Kennett Township, Pennsylvania

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Kennett Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the location of the famed Longwood Gardens conservatory and was the birthplace of Louise Brewer Shepard, the wife of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. The population was 6,451 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.3 km²), of which, 15.6 square miles (40.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,451 people, 2,457 households, and 1,800 families residing in the township. The population density was 414.9 people per square mile (160.2/km²). There were 2,526 housing units at an average density of 162.5/sq mi (62.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.73% White, 2.06% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.76% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.19% of the population.

There were 2,457 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% 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 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $85,104, and the median income for a family was $104,097. Males had a median income of $72,305 versus $42,083 for females. The per capita income for the township was $46,669. About 2.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

The township is home to a large and rapidly growing Mexican community.


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