Upper Macungie Township

Upper Macungie Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Upper Macungie Township

Upper Macungie Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state and was created in 1832 when Macungie Township was divided into Upper and Lower Macungie Townships.

Alburtis

Alburtis is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

Upper Macungie Township

Upper Macungie also has among the highest median family and household income rates in the state of Pennsylvania with an average nearly double that of the state overall.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.2 km2), of which, 26.2 square miles (68.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (0.38%) is water. It is drained by the Little Lehigh Creek and the Jordan Creek into the Lehigh River.

Geography

Upper Macungie's villages include Breinigsville, Fogelsville, Haafsville (also in Weisenberg Township,) Krocksville, Kuhnsville, Newtown, Ruppsville, and Trexlertown.

Early History of Upper Macungie

The original residents of Upper Macungie were Native Americans of the Lenni Lenape tribe, a regional branch of the Algonquin Nation, sometimes referred to as Delaware Indians. They named the region “Maccongy” which translates to “bear swamp” or “bears’ feeding place.” European settlers began arriving in the early 1700s and pronounced the name as “Macungie…” Fertile soil and abundant water sources attracted German immigrants and by 1743 the population of Macungie was 650.

Early History of Upper Macungie

The township was divided in 1832 into Upper and Lower Macungie. By 1845, the population of Upper Macungie was 1,769 and while still mostly farms and woodlands, there were two grist mills, two saw mills and several tanneries.

Early History of Upper Macungie

To this day, familiar names like Breinigsville, Trexlertown and Fogelsville, as well as dozens of street and landmark names, are testimony to the omnipresence of our Pennsylvania Dutch forbears. And while Upper Macungie today is a community that embraces all, thousands of our longtime residents can still trace their lineages (and their very German surnames) back to the original settlers.

Planning for a Future with an Abundance of Green Space

Maintaining a healthy balance of development and open space has long been a priority of Upper Macungie Township’s leaders. We are one of the few municipalities with our own Township Conservation Design Development Regulations, which mandates that a significant portion of any developed land must be maintained as open space for future generations. Approximately 20% (5 square miles) of township land is preserved.

Planning for a Future with an Abundance of Green Space

At no cost to our taxpayers, the Township’s leaders have long made the acquisition and preservation of open spaces a guiding priority. These green spaces are evident in our healthful balance of recreational parks, forests and farm lands.

Planning for a Future with an Abundance of Green Space

Today, we have more than three times the open land required by the Lehigh County Planning Commission…and we are adding more all the time. This commitment to preserving a significant proportion of our community as open space is a living tribute to our rural heritage which ensures a cleaner, greener environment for future generations of Upper Macungie residents.

Education

The Township is served by the Parkland School District. Students in grades 9-12 attend Parkland High School in the district. While Fogelsville and Fred J. Jaindl Elementary Schools are located in Upper Macungie, some of the township's students attend Cetronia, Kernsville, or Parkway Manor Elementary School. Most of its middle school students attend Springhouse Middle School, except in the far north which is served by Orefield Middle School.

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Our township is one of the fastest growing in Pennsylvania for many good reasons; strategic location, great schools, exciting recreational locations and parks, as well as a responsive and caring township government intent on making Upper Macungie Township progressively better. We designed this website to be informative and easy to use. It contains lots of important information about the many township services, conveniences and benefits which help to make living and working in Upper Macungie.

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Demographics
As of 2014, the population of the township was estimated to be 21,461. The population was 77.6% Non-Hispanic White, 2.9% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American and Alaskan Native, 10.8% Asian, 3.2% from two or more race, and 1.8% from some other race. 5.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 20,063 people and 7,843 households residing in the township. The population density was 529.5 people per square mile (204.5/km2). There were 7,843 housing units at an average density of 203.3/sq mi (78.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 84.96% White, 2.68% African American, 0.14% Native American, 8.96% Asian, 1.03% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.92% of the population.

There were 7,843 households, out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 3.71% from 19 to 24, 36.08% from 25 to 49 and 31.1% age 50 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $85,600, and the median income for a family was $97,180. Upper Macungie has one of the highest median family incomes in the state of Pennsylvania with an amount nearly double the state average. Males had a median income of $57,971 versus $38,490 for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,506. About 0.8% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

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