West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania

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West Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 20,495 at the 2000 census. In 2009, Money Magazine voted West Goshen as the 11th best small town in America.

West Goshen Township is the headquarters for QVC, though its address is in West Chester.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.2 km²), of which, 11.9 square miles (30.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.91%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,495 people, 7,554 households, and 5,484 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,719.6 people per square mile (663.9/km²). There were 7,703 housing units at an average density of 646.3/sq mi (249.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.51% White, 4.25% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.78% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.

There were 7,554 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71,055, and the median income for a family was $84,574 (these figures had risen to $85,807 and $102,356 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[2]). Males had a median income of $51,676 versus $36,783 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,487. About 1.5% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

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