|Area||9.1 sq mi (23.6 km2)|
|- land||9.0 sq mi (23 km2)|
|- water||0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 1.1%|
|Density||362.5 / sq mi (140 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code||215, 610|
The Bergey Bridge Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The town of Salford was formerly known as Rudy, and had a train station on the Perkiomen Branch of the Reading Railroad, which ran up until the early 1970s. There was also a hotel/bar, general store, post office (still operating) and several small mills in town (one was a feed mill). In the early-1900s the area was a popular summer getaway for Philadelphians who took the train out of the city and rented small cottages by the Perkiomen Creek. Nowadays, the biggest draw is the Philadelphia Folk Festival in August, and the Perkiomen Trail which is popular with bikers, runners and walkers year-round, and stretches the length of the township along the old railroad right-of-way.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 9.1 square miles (24 km2), of which 9.0 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.88%, is water. It is drained by Perkiomen Creek into the Schuylkill River. Its villages include Bergey, Hendricks, Salford, Salfordville, Shirks Corner, Spring Mount, and Woxall.
- Marlborough Township (north)
- Salford Township (northeast)
- Franconia Township (east)
- Lower Salford Township (southeast)
- Skippack Township (tangent to the south)
- Perkiomen Township (southwest)
- Schwenksville (southwest)
- Lower Frederick Township (west)
- Upper Frederick Township (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,024 people, 1,053 households, and 843 families residing in the township. The population density was 335.8 people per square mile (129.6/km²). There were 1,074 housing units at an average density of 119.2/sq mi (46.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.06% White, 0.50% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.
There were 1,053 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.3% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the township the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $68,750, and the median income for a family was $76,975. Males had a median income of $50,957 versus $32,121 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,672. About 0.4% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Upper Salford Township is also home to one of the oldest Underwater Recovery Units in America - Telford Vol. Diving & Rescue Unit. Started in 1947 with the Telford Fire Company in response to a drowning victim in a low head dam, it was recognized by those members that there was no emergency service to assist those families that have suffered a loss to a drowning. With numerous water filled quarries of various depth, the Telford Fire Company created a new extension to their Fire Company - A Dive Unit. For many years the Unit was part of the Fire Company up until the 1970s where upon they separated and became their own 501c3 entity. Having traveled to numerous places - Finger Lakes region, Buffalo, NY, NJ, MD, OH and as far as Winnipeg Canada and all parts of Pennsylvania, the Unit will spend as much time as possible searching for ones loved one. Their equipment consists of multiple types of surfaced supplied diving equipment - ranging from the Mk V (as in the movie Men of Honor), Mk 12 (the replacement for the Mk V), Superlite 27 (the replacement for the Mk 12), Kirby Morgan Band mask, Divator AGA. The unit also has SCUBA capabilities as well as scanning sonar and side scan sonar.
Government and politics
|2008||57.0% 1,006||42.1% 743|
|2004||62.6% 1,062||36.7% 622|
|2000||62.7% 892||33.6% 478|
|1996||56.2% 704||31.2% 390|
|1992||47.2% 578||27.2% 333|
- T.F. Poatsy, Jr.
- K.C. O'Donnell
- R.E. Sacks
- US Representative Allyson Schwartz, 13th district, Democrat
- State Senator Bob Mensch, 24th district, Republican
- State Representative Marcy Toepel, 147th district, Republican
- Upper Salford Township official website
- Upper Salford Township fact sheet
- Telford Volunteer Diving & Rescue Unit website