West Pikeland Township, Pennsylvania

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West Pikeland Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,551 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.0 square miles (25.9 km²), of which, 10.0 square miles (25.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,551 people, 1,214 households, and 1,012 families residing in the township. The population density was 356.3 people per square mile (137.5/km²). There were 1,240 housing units at an average density of 124.4/sq mi (48.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.11% White, 1.24% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 1,214 households out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.8% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $105,322, and the median income for a family was $111,760. Males had a median income of $80,611 versus $41,765 for females. The per capita income for the township was $48,616. About 0.5% of families and 0.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

While Chester County is becoming more liberal and Democratic as a whole, West Pikeland remains Republican. Even though Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to carry Chester County in a presidential election, West Pikeland remained Republican, with John McCain winning the township by about 54%-45%. This was significantly better than the 37% showing of John Kerry in 2004, however, and the township local government is currently chaired by a Democrat.[2]

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