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Warminster Township
Township
Craven Hall Warminster 2013.jpg
Craven Hall
Warminster Township seal.JPG
Coat of arms
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Elevation 312 ft (95.1 m)
Area 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km²)
 - land 10.2 sq mi (26 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 32,682 (2010)
Density 3,061.0 /sq mi (1,181.9 /km²)
Established 1685
Government Council-Manager
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18974
Area code 215, 267
Location of Warminster Township in Bucks County
Location of Warminster Township in Bucks County
Website: www.warminstertownship.org

Warminster Township (a.k.a. Warminster) is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States and was formally established in 1711. It is 3.7 miles northwest of Philadelphia and had a population of 32,682 according to the 2010 U.S. census.

History

The town was called Warminster Township as early as 1685, before its borders were formally established in 1711. It was originally part of Southampton Township, which was founded in 1682 by William Penn. Warminster was named after a small town in the county of Wiltshire, at the western extremity of Salisbury Plain, England. Warminster, Pennsylvania was mostly settled by English and Scotch-Irish after William Penn received a grant of land in the area from King Charles, II.

Warminster began as a small farming community and remained that way throughout most of its history. As recently as 1955, the township had no residential subdivisions and only one housing complex, Lacey Park on Street Road, the site where the Battle of Crooked Billet occurred during the Revolutionary War that resulted in a resounding defeat for George Washington's troops.

Warminster's Craven Hall is included in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Warminster's most significant historical figure was William Tennent, an outspoken religious leader and educator.

Warminster's Naval Air Warfare Center, previously called the Johnsville Naval Air Development Center and then the Naval Air Development Center, operated from World War II until it closed in 1996. Its site was acquired by the U.S. Navy from the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in 1943. The Center initially served as a weapons development and airplane testing facility. It then became a training center for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. The facility developed a prototype "black box," best known as the indestructible recorder of cockpit conversations and information in the event of a crash.

Geography

Warminster Township is 3.7 miles northwest of Philadelphia at their closest points and has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), all of it land. Warminster is drained by the Delaware River tributaries of the Neshaminy Creek and the Pennypack Creek.

Neighboring municipalities

  • Warrington Township (northwest)
  • Warwick Township (north)
  • Ivyland (northeast)
  • Northampton Township (northeast)
  • Upper Southampton Township (southeast)
  • Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County (south)
  • Hatboro, Montgomery County (southwest)
  • Horsham Township, Montgomery County (southwest)

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Warminster has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Warminster, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(22.8)
75
(23.9)
85
(29.4)
95
(35)
96
(35.6)
99
(37.2)
102
(38.9)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
89
(31.7)
83
(28.3)
75
(23.9)
102
(38.9)
Average high °F (°C) 38.9
(3.83)
42.1
(5.61)
51.0
(10.56)
62.3
(16.83)
72.1
(22.28)
80.8
(27.11)
84.9
(29.39)
82.9
(28.28)
75.5
(24.17)
64.2
(17.89)
54.3
(12.39)
42.7
(5.94)
62.7
(17.06)
Average low °F (°C) 25.5
(-3.61)
27.6
(-2.44)
34.0
(1.11)
43.6
(6.44)
53.0
(11.67)
62.5
(16.94)
67.4
(19.67)
65.7
(18.72)
58.0
(14.44)
46.7
(8.17)
38.5
(3.61)
30.0
(-1.11)
46.1
(7.83)
Record low °F (°C) −9
(-22.8)
−6
(-21.1)
0
(-17.8)
18
(-7.8)
29
(-1.7)
39
(3.9)
49
(9.4)
43
(6.1)
34
(1.1)
25
(-3.9)
13
(-10.6)
−2
(-18.9)
−9
(-22.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.6
(91)
2.8
(71)
4.2
(107)
4.0
(102)
4.2
(107)
4.1
(104)
4.9
(124)
4.1
(104)
4.7
(119)
3.5
(89)
3.8
(97)
4.3
(109)
48.2
(1,224)
Snowfall inches (cm) 8.0
(20.3)
8.0
(20.3)
4.5
(11.4)
0.9
(2.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
2.7
(6.9)
24.7
(62.7)
Humidity 61.2 56.4 57.9 57.6 63.2 67.1 67.3 69.6 70.5 68.4 63.5 63.5 64.0
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.5 9.1 10.4 12.4 12.1 10.3 9.9 8.3 8.9 8.4 9.8 10.3 120.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 4.0 2.4 1.6 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 1.7 10.6
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,452
1940 1,977 36.2%
1950 7,127 260.5%
1960 15,994 124.4%
1970 34,900 118.2%
1980 35,463 1.6%
1990 32,832 −7.4%
2000 31,383 −4.4%
2010 32,682 4.1%

As of the 2000 U.S. census:

Warminster Township's residents were 86.0% non-Hispanic white, 7.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.1% black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 1.8% were two or more races.

The population density was 3,061.0 people per square mile (1,182.2/km²). There were 11,644 housing units at an average density of 1,135.7/sq mi (438.6/km²).

There were 11,350 households, out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% 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 3.16.

Of all township residents, 24.5% were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median household income was $54,375, while the median family income was $60,907. Males had a median income of $41,033 versus $30,302 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,285. About 4.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

The census figures were updated in 2010.

Parks and recreation centers

Warminster Township's Recreation Services Division provides many events and community services, including overseeing and maintaining 420 acres of recreation areas within 13 parks. Warminster Community Park is the largest at 240 acres, with over five miles of trails. Small neighborhood parks make up the bulk of the others. Sports teams, including soccer, football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, and softball, are provided by various adult and youth sports organizations throughout their respective seasons. The township is also home to the best-reviewed public golf course in Bucks County.

Transportation

Warminster PA SEPTA station April 2015
Warminster Station, which serves as the terminus of SEPTA's Warminster Line

Numbered routes in Warminster Township include Pennsylvania Route 132 (Street Road), which runs northwest-southeast through the township between Warrington and Southampton; Pennsylvania Route 263 (York Road), which runs north-south through the township between Hatboro and Jamison; and Pennsylvania Route 332 (Jacksonville Road), which runs southwest-northeast through the township between Hatboro and Ivyland. Other important roads include County Line Road, which runs northwest-southeast along the southwestern border with Montgomery County; Bristol Road, which runs northwest-southeast along the northeastern border of the township; Davisville Road, which runs southwest-northeast along the southeastern border of the township; and Mearns Road, which begins at Street Road in the center of the township and heads northeast.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides train and bus service in Warminster Township. The Warminster Station serves as the terminus of SEPTA Regional Rail's Warminster Line commuter rail service into Center City Philadelphia. SEPTA City Bus Route 22 begins in Warminster and heads south to Olney Transportation Center in North Philadelphia via Willow Grove. Rushbus offers peak-hour shuttles between Warminster's train station and certain businesses in Warminster and surrounding areas. Two cab companies also operate within the township.

Notable people

  • Kermit Cintron, boxer
  • John Fitch, inventor
  • Paul Hipp, actor and musician
  • Robert Ramsey, congressman
  • William Tennent, clergyman and educator
  • Mike Vogel, actor
  • David Wharton, 1988 Olympic swimmer
  • Milton Santiago, boxer

Clayton Baker Innovator

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