West Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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West Pikeland Township
Lightfoot Mill, National Historic Landmark
Lightfoot Mill, National Historic Landmark
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°05′25″N 75°37′20″W / 40.09028°N 75.62222°W / 40.09028; -75.62222Coordinates: 40°05′25″N 75°37′20″W / 40.09028°N 75.62222°W / 40.09028; -75.62222
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
 • Total 9.96 sq mi (25.79 km2)
 • Land 9.87 sq mi (25.55 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation 374 ft (114 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,024
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 4,083
 • Density 413.80/sq mi (159.77/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 610
FIPS code 42-029-83832

West Pikeland Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,024 at the 2010 census.


The Chester Springs Historic District, Clinger-Moses Mill Complex, Fagley House, Ker-Feal, Lightfoot Mill, and Rice-Pennebecker Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.20%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 592
1940 623 5.2%
1950 683 9.6%
1960 782 14.5%
1970 1,420 81.6%
1980 1,536 8.2%
1990 2,323 51.2%
2000 3,551 52.9%
2010 4,024 13.3%
Est. 2016 4,083 [2] 1.5%

At the 2010 census, the township was 93.2% non-Hispanic White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.7% Asian, and 0.7% were two or more races. 2.3% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry[5].

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,551 people, 1,214 households, and 1,012 families residing in the township. The population density was 356.3 people per square mile (137.5/km²). There were 1,240 housing units at an average density of 124.4/sq mi (48.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.11% White, 1.24% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 1,214 households, out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.8% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out, with 30.7% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $105,322, and the median income for a family was $111,760. Males had a median income of $80,611 versus $41,765 for females. The per capita income for the township was $48,616. About 0.5% of families and 0.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.


While Chester County is becoming more liberal and Democratic as a whole, West Pikeland remains Republican. Even though Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to carry Chester County in a presidential election, West Pikeland remained Republican, with John McCain winning the township by about 54%-45%. This was significantly better than the 37% showing of John Kerry in 2004, however, and the township local government is currently chaired by a Democrat.[7] In 2012, Mitt Romney carried Chester County by a 0.2% margin over President Obama, and West Pikeland supported Romney by 60%-38% margin.[8]

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