Washington Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Washington Township is a township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1789 from Salem Township. At that time it included the present-day municipalities of Allegheny, Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell, and most of Bell. In 2000, the population of Washington Twp was 7,384.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.6 square miles (84.4 km²), of which, 31.7 square miles (82.1 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (2.67%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,384 people, 2,809 households, and 2,151 families residing in the township. The population density was 232.9 people per square mile (89.9/km²). There were 2,961 housing units at an average density of 93.4/sq mi (36.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.00% White, 0.60% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 2,809 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,908, and the median income for a family was $48,508. Males had a median income of $39,265 versus $26,900 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,804. About 5.0% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

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