Bethel Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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Bethel Township is a township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,421 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²), all of it land.

Bethel Township was originally part Boothwyn, Pennsylvania 19061, but is now its own part of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania 19060. This change is effective July 1, 2009. The town gets its name from its school district, Garnet Valley School District, in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. References to Garnet Valley are probably related to the former Behr Garnet Mine, located in Bethel Township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,421 people, 1,984 households, and 1,732 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,132.3 people per square mile (437.2/km²). There were 2,017 housing units at an average density of 355.7/sq mi (137.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.44% White, 2.18% African American, 0.03% Native American, 2.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population.

There were 1,984 households out of which 50.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.7% were non-families. 9.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.16 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the township the population was spread out with 31.5% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $84,661, and the median income for a family was $87,248. Males had a median income of $60,496 versus $36,272 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,349. About 1.0% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

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