Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Buckingham Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 16,442 at the 2000 census. Buckingham takes its name from Buckingham in Buckinghamshire known as Bucks County in England. Buckingham Township was once known as Greenville and was once the historic county seat of the English Bucks County.

In Buckingham and the Buckingham area, there are many important yet little known historical landmarks. One is Bogarts Tavern (now the General Greene Inn), on the corner of Route 413 (Durham Road) and Route 263 (Old York Road). It was from this building that General Nathanael Greene, commander of George Washington's left wing during the Battle of Trenton, made his headquarters during the winter of 1776.[1]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 33.1 square miles (85.8 km²), of which, 33.1 square miles (85.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

Buckingham Township is home to a gravity hill, on Buckingham Mountain near Mount Gilead African Methodist Episcopal Church.[2][dead link]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,442 people, 5,711 households, and 4,694 families residing in the township. The population density was 497.0 people per square mile (191.9/km²). There were 5,861 housing units at an average density of 177.2/sq mi (68.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.75% White, 1.04% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population. Shane P. Simon, author of "The Prophecy" lives in Buckingham Township.

There were 5,711 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.8% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.18.

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