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Caln Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 351 ft (107 m)
Coordinates 39°59′51″N 75°46′09″W / 39.9975°N 75.76917°W / 39.9975; -75.76917
Area 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 - land 8.8 sq mi (23 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 11,916 (2000)
Density 1,360.6 /sq mi (525.3 /km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Caln Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Caln Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 11,916 at the 2000 census. The township was founded by settlers from Calne, Wiltshire in England in 1714. The relationship with Calne, Wiltshire continues today as the two towns are sister cities. The Township is a Township of the First Class. The Governing Body is a Board of Commissioners. The Board President is Jill Kelly Hammond, Vice President James Mayrides, Board Members Joshua Young, Jim Kruse, William Chambers. The Township Manager is Gregory Prowant.

Caln Township contains a commercial center called Thorndale. Within Thorndale there is a SEPTA train station which provides train service to Philadelphia. U.S. Route 30 is a major arterial roadway through Caln Township. There is a public hospital called the Brandywine Hospital and a major Veterans Administration Hospital called the Coatesville VA Hospital. Caln Township is a part of the Coatesville School District. The western end of the township along US Business 30 is sometimes referred to as the village of Caln. Historically, there have also been places named Reeceville (northwestern corner), Ingleside (between Caln and Thorndale), Bondsville (north of Thorndale), and Galagherville (between Thorndale and Downingtown) although these names have fallen out of usage except for the roads named after them.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²), of which, 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²) of it is land and 0.11% is water.

Adjacent Townships

The city of Coatesville is on the west side of the township. The borough of Downingtown is on the east side of the township; both are politically independent.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 1,676
1940 3,661 118.4%
1950 5,779 57.9%
1960 6,685 15.7%
1970 6,689 0.1%
1980 9,639 44.1%
1990 11,997 24.5%
2000 11,916 −0.7%</ref>

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,916 people, 4,363 households, and 3,067 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,360.6 people per square mile (525.2/km²). There were 4,535 housing units at an average density of 517.8/sq mi (199.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 78.78% White, 15.76% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population.

There were 4,363 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $60,198, and the median income for a family was $65,520. Males had a median income of $43,169 versus $33,193 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,494. About 3.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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