Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania

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Lower Gwynedd Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,422 at the 2000 census. The township comprises four villages: Gwynedd, Gwynedd Valley, Penllyn, and Spring House.

Local residents use the English pronunciation /ˈɡwɛnɛd/, rather than the Welsh [ˈɡwɪnɛð].

Lower Gwynedd Township was founded in 1698.

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[edit] History

Gwynedd was founded in 1698 by Quakers. The township was then split into Lower Gwynedd and Upper Gwynedd with the help of William Penn in 1891. The name Gwynedd came from the Welsh meaning White Fields. When the 66 settlers from Wales came the land was covered in a blanket of snow hence Gwynedd.

[edit] Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.2 km²), of which, 9.3 square miles (24.2 km²) of it is land and 0.11% is water.

[edit] Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 1,847
1940 1,992 7.9%
1950 2,475 24.2%
1960 4,546 83.7%
1970 6,361 39.9%
1980 6,902 8.5%
1990 9,958 44.3%
2000 10,422 4.7%
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As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 10,422 people, 4,177 households, and 2,752 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,115.9 people per square mile (430.8/km²). There were 4,360 housing units at an average density of 466.8/sq mi (180.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 86.80% White, 7.78% African American, 0.08% Native American, 4.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 4,177 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 81.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $74,351, and the median income for a family was $97,991. Males had a median income of $71,027 versus $44,541 for females. The per capita income for the township was $41,868. About 1.2% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable resident: Craig C. Weiss

[edit] Government and Politics

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democrat
2008 44.8% 3,312 54.7% 4,037
2004 49.6% 3,557 50.0% 3,589
2000 52.4% 3,134 45.6% 2,726
1996 51.9% 2,725 40.6% 2,132
1992 51.2% 2,031 34.0% 1,348

[edit] References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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