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West Bradford Township
Township
none Blacksmith in the village of Marshallton, located in West Bradford Township.
Blacksmith in the village of Marshallton, located in West Bradford Township.
Motto: "Between the Brandywines"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 548 ft (167 m)
Coordinates 39°57′56″N 75°44′22″W / 39.96556, -75.73944
Area 18.6 sq mi (48.2 km²)
 - land 18.6 sq mi (48 km²)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km²), 0.54%
Population 12,376 (2010)
Density 665.4 / sq mi (256.9 / km²)
Established 1705 (as Bradford Twp.)
Board of Supervisors Bruce W. Laverty
John A. Haiko
Mark J. Blair
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 19335, 19320, 19382
Area code 610
Location of West Bradford Township in Pennsylvania
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Location of West Bradford Township in Pennsylvania


Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States


Website: http://www.westbradford.org

West Bradford Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 12,376 at the 2010 census.

History[]

There are three federal historic districts (Marshallton, Trimbleville, and Northbrook) on the National Register of Historic Places located within West Bradford Township .[1] Also listed are the Baily Farm, Bradford Friends Meetinghouse, Como Farm, Cope's Bridge, Derbydown Homestead, Humphry Marshall House, Marshallton Inn, Taylor-Cope Historic District, and Temple-Webster-Stoner House.[2]

Geography[]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.2 km²), of which, 18.6 square miles (48.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.32% water.

Adjacent municipalities[]

  • Caln Township (North)
  • Downingtown (North)
  • East Caln Township (North)
  • East Bradford Township (East)
  • Newlin Township (South)
  • Pocopson Township (South)
  • East Fallowfield Township (West)

Major roadways[]

  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 162]] (Strasburg Road/Telegraph Road)
  • US 322 (Downingtown Pike)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 1,558
1940 1,367 −12.3%
1950 1,530 11.9%
1960 1,894 23.8%
1970 2,996 58.2%
1980 7,343 145.1%
1990 10,406 41.7%
2000 10,775 3.5%
2010 12,376 14.9%
[3]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 12,376 people, 4,126 households, and 3,449 families residing in the township. The population density was 665.4 people per square mile (256.9/km²). There were 4,217 housing units at an average density of 226.7/sq mi (87.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.4% White, 2.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,126 households, out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.4% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the township the population was spread out, with 30.4% under the age of 19, 4.0% from 20 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a family was $104,124.

Education[]

Public schools[]

West Bradford Township is served by the Downingtown Area School District, and has two elementary schools within the township:

  • Bradford Heights Elementary School
  • West Bradford Elementary School

Neighborhoods[]

  • Brandywine Greene
  • Embreeville
  • Marshallton
  • Northbrook
  • Romansville
  • Trimbleville
  • Victoria Crossing at Bradford Glen

Notable places[]

  • The west branch of the Brandywine River passes through West Bradford. General Cornwallis of the British Army crossed the river at Trimble's Ford en route to the Battle of Brandywine.
  • Broad Run Golfer's Club, a golf course designed by Rees Jones
  • Humphry Marshall House, residence of botanist Humphry Marshall located in the village of Marshallton
  • Strasburg Road, an historic road paved in 1772-3 that runs through West Bradford
  • United Sports, a multiple-use sports complex

Notable residents[]

  • Planter and judge John Beale Bordley resided at and owned Como Farm in West Bradford. The clubhouse of Broad Run Golfer's Club now sits on the ground that was formerly Como Farm.
  • Former United States congressman John Hickman was born in West Bradford.
  • The well known botanist, Humphry Marshall, lived in West Bradford.
  • The actor Claude Rains, who earned four Oscar Nominations for supporting actor and portrayed Captain Renault in the film Casablanca, owned the Stock Grange Farm in West Bradford. The farm had previously been in the family of the Philadelphia naturalist Witmer Stone, who spent summers at Stock Grange while growing up.

References[]

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This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.
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