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Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Exeter Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Area 24.6 mi² (63.7 km²)
 - land 24.4 mi² (63.2 km²)
 - water 0.2 mi² (0.5 km²), 0.81%
 - coordinates 40°18′48″N 75°51′12″W / 40.31333, -75.85333Coordinates: 40°18′48″N 75°51′12″W / 40.31333, -75.85333
 - elevation 279 ft (85 m)
Population 25,000 (2000)
Density 867.6 /mi² (335 /km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Exeter Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Exeter Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was about 25,000 in 2005. Daniel Boone Homestead is within its borders. Betsy King, the famous female golfer, grew up here. This formerly rural township is now made up of mostly sprawl-oriented developments along Route 422(Perkiomen Avenue) and Route 562(St. Lawerence Avenue/Boyertown Pike). Its school district also contains the adjacent borough of Saint Lawrence


[edit] Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 63.7 km² (24.6 mi²). 63.2 km² (24.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.77%) is water.


[edit] History

The name Exeter derives from the town of Exeter in Devon, England. Numerous other places have also been given the name Exeter.


[edit] Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 25,000 people, 7,934 households, and 6,061 families residing in the township. The population density was 335.0/km² (867.6/mi²). There were 8,208 housing units at an average density of 129.9/km² (336.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.37% White, 2.05% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 7,934 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $56,956, and the median income for a family was $65,061. Males had a median income of $46,067 versus $31,149 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,071. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

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