Caernarvon Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Caernarvon Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,312 at the 2000 census. It is often referred to as Morgantown, the township's largest village.

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History

Caernarvon is a Welsh word, based on Caer Yr Arfon - "Fort (Caer) on the River (Arfon)." As with so many places between Philadelphia and Lancaster, the area was first settled by the Welsh. To them, the rolling hills and flowing streams reminded them of their beautiful homeland.

Caernarvon Township officially dates back to 1752, the same year Berks County was established. There is some confusion as to the origin of the two separate Caernarvon Townships, the other being in adjacent Lancaster County. Possibly the Townships existed as one before the county lines were drawn up, and were divided to accommodate county delineation. In that case, Township origins can be traced back to 1729, the year Lancaster County was established.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²) of it is land and 0.11% is water.

Adjacent townships

Adjacent boroughs

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,312 people, 888 households, and 658 families residing in the township. The population density was 260.3 people per square mile (100.5/km²). There were 925 housing units at an average density of 104.1/sq mi (40.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.79% White, 0.30% African American, 0.78% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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