Census: A Look at Newtown Township By the Numbers
Newtown Township saw a minimal increase in population, while decreasing in other areas over the past decade.
Editor's note: The data for social characteristics have been corrected and updated.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently rolled out its latest numbers conducted in the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides more detail on economic, social, demographic and housing information on each community nationwide.
For towns under a population of 20,000 like Newtown Township, the ACS just released its first five-year estimates for data collected in years 2005-2009 at the end of last year.
The 2010 U.S. Census is expected to have its first numbers in by February and an official release of the data in April. Visit us tomorrow for Marple's ACS numbers.
In comparison to the last census gathered in 2000, here's what Patch found out about Newtown Township.
Since 2000, the ACS estimated Newtown's population grew gradually with only 128 more residents from 11,700 to 11,828 in the past decade.
Most of that increase was seen in the age bracket of 18 years or older, in which the number grew from 8,996 in 2000 to 9,342 from 2005-2009. On the contrary, those under 5 years old declined from 653 in 2000 to 580 in the past decade as well as those over 65 years old or older from 2,564 in 2000 to 2,412 in the past decade.
The 2000 U.S. Census calculated a median household income of $65,924 in 1999, which increased to $89,052, the adjusted 2009 inflation figure, despite the recent recession.
The median family income in 1999 was $82,557 and jumped to $118,056 in the past decade.
The average commuter saw a two-minute drop in commuting to work over the past decade from 26.5 minutes to get to work in 2000 to about 24.4 minutes in the recent ACS estimates from the past decade.
The number of workers also increased in the township. Those over 16 years and older working in 2000 were 5,356 residents, while in the past decade it rose to 5,924 residents working.
The median home value in Newtown Township increased from $209,700 to $387,000 in the past decade. An average resident in the township saw an increase in mortgage from $1,610 to $2,269 in the past decade.
It turns out the number of civilian veterans who fought in a war decreased from 1,282 in 2000 to 931 in 2005-2009.
The number of married residents decreased over the past decade. According to the ACS, the most recent numbers estimate a population of 5,722 married while in 2000 it was 5,972.
Interestingly, the number of residents who speak another language other than English at home nearly increased in number from 943 in 2000 to 1,310 in 2005-2009.
Although the ACS produces population, demographic and housing unit estimates, the U.S. Census Bearu's Population Estimates Program is responsible for the official estimates of the population for the nation and its communities. Please visit here for more information or call your regional Census Bureau Office in Philadelphia at 1-866-238-1374.