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Charlestown Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 223 ft (68 m)
Coordinates 40°06′01″N 75°33′03″W / 40.10028°N 75.55083°W / 40.10028; -75.55083
Area 12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)
 - land 12.5 sq mi (32 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 0.32%
Population 4,051 (2000)
Density 323.3 /sq mi (124.8 /km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Charlestown Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Charlestown Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,051 at the 2000 census.

Part of the Valley Forge Christian College's campus, formerly the location of the Valley Forge General Hospital, is located in Charlestown Township. The other part is located in Schuylkill Township. The campus straddles the township line.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.5 km²), of which, 12.5 square miles (32.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.

Adjacent Townships

No incorporated municipalities are adjacent to Charlestown Township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,051 people, 1,340 households, and 1,003 families residing in the township. The population density was 323.3 people per square mile (124.8/km²). There were 1,397 housing units at an average density of 111.5/sq mi (43.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.36% White, 1.56% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.70% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 1,340 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 720
1940 726 0.8%
1950 854 17.6%
1960 1,931 126.1%
1970 3,528 82.7%
1980 2,770 −21.5%
1990 2,754 −0.6%
2000 4,051 47.1%</ref>

The median income for a household in the township was $89,813, and the median income for a family was $101,922. Males had a median income of $77,386 versus $46,026 for females. The per capita income for the township was $41,878. About 1.4% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


The township is served by Great Valley School District.


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

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