Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Upper Southampton Township
Southampton Baptist Church and Cemetery, built 1772
Motto(s): "A nice place to live!"
Location of Upper Southampton Township in Bucks County
Location of Upper Southampton Township in Bucks County
Upper Southampton Township is located in Pennsylvania
Upper Southampton Township
Upper Southampton Township
Location in Pennsylvania and the United States
Upper Southampton Township is located in the US
Upper Southampton Township
Upper Southampton Township
Upper Southampton Township (the US)
Coordinates: 40°10′33″N 75°02′21″W / 40.17583°N 75.03917°W / 40.17583; -75.03917Coordinates: 40°10′33″N 75°02′21″W / 40.17583°N 75.03917°W / 40.17583; -75.03917
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.63 sq mi (17.18 km2)
 • Land6.62 sq mi (17.14 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation249 ft (76 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total15,152
 • Estimate (2016)[2]15,041
 • Density2,272.05/sq mi (877.31/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)215
FIPS code42-017-79296

Upper Southampton Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 15,152 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²), all of it land.

Past and present place names include Chinquapin, Churchville, Cornell, Davisville, and Southampton.[3]

Natural features include Broad Axe Creek, Neshaminy Creek, and Pennypack Creek.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201615,041[2]−0.7%

As of the 2010 census, the township was 95.8% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 1.1% were two or more races. 1.6% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 15,764 people, 6,031 households, and 4,462 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,384.5 people per square mile (920.8/km²). There were 6,123 housing units at an average density of 926.2/sq mi (357.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.87% White, 0.77% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 6,031 households, out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $59,493, and the median income for a family was $66,889. Males had a median income of $46,368 versus $33,118 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,362. About 1.5% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.


The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 276) passes east-west through Upper Southampton Township, but the nearest interchanges are to the west in Willow Grove and to the east in Bensalem. Pennsylvania Route 132 runs northwest-southeast through the township along Street Road and Pennsylvania Route 232 runs north-south through the township along Second Street Pike. Other important roads include County Line Road, which runs northwest-southeast along the southwestern border with Montgomery County; Bristol Road, which runs northwest-southeast along the northeastern border of the township; Davisville Road, which runs southwest-northeast along the northwestern border of the township; and Bustleton Pike, which runs north-south through the eastern corner of the township.[7] SEPTA provides bus service to Upper Southampton Township along SEPTA City Bus Route 24, which begins in Southampton and heads south to Bethayres, Rockledge, and the Frankford Transportation Center in Northeast Philadelphia.[8] Norfolk Southern Railway's Morrisville Line freight railroad line passes east-west through Upper Southampton Township.[7][9]

Upper Southampton Township had two commuter rail stations along SEPTA's Fox Chase/Newtown Line until February 1983, the Southampton station along Second Street Pike and the County Line station along County Line Road. Service was "temporarily" suspended due to a lack of ridership along the line. The train station has since been restored and is now a private residence. In the ensuing years (particularly post-1995), there has been interest in resuming passenger service by Bucks County officials; however, neighboring Montgomery County officials are staunchly opposed to it. Though rail service was initially replaced with a Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus, patronage remained light. The replacement bus service was far slower and less convenient than the train service it replaced, resulting in the shuttle bus being very unpopular. The traveling public never saw a bus service as a suitable replacement for a rail service.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b MacReynolds, George, Place Names in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Doylestown, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA, 1942, P1.
  4. ^ http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls
  5. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/PA
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ a b Bucks County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Route 24 bus schedule" (PDF). SEPTA. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Norfolk Southern Harrisburg Region Timetable 1, August 4, 2008

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