West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

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West Penn Township, Pennsylvania
West Penn Township War Memorial.
West Penn Township War Memorial.
Map of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Highlighting West Penn Township
Map of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Highlighting West Penn Township
Map of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Map of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountySchuylkill
Settled1756
Incorporated1811
Area
 • Total58.00 sq mi (150.22 km2)
 • Land57.78 sq mi (149.64 km2)
 • Water0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,442
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
4,347
 • Density75.24/sq mi (29.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
17960, 18211, 18252, 18235
Area code(s)570 and 610/484

570 Exchange: 386

610 Exchange: 377
FIPS code42-107-83792

West Penn Township is a township in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,442 in the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 58.2 square miles (150.7 km2), of which, 58.0 square miles (150.2 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2) of it (0.38%) is water. It extends from Blue Mountain in the south to the border of Tamaqua in the north and from the Carbon County border in the east to the Little Schuylkill River in the west, which drains a part of its area. A sizable portion of West Penn is drained into the Lehigh River via the Mahoning and Lizard Creeks, which both originate in the township. West Penn is the largest township in Schuylkill County.

The numbered state routes of West Penn are 309, 443, and 895. West Penn's closest access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension is the Mahoning Valley Interchange east of Lehighton with U.S. Route 209. Its villages include Andreas (also in Carbon County), Clamtown, Dorset, Kepner (also in East Brunswick,) Leibeyville, Longacre, Mahoning Valley (also in Mahoning Township), Mantzville, Millers, Snyders, and South Tamaqua.

The geographic center of West Penn is located approximately 24 road miles (38 km) north of Allentown, 8 road miles (9.7 km) south of Tamaqua, 15 road miles (24.1 km) east of Orwigsburg, and 7 road miles (16.1 km) west of Lehighton.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

West Penn has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and the hardiness zone is 6a. Average monthly temperatures in Leibeyville range from 27.0 °F in January to 71.6 °F in July. [1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
20104,442
2016 (est.)4,347[2]−2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 4,442 people, 1,485 households, and 1,136 families residing in the township. The population density was 66.4 people per square mile (25.7/km2). There were 1,607 housing units at an average density of 27.7/sq mi (10.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.78% White, 0.21% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 1,485 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $39,276, and the median income for a family was $47,341. Males had a median income of $31,673 versus $21,649 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,577. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Board of Supervisors: Anthony Prudenti, Timothy Houser, Theodore Bogosh

Treasurer: Karen Wittig

Solicitor: Paul Datte, Esq.

Engineer/Zoning Officer: William P. Anders

Police Chief: Brian Johnson

Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator: Dennis Fritzinger Jr.

Sewage Enforcement Officer: William C. Brior

Planning Commission: Dean Meiser, Chairperson; Dave Frederick, Vice-Chairperson; Robert Miller, RoseAnne Georgiades, David Morgan

Zoning Hearing Board: Robert Frycklund, Esq., Ronald Calarco, James Dean, David Imschweiler

Tax Collector: Helene V. Zeigler

Constable: John Sarge

Penn Mahoning Ambulance: Val Coombe, President

Road Department: Singleton Harvey, Road Master

Park Commission: Blaine Seip, Chairman; Dennis Kabana, Vice Chairperson; Marlin Zehner, Secretary; Bill Tuckett, Treasurer; Darryl Fritz, Paul Barth, Scot Dietrich, Bruce Zehner, Robert Neumoyer

Legislators[edit]

  • State Representative Jerry Knowles, Republican, 124th district
  • State Senator Dave Argall, Republican, 29th district
  • US Representative Dan Meuser, Republican, 9th district

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

Coordinates: 40°43′25″N 75°53′14″W / 40.72361°N 75.88722°W / 40.72361; -75.88722