Limerick Township, Pennsylvania

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Limerick Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was named for the hometown of early settler William Evans, whose family arrived in the area from Limerick, Ireland in 1698. The township is mentioned in Philadelphia court records in the 1710s, but was not formally established of record until March Sessions 1726. Royersford, Pennsylvania was created from its southeastern corner in 1879. Limerick Township is a member of the Spring-Ford Area School District. The township has grown from an 1986 population of only 3,300 to 13,534 (2000 census), making it the fifth fastest growing municipality in Pennsylvania. On July 27, 1994, a deadly tornado struck parts of Limerick Township, killing an infant and her parents. The most affected area was the Hamlet housing development.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.0 km²), of which, 22.6 square miles (58.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.92%) is water. The Limerick nuclear power plant is located within its borders, along with the Pottstown-Limerick Airport.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 13,534 people, 5,143 households, and 3,744 families residing in the township. The population density was 599.6 people per square mile (231.5/km²). There were 5,442 housing units at an average density of 241.1/sq mi (93.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.10% White, 2.11% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

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