Washington Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

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Washington Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley area of the state.

The population of Washington Township was 6,588 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.8 square miles (61.6 km²), of which, 23.7 square miles (61.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.46%) is water. It is drained by the Lehigh River, which separates it from Northampton County, and Blue Mountain separates it from Carbon County.

Its villages include Emerald, Friedens, Lehigh Furnace, Lehigh Gap (also in Northampton County,) Neffs (also in North Whitehall Township,) Newhard, Newside, and Slatedale. Washington Township's numbered route is 873, which crosses north-to-south from 248 in Lehigh Gap to 329 in Neffs and 309 in Schnecksville. An important east-to-west thoroughfare is Mountain Road, which proceeds west from 873 in Lehigh Gap to 309 north of New Tripoli.

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As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,588 people, 2,512 households, and 1,929 families residing in the township. The population density was 278.4 people per square mile (107.5/km²). There were 2,594 housing units at an average density of 109.6/sq mi (42.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.71% White, 0.21% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

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