Upper Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Upper Gwynedd Township
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Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°13′05″N75°17′28″W / 40.21806°N 75.29111°W / 40.21806; -75.29111 Coordinates: 40°13′05″N75°17′28″W / 40.21806°N 75.29111°W / 40.21806; -75.29111
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
County Montgomery
Founded1891
Area
[1]
  Total8.13 sq mi (21.1 km2)
  Land8.12 sq mi (21.0 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
335 ft (102 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total15,552
  Estimate 
(2016) [2]
15,975
  Density1,900/sq mi (740/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 215, 267 and 445
FIPS code 42-091-79056
Website www.uppergwynedd.org

Upper Gwynedd Township ( /ˈɡwɪnɛd/ ) [3] is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 15,552 at the 2010 census. North Wales Borough is surrounded by Upper Gwynedd Township on all sides, and many homes and businesses with North Wales addresses are actually in Upper Gwynedd. Many properties with Lansdale addresses are in Upper Gwynedd as well. It is part of the North Penn Valley region that is centered around the borough of Lansdale.

Contents

Station Square, one of the first new transit oriented developments in the Philadelphia Suburbs, is located in Upper Gwynedd on the border with Lansdale. It is across the street from Pennbrook Station with SEPTA rail service to Philadelphia.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.1 km2), all of it land. It is in the Schuylkill watershed and is drained by the Towamencin and Wissahickon Creeks. Its villages include Gwynedd Heights, Gwynedd Square, and West Point.

Neighboring municipalities

Upper Gwynedd Township surrounds the borough of North Wales.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1930 1,478
1940 1,183−20.0%
1950 2,16482.9%
1960 4,661115.4%
1970 6,85647.1%
1980 9,48738.4%
1990 12,19728.6%
2000 14,24316.8%
2010 15,5529.2%
2016 (est.)15,975 [2] 2.7%
[4]

As of the 2010 census, the township was 81.1% White, 4.2% Black or African American, 12.3% Asian, and 1.5% were two or more races. 2.2% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. [5]

As of the census [6] of 2000, there were 14,243 people, 5,341 households, and 4,005 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,750.4 people per square mile (675.6/km2). There were 5,496 housing units at an average density of 675.4/sq mi (260.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 86.77% White, 3.97% African American, 0.08% Native American, 7.84% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

There were 5,341 households, out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71,078, and the median income for a family was $81,371. Males had a median income of $52,430 versus $37,729 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,806. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2012 47.4% 4,16551.4%4,522
2008 45.4% 3,99153.6%4,709
2004 50.5%4,11648.9% 3,982
2000 52.3%3,56845.1% 3,076
1996 46.6%2,81142.6% 2,569
1992 43.7%1,92136.4% 1,599

Commissioners

Upper Gwynedd Township elects five at-large commissioners to four-year terms.

Legislators

History

The Friends' meeting house at Gwynedd, built 1823. JENKINS(1884) p104 FRIENDS' MEETING HOUSE AT GWYNEDD, BUILT 1823.jpg
The Friends' meeting house at Gwynedd, built 1823.

Gwynedd was founded in 1698 by Welsh Quakers. The township was then split into Lower Gwynedd and Upper Gwynedd in 1891. The name Gwynedd means "Fair Land" in Welsh.

The township is so named because it was originally settled largely by migrants from Gwynedd and other parts of North Wales in the 17th and 18th centuries. For several generations the main language used in the township was Welsh.

The Keefe-Mumbower Mill, Knipe-Johnson Farm, Knipe-Moore-Rupp Farm, and Isaac Kulp Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [7]

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References

  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" . Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. Not * [ˈɡʊɨnɛð] like its Welsh namesake.
  4. http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls
  5. https://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/PA
  6. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau . Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. July 9, 2010.