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Abington Township —  Township  — Abington Township Location of Abington in Pennsylvania Coordinates: 40°06′00″N 75°05′59″W / 40.1°N 75.09972°W / 40.1; -75.09972Coordinates: 40°06′00″N 75°05′59″W / 40.1°N 75.09972°W / 40.1; -75.09972[1] Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Montgomery Settled before 1696 Incorporated 1704 Government[2]  - President of the Board of Commissioners Carol T. DiJoseph (Republican) Area  - Total 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)  - Land 15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)  - Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2) Elevation[1] 282 ft (86 m) Population (2000)[3]  - Total 56,103  - Estimate (2008) 55,234  - Density 3,630.3/sq mi (1,401.7/km2) Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)  - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) ZIP Code 19001 Area code(s) 215 Website Abington Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was estimated at 55,234 in 2008.[3] Abington Township is one of Montgomery County's oldest communities dating back to before 1700 and being incorporated in 1704. It is home to some of the county's oldest transportation routes, industries and churches. Many of these older business and transportation centers were the forerunners of modern Abington. Today, Abington Township is a highly desirable residential area that contains the Willow Grove Park Mall, several small businesses, and a few of Montgomery County's largest employers.[2] Contents 1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Government 5 Communities 6 Schools 7 Services infrastructure 8 Notable natives and residents 9 References // History The land that comprises Abington today was purchased from the native Lenape by William Penn during the 1680s. By the next decade, a handful of European settlers built and lived in Hill Township, at the crossroads of Susquehanna Street Road and Old York Road. After brief times under other names, the township incorporated as Abington in 1704. The name's origin is not known.[4] Some institutions have been in Abington for most of its existence. The cornerstone of the original Abington Friends School, in operation since before Abington's incorporation, is used in today's school building. The Abington Presbyterian Church opened in the early years of the township, and while the original building is gone, its graveyard is still used today. The railroad reached the township in 1855, with the first station building erected in 1873, on the site of today's Noble Station.[4] Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.0 km²), of which, 15.4 square miles (40.0 km²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water. Demographics Historical populations Year Pop. 1734 42 1930 18,648 1940 20,857 1950 28,988 1960 55,831 1970 63,625 1980 58,836 1990 56,322 2000 56,103 2008 55,234 Source: [3] A local 1734 census counted households of resident land owners, not population.[5] As of 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated there were 55,234 people, 21,252 occupied households, and 14,819 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,563 people per square mile (1,377/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 80% White, 12% Black, 3% Asian, a fraction of a percent Pacific Islander, 1% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3% of the population. There were 21,252 households out of which 32% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 11% had a female householder with no husband present, 56% were married couples living together, and 30% were non-families. 26% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.11. In the township the population was spread out with 22% under the age of 18, 9% from 18 to 24, 25% from 25 to 44, 29% from 45 to 64, and 16% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. The population was 47% male, and 53% female. The median income for a household in the township was $77,363, and the median income for a family was $94,473. The per capita income for the township was $38,737. About 2% of families and 3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1% of those under age 18 and 5% of those age 65 or over.[3] Government Presidential elections results Year Republican Democrat 2008 34.4% 11,244 64.8% 21,210 2004 38.0% 12,116 61.7% 19,667 2000 38.4% 16,586 59.0% 10,808 1996 37.2% 9,670 53.6% 13,933 1992 37.9% 13,933 46.3% 13,736 Abington Township does not have a mayor. Rather it is governed by a Board of Commissioners, who are elected one from each of the township's fifteen wards. A President of the Board is elected from among these commissioners, and serves as the head of government for Abington Township. Carol T. DiJoseph is the current Commission President.[2] Most of the township is in the Thirteenth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Allyson Schwartz) with a small part in the Eighth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Patrick Murphy). In 2004, Pennsylvanian political scientists Dr. G. Terry Madonna and Dr. Michael Young identified Abington Township as an especially interesting political bellwether—a local area "looked to for early readings of how national elections will turn out."[6] Communities Abington Township comprises sixteen "communities" as follow alphabetically: Communities: Abington Ardsley Crestmont Elkins Park Glenside Hollywood Huntingdon Valley McKinley Meadowbrook Noble North Hills Roslyn Roychester Rydal Willow Grove The communities are unofficial, unincorporated subdivisions of the township, corresponding roughly to voting districts and elementary school placement. Their primary importance aside from community identity is the postal system (e.g., to send a letter to someone living in the Glenside community, you would address the letter to Glenside, Pennsylvania rather than Abington Township, Pennsylvania). Additionally, some portions of some of these subdivisions, including Glenside, Huntingdon Valley, Willow Grove, and Elkins Park, are actually in neighboring townships.