Haverford Township, Pennsylvania

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Haverford Township (named after the town of Haverfordwest in Wales, UK) is a home rule township[1] in Delaware County, near Philadelphia, in southeastern Pennsylvania, United States, although it maintains its legal name as the Township of Haverford, presumably for historic reasons. Despite being under a home rule charter since 1977, it continues to operate under a Board of Commissioners divided into wards,[1] as do "First Class" townships that are still under the Pennsylvania Township Code.

Haverford Township contains portions of the communities of Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Drexel Hill, and Wynnewood. The unincorporated "town" of Havertown lies wholly within Haverford Township. The population was originally reported as 48,498 at the 2000 census. The corrected count as reported by the Count Question Resolution program was 49,608.



Haverford Township was founded by Welsh Quakers in 1681 from land purchased by William Penn. The first three families arrived in Haverford Township in 1682. Nitre Hall Powder Mills was in operation before 1810 and provided gunpowder for the War of 1812. Swell Bubble Gum, the township's last major industry, was closed in 2004. The township is currently in the final stages of its preliminary construction of the Haverford State Hospital land.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.0 square miles (25.9 kmĀ²), all of it land. The township is part of the Pennsylvania Main Line and of the Welsh Tract.

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