Bridgeton Township, Pennsylvania

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Bridgeton Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,408 at the 2000 census. The township was originally a part of adjacent Nockamixon Township, but a division was arranged and signed on 1890. This accord split an area of Nockamixon which ran west from the banks of the Delaware River to about one third the breadth of the original township. This smaller area was unsurprisingly named "Bridgeton", as it was the site of wooden truss bridge which connected the towns of Upper Black Eddy and Milford, New Jersey. The township originally contained several tiny hamlets, such as the aforementioned Upper Black Eddy, Narrowsville, and Ruppsville. Upper Black's Eddy, as it was originally called, and Raubsville were named for notable landholders, while Narrowsville was named for a particularly thin portion of the Delaware river. With the construction of a centralized post office in Upper Black Eddy, the usage of separate names for the smaller towns ceased in an official capacity, and the everyday errands of residents became centered around the largest of the towns. What little commercial trade exists in the township is now centered solely in Upper Black Eddy, with any evidence of there being any distinctive, smaller villages existing only on outdated road-signs and maps. Ringing Rocks Park is located within the township, as well as state game hunting lands. Bridgeton Township is also home to the Homestead General Store, the oldest continually operating general store on the Delaware Canal. It is also home to Homestead Coffee Roasters, an artisan coffee roaster specializing in organic and fair trade coffee.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.4 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (3.43%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,408 people, 559 households, and 398 families residing in the township. The population density was 217.5 people per square mile (84.0/km²). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 94.6/sq mi (36.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.15% White, 0.43% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.28% Asian, and 0.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 559 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

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