Upper Saucon Township
Upper Saucon Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Indians were the first inhabitants of the area known today as Upper Saucon Township. The word “Saucon” is derived from the Indian word “Suakunk” which was the name applied to an Indian village at the mouth of Saucon Creek, and afterwards a large tract of land lying on both sides the creek from its source to its mouth.
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Upper Saucon 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.6 square miles (63.7 km2), of which 24.5 square miles (63.4 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.59%, are water. Its boundary with Salisbury Township is located on South Mountain. Elevations range from 340 feet (100 m) in Spring Valley to 1,042 feet (318 m) at Bauer Rock atop South Mountain in Big Rock County Park. Upper Saucon is in the Delaware River watershed and is drained by Saucon Creek into the Lehigh River, except for a very small area in the extreme south just southwest of Locust Valley, which is drained by Unami Creek into Perkiomen Creek and the Schuylkill River.
Upper Saucon Township has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and is in hardiness zone 6b. The average monthly temperature in Center Valley ranges from 28.9 °F (−1.7 °C) in January to 73.5 °F (23.1 °C) in July.
Lower Milford Township (southwest)
Upper Milford Township (west)
Salisbury Township (northwest)
Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County (northeast)
Springfield Township, Bucks County (southeast)
Milford Township, Bucks County (tangent to the south)
Upper Saucon surrounds the borough of Coopersburg.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,939 people, 3,970 households, and 3,283 families residing in the township. The population density was 483.9 people per square mile (186.9/km2). There were 4,117 housing units at an average density of 166.9/sq mi (64.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.11% White, 0.70% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.
There were 3,970 households, out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.3% were non-families. 13.6% 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 2.79 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the township the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $66,703, and the median income for a family was $73,381. Males had a median income of $50,041 versus $30,165 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,606. About 0.9% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
DeSales University, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Strayer University-Allentown campus are institutions of higher education located in the township.
Along with the borough of Coopersburg and Lower Milford Township, Upper Saucon is served by the Southern Lehigh School District. Southern Lehigh High School serves grades nine through twelve.