Newtown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Newtown Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 27,121 at the 2010 census.

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History

Newtown Township traces its roots back to William Penn, who purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) from the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1683. He named this land my "New Township", which gradually evolved to Newtown Township. Newtown served as the County Seat of Bucks County from 1726 until 1813, when the Court was moved to Doylestown. In 1838, the area comprising the commercial center, plus a number of homes, was incorporated into Newtown Borough. Today, the Township surrounds Newtown Borough and each has its own form of government.

Newtown Township is governed by a 5 member Board of Supervisors who oversee a full time township manager. Members are elected to serve 6 year terms. As of 2010 the Township Supervisors were Robert Ciervo, Matthew Benchener, Michael Gallagher, Gerald Schenkman and Phil Calabro.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 27,121 people, 6,761 households, and 5,063 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,522.6 people per square mile (587.7/km²). There were 6,848 housing units at an average density of 572.7/sq mi (221.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 86.6% White, 1.01% African American, 0.02% Native American, 10.9% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 6,761 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

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