[2] Schools Abington is served by the Abington School District. The elementary schools in this township are: Copper Beech Elementary Highland Elementary McKinley Elementary Overlook Elementary Roslyn Elementary Rydal Elementary Willow Hill Elementary The middle school (grades 7-9) is Abington Junior High School and the senior high (grades 10-12) is Abington Senior High School. There are several private schools located inside the township, such as Meadowbrook and Abington Friends School. Penn State’s Abington campus is located in the Rydal section of the township. The school district received some notoriety in the 1960s when it became one of the key parties in the school prayer controversy, with Abington School District v. Schempp. The Supreme Court case resulted in a declaration of the unconstitutionality of school-sanctioned Bible reading. The Elementary Schools, Junior High School, and Senior High school within Abington School District have recently undergone a series of renovations and rebuilding resulting in more up-to-date and sophisticated structures. Services infrastructure Abington Memorial Hospital[7] and Holy Redeemer Hospital are both located in Abington Township. Alverthorpe Park is located in the community of Abington. Abington Art Center is a contemporary art museum located in Abington. Notable natives and residents Dr. Amar Gopal Bose - MIT Professor and founder of the audio company Bose Corporation, attended Abington Senior High School. Tom Feeney - former U.S. Representative from Florida Jon D. Fox - former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania Matthew Fox - actor, plays Jack on Lost. Deborah Kaplan - screenwriter and film director Eddie George - retired NFL Running Back[8] Bil Keane - cartoonist of The Family Circus resided in Roslyn with his family from 1948 - 1959. Chad Kolarik - University of Michigan hockey player, drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes Ken V. Krawchuk - Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1998 and 2002 Joey Lawrence - actor Matthew Lawrence - actor (brother of Joey Lawrence) Benjamin Lay - a philanthropist, abolitionist, and Quaker extremist Stephen Lynch - Tony Award nominated actor, comedian and musician James Morrow - Science fiction author, was born in the area and alludes to the case in his novel Blameless in Abaddon, whose title community of "Abaddon" is a parallel of Abington. Mike Richter - Retired NHL Goaltender Ray Downs -Author & Musician Bob Saget - actor and comedian Ellery Schempp - Physicist; famous for his involvement as a student in Abington School District v. Schempp Stephen A. Schwarzman - Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone Group Shawn Wooden - retired NFL Safety for the Miami Dolphins[9] Adam Gerber - 2007 United States Poker Championship winner Gail Berman - 1974 Abington Graduate is the former president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company and the former president of Viacom's Paramount Pictures References ^ a b "Township of Abington". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-03-20.  ^ a b c d "Abington Township Website". Retrieved 2010-03-20.  ^ a b c d "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-03-20.  ^ a b Shaffer, Helen L. (April 1976). "A Tour of Old Abington, Bicentennial Edition". Abington Civic Club. Retrieved 2010-03-19.  ^ Edward W. Hocker et al (1956). "A History of the Abington Township". The Board of Commissioners of the Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2010-03-20.  ^ Madonna, GT; Young, M (June 30, 2004). "Pennsylvania's Crystal Ball". Politically Uncorrected Column. Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Politics & Public Affairs. Retrieved 2007-06-20.  ^ "Abington Memorial Hospital Home Page". Retrieved 15 October 2005. ; "Abington Community Information (showing map with location of Abington Memorial Hospital)". Retrieved 15 October 2005.  ^ ^ v • d • e Municipalities and communities of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania County seat: Norristown Home rule municipalities Bryn Athyn | Cheltenham Township | Horsham Township | Norristown | Plymouth Township | Whitemarsh Township Boroughs Ambler | Bridgeport | Collegeville | Conshohocken | East Greenville | Green Lane | Hatboro | Hatfield | Jenkintown | Lansdale | Narberth | North Wales | Pennsburg | Pottstown | Red Hill | Rockledge | Royersford | Schwenksville | Souderton | Telford‡ | Trappe | West Conshohocken Townships Abington | Douglass | East Norriton | Franconia | Hatfield | Limerick | Lower Frederick | Lower Gwynedd | Lower Merion | Lower Moreland | Lower Pottsgrove | Lower Providence | Lower Salford | Marlborough | Montgomery | New Hanover | Perkiomen | Salford | Skippack | Springfield | Towamencin | Upper Dublin | Upper Frederick | Upper Gwynedd | Upper Hanover | Upper Merion | Upper Moreland | Upper Pottsgrove | Upper Providence | Upper Salford | West Norriton | West Pottsgrove | Whitpain | Worcester CDPs Ardmore‡ | Audubon | Blue Bell | Bryn Mawr | Eagleville | Evansburg | Flourtown | Fort Washington | Gilbertsville | Glenside | Halfway House | Harleysville | Horsham | King of Prussia | Kulpsville | Maple Glen | Montgomeryville | Oreland | Penn Wynne | Plymouth Meeting | Pottsgrove | Sanatoga | Skippack | Spring House | Spring Mount | Stowe | Trooper | Willow Grove | Wyncote | Wyndmoor Unincorporated communities Ardsley | Bala Cynwyd | Barren Hill | Bethayres | Crestmont | Cheltenham | Dresher | Elkins Park | Erdenheim | Fitzwatertown | Gladwyne | Graterford | Gulph Mills | Haverford | Hollywood | Huntingdon Valley | Jarrettown | Lafayette Hill | La Mott | Laverock | Linfield | Meadowbrook | Melrose Park | Merion | Miquon | Mont Clare | Noble | North Hills | Oaks | Palm | Perkiomenville | Port Indian | Port Providence | Prospectville | Rosemont | Roslyn | Roychester | Rydal | Swedeland | Three Tuns | Villanova | Wayne‡ | Wynnewood | Zieglersville Footnotes ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties v • d • e Abington Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Communities Abington  · Ardsley  · Crestmont  · Elkins Park  · Glenside  · Hollywood  · Huntingdon Valley  · McKinley  · Meadowbrook  · Noble  · North Hills  · Roslyn  · Roychester  · Rydal  · Willow Grove Major Roads Pennsylvania Route 611 Railroad Stations Ardsley  · Crestmont  · Meadowbrook  · Noble  · Roslyn  · Walnut Hill Education Abington Friends School  · Abington School District  · Abington Senior High School  · Penn State Abington Attractions Abington Art Center  · Briar Bush Nature Center  · Willow Grove Park Mall History Abington School District v. Schempp  · Willow Grove Park Parks Lorimer Park Website: