Thorndale, Pennsylvania

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Thorndale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,561 at the 2000 census. Thorndale is the commercial and administrative center of Caln Township. The community's main street is Business U.S. Route 30. Many of the old houses that were Thorndale have fallen into disrepair and have been torn down and replaced with new business from the late 1990s to present. Thorndale is historically notable for containing a summer house of US President James Buchanan, which still stands and has been incorporated into a golf course and turned into a restaurant. It contains the Thorndale Fire Station and Caln Elementary School, part of the Coatesville Area School District. Thorndale sits along the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line and is currently the last station on that line. It is also serviced by the Rover bus system.

Geography

Thorndale is located at 39°59′47″N 75°45′6″W / 39.99639°N 75.75167°W / 39.99639; -75.75167 (39.996456, -75.751606).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.55% is water. It is part of Caln Township, Pennsylvania, with students attending school in either the Coatesville Area School District or the Downingtown Area School District.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,561 people, 1,347 households, and 952 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,953.2 people per square mile (755.4/km²). There were 1,418 housing units at an average density of 777.8/sq mi (300.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.65% White, 10.98% African American, 0.22% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.13% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.

There were 1,347 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.

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