Caln Township, Pennsylvania

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Caln Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 11,916 at the 2000 census. The township was founded by settlers from Calne, Wiltshire in England in 1714. The relationship with Calne, Wiltshire continues today as the two towns are sister cities. The Township is a Township of the First Class. The Governing Body is a Board of Commissioners. The Board President is William Chambers, Vice President Jim Kruse, Board Members Joshua Young, Vince Rose, Charles Kramer. The Township Manager is Gregory Prowant.

The Township owns Ingleside Golf Club and over 200 acres (0.81 km2) of open space and parks. There are 53 employees including 20 police officers. Caln Township contains a commercial center called Thorndale. Within Thorndale there is a SEPTA train station which provides train service to Philadelphia. U.S. Route 30 is a major arterial roadway through Caln Township. There is a public hospital called the Brandywine Hospital and a major Veterans Administration Hospital called the Coatesville VA Hospital. Caln Township is a part of the Coatesville School District. The western end of the township along US Business 30 is sometimes referred to as the village of Caln. Historically, there have also been places named Reeceville (northwestern corner), Ingleside (between Caln and Thorndale), Bondsville (north of Thorndale), and Galagherville (between Thorndale and Downingtown) although these names have fallen out of usage except for the roads named after them.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²), of which, 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²) of it is land and 0.11% is water.

Adjacent Townships

The city of Coatesville is on the west side of the township. The borough of Downingtown is on the east side of the township; both are politically independent.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,916 people, 4,363 households, and 3,067 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,360.6 people per square mile (525.2/km²). There were 4,535 housing units at an average density of 517.8/sq mi (199.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 78.78% White, 15.76% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population.

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