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Lower Nazareth Township

 

Lower Nazareth Township is a township in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Lower Nazareth Township is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

 

The population of Lower Nazareth Township was 5,259 at the 2000 census.

HISTORY

Lower Nazareth Township is a great place to live, work, and play. Gently nestled in rich Eastern Pennsylvania farmland, it was originally part of the "Walking Purchase" of 1737. Purchased from William Penn, this area was originally known as "The Drylands". This 83 hundred-acre section was once thought to be doomed and was termed, "Barren". There was very little forest land as the Indians had burned all of the vegetation to drive the game into the open to hunt. This "Barren" appearance of the area gave rise to the popular superstition that no crops could be grown in this region as it was too "dry". Early residents held a rich religious heritage and named Lower Nazareth Township after the biblical town of Nazareth. In 1740 it was written, "The surface of the township is level; the soil limestone, and well improved by judicious course of crops, and careful culture, and very productive". In 1807, Lower Nazareth was created.

Lower Nazareth has experienced slow, controlled growth and established itself as a community poised for the 21st Century.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,259 people, 1,788 households, and 1,534 families residing in the township. The population density was 151.5/km² (392.5/mi²). There were 1,821 housing units at an average density of 52.5/km² (135.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.98% White, 0.89% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 1,788 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.8% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.2% were non-families. 11.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $70,250, and the median income for a family was $76,193. Males had a median income of $48,343 versus $31,956 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,624. About 1.5% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Public education

The Township is served by the Nazareth Area School District.

Sources: Wikipedia

 

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