Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Bethel Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,166 at the 2000 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 42.2 square miles (109.4 km²), of which, 42.2 square miles (109.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water. It is drained by the Little Swatara Creek into the Swatara Creek and the Susquehanna River. Its natural northern boundary is Blue Mountain.

Bethel Township's main east-to-west route is Interstate 78/U.S. Route 22, which interchanges with the north-to-south Route 183, Route 419, Route 501, and Route 645. Its villages include Bethel, Crosskill Mills (also in Tulpehocken Township,) Frystown, Grimes, Meckville, and Schubert.

Adjacent townships

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,166 people, 1,466 households, and 1,150 families residing in the township. The population density was 98.7 people per square mile (38.1/km²). There were 1,551 housing units at an average density of 36.7/sq mi (14.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.36% White, 0.55% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 1,466 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.22.

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