Longswamp Township, Pennsylvania

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Longswamp Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,608 at the 2000 census.

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Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,608 people, 2,029 households, and 1,529 families residing in the township. The population density was 246.1 people per square mile (95.0/km²). There were 2,097 housing units at an average density of 92.0/sq mi (35.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.95% White, 0.32% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 2,029 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,965, and the median income for a family was $55,238. Males had a median income of $35,434 versus $25,324 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,592. About 2.9% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.1 km²), of which, 22.8 square miles (59.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water. The Little Lehigh Creek starts in Longswamp and drains most of it eastward into the Lehigh River. The Schuylkill River also drains portions of the township via the Sacony Creek (which also starts in Longswamp) to the west and the Perkiomen Creek to the south. The southern half of Longswamp is located in the South Mountains.

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