Upper Macungie Township

Upper Macungie Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

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. These early settlers laid the cultural foundation of the area, long recognized for a strong heritage known as Pennsylvania Dutch (The “Dutch” reference has nothing to do with Holland. It evolved from word for German: Deutsch).

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

The population of Upper Macungie Township was 20,063 as of the 2010 U.S. census,[2] thus making it one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Pennsylvania in terms of total population.

Upper Macungie 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 (68.0 km2), of which 26.1 square miles (67.6 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.65%, are water.[1] It is drained by tributaries of Little Lehigh Creek and Jordan Creek into the Lehigh River.

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

The township has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 6b. The monthly average temperature in Fogelsville ranges from 28.5 °F (−1.9 °C) in January to 73.3 °F (22.9 °C) in July. [2]

 
Adjacent municipalities
Lower Macungie Township (southeast)
South Whitehall Township (northeast)
North Whitehall Township (tangent to the north)
Lowhill Township (north)
Weisenberg Township (northwest)
Maxatawny Township, Berks County (west)
Longswamp Township, Berks County (southwest)

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.

Education
The township is served by Parkland School District. Students in grades 9-12 attend Parkland High School in the district. While Fogelsville, Fred J. Jaindl, and Veterans Memorial 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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