Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
|Elevation||312 ft (95.1 m)|
|Area||10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)|
|- land||10.2 sq mi (26 km2)|
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|Density||3,061.0 / sq mi (1,181.9 / km2)|
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|Area code||215, 267|
Warminster Township (aka Warminster) is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States and was formally established in 1711. It is 3.7 miles northwest of Philadelphia and had a population of 32,682 according to the 2010 U.S. census.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Major corporations
- 6 Emergency services
- 7 Education
- 8 Parks and recreation centers
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Crime
- 11 Notable people
- 12 Police misconduct
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The town was called Warminster Township as early as 1685, before its borders were formally established in 1711. It was originally part of Southampton Township, which was founded in 1682 by William Penn. Warminster was named after a small town in the county of Wiltshire, at the western extremity of Salisbury Plain, England. Warminster, Pennsylvania was mostly settled by English and Scotch-Irish after William Penn received a grant of land in the area from King Charles, II.
Warminster began as a small farming community and remained that way throughout most of its history. As recently as 1955, the township had no residential subdivisions and only one housing complex, Lacey Park on Street Road, the site where the Battle of Crooked Billet occurred during the Revolutionary War that resulted in a resounding defeat for George Washington's troops.
Warminster's Craven Hall is included in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Warminster's most significant historical figure was William Tennent, an outspoken religious leader and educator.
Warminster's Naval Air Warfare Center, previously called the Johnsville Naval Air Development Center and then the Naval Air Development Center, operated from World War II until it closed in 1996. Its site was acquired by the U.S. Navy from the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in 1943. The Center initially served as a weapons development and airplane testing facility. It then became a training center for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. The facility developed a prototype "black box," best known as the indestructible recorder of cockpit conversations and information in the event of a crash.
Warminster Township is 3.7 miles northwest of Philadelphia at their closest points and has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), all of it land. Warminster is drained by the Delaware River tributaries of the Neshaminy Creek and the Pennypack Creek. Its villages include Breadysville (also in Warwick Township,) Casey Highlands, Hartsville (also in Warwick Township,) Johnsville, Rosewood Park, Warminster, and Warminster Heights.
- Warrington Township (northwest)
- Warwick Township (north)
- Ivyland (northeast)
- Northampton Township (northeast)
- Upper Southampton Township (southeast)
- Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County (south)
- Hatboro, Montgomery County (southwest)
- Horsham Township, Montgomery County (southwest)
Warminster Township's residents were 86.0% non-Hispanic white, 7.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.1% black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 1.8% were two or more races.
The population density was 3,061.0 people per square mile (1,182.2/km²). There were 11,644 housing units at an average density of 1,135.7/sq mi (438.6/km²).
There were 11,350 households, out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.16.
Of all township residents, 24.5% were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median household income was $54,375, while the median family income was $60,907. Males had a median income of $41,033 versus $30,302 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,285. About 4.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
Warminster Township is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, currently:
- Mark E. McKee (R) Chairman
- Jason T. Croley (R), Vice-Chairman
- Daniel J. McPhillips (R), Secretary
- Brian R. Munroe (D), Treasurer
- Katherine L. Frescatore (D) Asst Treasurer
- CRC Industries, founded in 1958
- Hurst Performance, based in Warminster from the 1950s to 1970s
- NAWC, Aircraft Division, Warminster
- Burpee Seeds
- V. La Rosa and Sons Macaroni Company
- Havis, Inc.
- Warminster Fire Department (Stations 90, 91, and 92),  one of the busiest in Bucks County with approximately 700 calls each year
- Warminster Police Department (74PD)
- Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps (Squad 122), the Emergency Medical Services provider for Warminster, responded to 2938 calls in 2005
- Hartsville Fire Company (Station 93)  - which also covers part of Warwick Township
Kindergarten through grade 12
- McDonald Elementary School
- Willow Dale Elementary School
- Log College Middle School
- Klinger Middle School
- William Tennent High School
- Nativity of Our Lord Elementary School
- Archbishop Wood Catholic High School
- ATG Learning Academy
- Delaware Valley Private School (Warminster Heights)
- Middle Earth Academy
- Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory
Parks and recreation centers
Warminster Township's Recreation Services Division provides many events and community services, including overseeing and maintaining 420 acres of recreation areas within 13 parks. Warminster Community Park is the largest at 240 acres, with over five miles of trails. Small neighborhood parks make up the bulk of the others. Sports teams, including soccer, football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, and softball, are provided by various adult and youth sports organizations throughout their respective seasons. The township is also home to the best-reviewed public golf course in Bucks County.
Numbered routes in Warminster Township include Pennsylvania Route 132 (Street Road), which runs northwest-southeast through the township between Warrington and Southampton; Pennsylvania Route 263 (York Road), which runs north-south through the township between Hatboro and Jamison; and Pennsylvania Route 332 (Jacksonville Road), which runs southwest-northeast through the township between Hatboro and Ivyland. 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 southeastern border of the township; and Mearns Road, which begins at Street Road in the center of the township and heads northeast.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides train and bus service in Warminster Township. The Warminster Station serves as the terminus of the Warminster Line commuter rail service into Center City Philadelphia. The Route 22 bus begins in Warminster and heads south to Olney Transportation Center in North Philadelphia via Willow Grove. Rushbus offers peak-hour shuttles between Warminster's train station and certain businesses in Warminster and surrounding areas. Two cab companies also operate within the township.
Warminster has a total crime rate lower than 53% of all U.S. cities, and a violent crime rate 4.13 times lower than the national average.
- Kermit Cintron, boxer
- John Fitch, inventor
- Paul Hipp, actor and musician
- Robert Ramsey, congressman
- William Tennent, clergyman and educator
- Mike Vogel, actor
- David Wharton, 1988 Olympic swimmer
- Milton Santiago, boxer
Warminster has a history of police corruption and brutality, particularly among its chiefs, three of whom have been fired for and/or convicted of wrongdoing:
- Chief Elmer Clawges was convicted on December 10, 1997 of assaulting his wife. Clawges had also been accused by 12 women of sexual wrongdoing while on duty, including having sex with girls as young as 13 and sexually harassing women.
- Chief James M. Gorczynski pleaded guilty on April 5, 2005 to stealing over $130,000 belonging to the township.
- Chief Rowan P. Kelly, Jr. was fired for allegedly drinking on duty, assaulting citizens, and sexually harassing women.
- Officer John Powell was convicted on April 6, 2005 of attempted sex crimes against a minor. Powell was sentenced to up to eight years in prison.
- Officer Michael Schmalz was fired and arrested in 2013 for allegedly assaulting a prisoner and tampering with records. The assault incident was caught on video. Schmalz was acquitted of the criminal charges.
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