North Whitehall Township
The first people to populate this area were the Minsi Delaware Indians, also called the Lenni Lenape Indians. The region that comprises North Whitehall Township was used as their hunting, fishing, and camping grounds. In the early 1700s, settlers predominantly German, began clearing the land, raising crops, and establishing villages.
On March 20, 1753, Whitehall Township was formed from part of Northampton County, which had been deeded to the sons of William Penn. In 1810 Whitehall Township was divided into North and South Whitehall. In 1867 the eastern parts of both of these Townships were again divided to create the present day Whitehall Township.
The early villages usually began with the construction of a gristmill, sawmill, or a building which served as a hotel, store, and post office. In time, other buildings and homes were established.
Primarily agricultural in nature, North Whitehall Township was also home to several mining interests. Slate, iron ore, limestone, and cement industries flourished during the 1800s. In 1860, the Coplay Ironton Railroad was built to transport goods from the various mines. After mining operations declined in this area, the railroad was eventually abandoned.
Throughout its history, North Whitehall Township has proven to be a desirable place to live, and continues to do so by retaining its unique blend of residential and rural character.
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,731 people, 5,250 households, and 4,131 families residing in the township. The population density was 199.4/km² (516.5/mi²). There were 5,473 housing units at an average density of 74.1/km² (191.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.84% White, 0.83% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.
There were 5,250 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the township the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $60,618, and the median income for a family was $65,013. Males had a median income of $48,040 versus $27,576 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,983. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Township is served by the Parkland School District.
Sources: Wikipedia, North Whitehall Township Web Site
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