Birmingham Township, Pennsylvania

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Birmingham Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,221 at the 2000 census.



Birmingham Township was the site of the American Revolutionary War, Battle of the Brandywine, September 11, 1777. Over 18,000 men were engaged. It was, until that time, the largest land battle on the North American Continent. Birmingham Friends Meeting, founded in 1684, is the location of a common grave of both American and British casualties. Much of the original battlefield around the meeting is preserved to this day. Birmingham is the oldest township in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The township was recently rated by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top five Best Places to Live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and as the "Place with the Biggest Paychecks".[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.23%) is water. It is mainly composed of farmland and rolling hill, but several small communities also exist. A small non-contiguous piece of land within the great bend of Brandywine Creek is included in the township.[2] It does not include any roads, but does include a railroad, and borders Christiana Hundred in New Castle County, Delaware on the south and Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County in all other directions.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,221 people, 1,391 households, and 1,265 families residing in the township. The population density was 659.3 people per square mile (254.6/km²). There were 1,413 housing units at an average density of 220.7/sq mi (85.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.39% White, 0.57% African American, 0.05% Native American, 4.07% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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