ⓘ New Britain Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania


ⓘ New Britain Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

New Britain Township was founded in 1723. The Township was comprised more than 15.000 acres and included land which is now occupied by Chalfont Borough and New Britain Borough as well as the later established Doylestown Township. The Township currently encompasses 14.7 square miles 9900 acres. According to historical research conducted by Township volunteers, it is estimated that the Lenni Lenape Indians arrived in New Britain Township as early as 1397. The Morgan James Homestead and Pine Valley Covered Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


1. Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.2 square miles 39.5 km², of which, 14.7 square miles 38.1 km² of it is land and 0.6 square miles 1.4 km² of it 3.61% is water. It is drained by the Delaware River via the Neshaminy Creek. Its villages include Christy also in Montgomery County, Fountainville, Line Lexington also in Hilltown Township and Montgomery County, Naces Corner, New Galena, and Newville. Brittany Farms-The Highlands CDP is also located in the township.

Natural features include Cooks Run, Iron Hill, Neshaminy Creek, Pine Run, Prospect Hill, and Royal Hill. New Britain Township is home to Peace Valley Park, a county park that surrounds Lake Galena, a reservoir along the North Branch Neshaminy Creek.


1.1. Geography Neighboring municipalities

  • Hatfield Township, Montgomery County southwest
  • Doylestown Township east
  • Montgomery Township, Montgomery County south
  • Plumstead Township northeast
  • Warrington Township southeast
  • Hilltown Township northwest
  • Chalfont east
  • New Britain east

2. Climate

According to the Koppen climate classification system, New Britain Township, Pennsylvania has a hot-summer, wet all year, humid continental climate Dfa. Dfa climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F ≤ 0.0 °C, at least four months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F ≥ 10.0 °C, at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F ≥ 22.0 °C, and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months, episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F ≥ 38 °C. On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F < -18 °C. The plant hardiness zone is 6b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of -1.4 °F -18.6 °C. The average seasonal Nov-Apr snowfall total is between 30 and 36 inches 76 and 91 cm, and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in noreaster activity.


3. Ecology

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, New Britain Township, Pennsylvania would have an Appalachian Oak 104 vegetation type with an Eastern Hardwood Forest 25 vegetation form.


4. Demographics

As of the 2010 census, the township was 92.0% White, 1.6% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.3% Asian, and 0.9% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 10.698 people, 3.895 households, and 3.034 families residing in the township. The population density was 727.6 people per square mile 281.0/km². There were 3.969 housing units at an average density of 270.0/sq mi 104.2/km². The racial makeup of the township was 96.26% White, 1.35% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 3.895 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71.194, and the median income for a family was $77.896. Males had a median income of $57.188 versus $34.390 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28.923. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.