Perry Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Perry Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,517 at the 2000 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.7 km²), of which, 18.3 square miles (47.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.76%) is water.

Adjacent townships

The borough of Shoemakersville is located on the west side of the township, but is politically independent.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,517 people, 973 households, and 746 families residing in the township. The population density was 137.7 people per square mile (53.2/km²). There were 1,017 housing units at an average density of 55.6/sq mi (21.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.29% White, 0.36% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 973 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,538, and the median income for a family was $52,794. Males had a median income of $36,886 versus $23,170 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,343. About 5.5% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

The school district in Perry Township is Hamburg Area School District. In Shoemakersville, PA there is Perry Elementary School.

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