Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania

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Lower Providence Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, about 17 miles west of Philadelphia. The population was 22,390 at the 2000 census.

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History

Upper Providence Township was established in 1805 by the division of the former Providence Township along the Perkiomen Creek.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.3 km²), of which, 15.4 square miles (39.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.29%) is water.

Lower Providence Township is home to a portion of Valley Forge National Historic Park and Evansburg State Park. Evansburg State Park provides for a multitude of recreational opportunities such as horseback riding, hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing and hunting. Mill Grove, the first home in America of painter John James Audubon for which the community of Audubon, Pennsylvania is named, is maintained as a museum and wildlife sanctuary by Montgomery County.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 22,390 people, 7,446 households, and 5,606 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,458.8 people per square mile (563.2/km²). There were 7,690 housing units at an average density of 501.0/sq mi (193.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 86.26% White, 7.25% African American, 0.11% Native American, 4.67% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.

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