West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
West Goshen Township
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
|• Total||12.00 sq mi (31.08 km2)|
|• Land||11.85 sq mi (30.70 km2)|
|• Water||0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)|
|Elevation||469 ft (143 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,943.39/sq mi (750.36/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
West Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 21,866 at the 2010 census. In 2013, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 10th best place to live in America. West Goshen has also been ranked in the top 15 places to live in America from 2014 to 2017 and is also at the top of best neighborhoods to raise a family in Pennsylvania every year.
The headquarters for QVC is in West Goshen Township, though its address is in West Chester. West Goshen Township is also where the headquarters for A. Duie Pyle Trucking, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Lasko Industries are located. There are more than 465 businesses which call West Goshen Township home.
The lands of Goshen were purchased in 1681 from William Penn as part of the Welsh tract of Westtown. By 1704, Goshen and Westtown had become separate townships. In 1788, the formation of the Borough of West Chester reduced the size of Goshen. Finally, in 1817, the Township divided into East and West Goshen Townships. At the time of the 1820 census, West Goshen's population numbered 757.
West Goshen was primarily a farming community in its early history. Before long, many different businesses began to appear, including several women-owned enterprises. Trades such as cabinet-making, tailoring, weaving, clock-making, and wool-making characterized the area. The completion of railroads in the 1830s and 1850s facilitated the delivery of goods and services to the Township, and marked the migration of many Philadelphians seeking country residences.
By 1930, West Goshen's population had risen to 1,958. The farming community had grown into a suburban neighborhood. In 1950, the population was 3,500. The Township experienced its most explosive growth during the 1960s and 1970s, and today can boast over 20,000 residents and a balanced mix of residential, business, office, retail, and industrial uses.*
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.2 km²), of which, 11.9 square miles (30.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.91%) is water.
As of the 2010 census, the township was 88.8% White, 3.7% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.7% Asian, and 1.4% were two or more races. 3.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,495 people, 7,554 households, and 5,484 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,719.6 people per square mile (663.9/km²). There were 7,703 housing units at an average density of 646.3/sq mi (249.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.51% White, 4.25% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.78% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.
There were 7,554 households, out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the township the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $71,055, and the median income for a family was $84,574 (these figures had risen to $85,807 and $102,356 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $51,676 versus $36,783 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,487. About 1.5% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and Recreation
The Township has four main parks:
Barker Park is located on Falcon Lane near Westtown Road. It is equipped with a pavilion with 10-12 tables, two charcoal grills, and four electrical outlets on the posts of the pavilion. There is a backstop for Tee-ball or wiffle ball as well as playground equipment.
Coopersmith Park is located off Spring Lane. It is equipped with a pavilion with 12 picnic tables, five charcoal grills, and two electrical outlets. There is a backstop for Tee ball or wiffle ball, a grass volleyball court (bring your own net and ball), an exercise trail, playground equipment and a horseshoe pit (bring your own horseshoes).
Lambert Park is located on Pottstown Pike near the intersection with Greenhill Road. It contains playground equipment, two tennis courts, a skateboard park, and a 2/3 acres dog park "Roonie's Canine Corner." The park is adjacent to athletic fields owned by the West Chester Area School districts, but which are contractually managed through West Goshen Township. Lambert Park is home to West Goshen's Summer teen program for children 13 through 15 years old.
West Goshen Community Park is located at the intersection of Fern Hill and North Five Points Roads near Ice Line. It is equipped with an amphitheater and adjacent picnic pavilion with eight picnic tables, five outlets, and four charcoal grills. The Community Park is equipped with two basketball courts, one softball field, one Little League baseball field, adult hardball field, four tennis courts, and two sand volleyball courts. There is a playground, a concession stand, and a paved walking path of .8 mile circles the park.
QVC has its headquarters in West Goshen Township, in QVC Studio Park, 1200 Wilson Drive. West Goshen Township is home to 5 New Car Dealerships, Jakes Bar, Brandywine Airport, Ice Line Skating Rinks, Animas, a Division of Johnson & Johnson, ACAC Health Club, and many of the West Chester University buildings.
SEPTA provides frequent bus service through West Goshen Township to the 69th Street Transportation Center, West Chester Transportation Center (via route 104), and to King of Prussia, and Exton Square Mall (via route 92).
West Goshen is located in the West Chester Area School District. West Goshen schools are among the best of the state year in and year out, oftentimes in the top 10 in every category.[which?] East High School, Fugett and Pierce Middle Schools, Fern Hill and Glen Acres Elementary Schools and playing fields of Henderson High School are located in West Goshen Township.
Elementary schools serving sections of West Goshen township include East Bradford, East Goshen, Exton, Fern Hill, Glen Acres, Hillsdale Mary C. Howse, Sarah Starkweather, and Westtown-Thornbury.
All of the secondary schools operated by the district serve sections of West Goshen township; sections are zoned to J.R. Fugett Middle School and West Chester East High School, E.N. Peirce Middle School and Henderson High School, and G.A. Stetson Middle School and Rustin High School.
- "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Updated by Ken Lehr, Park and Recreation Director, West Goshen Township, January 14, 2015.
- "COUNTY AIRPORTS FLYING HIGH \ TRAFFIC IS UP AT THE THREE AIRFIELDS. THEY HAVE GROWN TO HANDLE A LOT OF OVERFLOW FROM PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL." The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 14, 1999. B01 Neighbors Chester and Brandywine. Retrieved on August 11, 2010. "west of Coatesville the largest Brandywine Airport in West Goshen which is owned by a..."
- "West Chester Area Council of Governments Map." On the website of West Goshen Township. Retrieved on September 26, 2018.
- "School Boundary Adjustment Draft SK8C - Current Boundaries with Zones of Change" (Elementary). West Chester Area School District. Retrieved on September 26, 2018.
- "School Boundary Adjustment Draft SK8C - Current Boundaries with Zones of Change" (Secondary). West Chester Area School District. Retrieved on September 26, 2018.
- "North Campus Map." West Chester University. Retrieved on October 9, 2018. See: "West Chester Area Council of Governments Map."
- "South Campus Map." West Chester University. Retrieved on October 9, 2018. See: "West Chester Area Council of Governments Map."