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East Goshen Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Elevation 430 ft (131.1 m)
Coordinates 39°59′07″N 75°32′53″W / 39.98528°N 75.54806°W / 39.98528; -75.54806
Area 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
 - land 10.1 sq mi (26 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2), 0.39%
Population 16,824 (2000)
Density 1,660.5 /sq mi (641.1 /km2)
Incorporated 1817
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of East Goshen Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
A police car of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, serving East Goshen Township, Westtown Township, and Thornbury Township in Chester County

East Goshen Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 16,824 at the 2000 census.



The ten square miles of this land that is now the Township of East Goshen was part of a larger tract purchased from William Penn in Wales in September 1681. Settlers, finding the land beautiful and productive named the area Goshenville, or "the Land of Goshen."

The blacksmith shop located on North Chester Road was built in 1699. It was here in the early years that wagon wheels were rerimmed, farm implements repaired, and horses shod. As part of East Goshen's tricentennial in 1982, the blacksmith shop was renovated and restored.

East Goshen Township was incorporated in 1817 when Goshen was divided, forming East and West Goshen Townships.


East Goshen Township owns a 55-acre (220,000 m2) park located on Paoli Pike. Facilities at the park include the Hicks Pavilion with a brick barbecue.

There are areas in the park for sports such as baseball, softball, and soccer fields, four sand volleyball courts, six tennis courts with wind screens and hitting backboard, two full-size basketball courts with additional baskets for shooting around, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) equipped fitness trail, a children's activity area, a putting green, and a gazebo.

The park has many passive areas for sunbathing, reading, frisbee throwing, etc. The park is also a popular place for walkers and joggers. It has rest room facilities and water fountains. Parking space has been enhanced and all facilities are planned and installed with the idea of maintaining a harmony with nature. The park closes at dusk and drinking alcohol is prohibited.

The park was named The Best Family Park by Best Of The Main Line. A magazine that rates the best places and food in The Main line area.Pennsylvania Main Line


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.3 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.30%) is water. The township is also in the Brandywine River Watershed. The township's border with its neighbor West Goshen is Airport Road, next to the Brandywine Airport.

Adjacent Townships


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 739
1940 867 17.3%
1950 1,039 19.8%
1960 1,694 63.0%
1970 5,138 203.3%
1980 10,021 95.0%
1990 15,138 51.1%
2000 16,824 11.1%</ref>

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,824 people, 7,165 households, and 4,607 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,660.5 people per square mile (641.2/km²). There were 7,496 housing units at an average density of 739.8/sq mi (285.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.39% White, 2.69% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.97% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 7,165 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township, 22.2% of the population is under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $64,777, and the median income for a family was $86,720. Males had a median income of $61,048 versus $36,814 for females. The per capita income for the township was $37,775. About 2.4% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Schools in the Township

East Goshen is home to East Goshen Elementary School, located in the West Chester Area School District.


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

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