Muhlenberg Township, Pennsylvania

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Muhlenberg Township (pronounced "MYOO-len-burg") is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 16,305 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.6 km²), of which, 12.0 square miles (31.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.48%) is water.

Adjacent townships

Muhlenberg Township surrounds the boroughs of Laureldale and has its southern border shared entirely with the City of Reading. Within the township are the unincorporated communities (or neighborhoods) of Bernharts, College Heights, Frush Valley, Hyde Park, Muhlenberg Park, Riverview Park, South Temple, Temple, and Tuckerton.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,305 people, 6,639 households, and 4,634 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,357.0 people per square mile (523.7/km²). There were 6,897 housing units at an average density of 574.0/sq mi (221.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.48% White, 1.21% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 1.66% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.91% of the population.

There were 6,639 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

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