ⓘ East Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania


ⓘ East Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

East Caln Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4.838 at the 2010 census. The township wraps around the east half of Downingtown and is mostly indistinguishable from it. East Caln Township is very developed, containing several shopping centers, including the regionally important Brandywine Square Center, several recently constructed housing developments varying from condominiums to large single family homes, and some industry in the southern fringe of the township.


1. Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 3.7 square miles 9.6 km 2, of which 3.6 square miles 9.3 km 2 is land and 0.1 square miles 0.26 km 2, or 1.63%, is water.

Adjacent townships

  • Uwchlan Township northwest
  • West Whiteland Township east
  • Caln Township northwestern boundary
  • East Bradford Township southwest
  • East Brandywine Township north
  • West Bradford Township south

East Caln Township surrounds the borough of Downingtown on the north, east, and south sides.


2. Demographics

At the 2010 census, the township was 72.1% non-Hispanic White, 6.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 17.0% Asian, and 2.3% were two or more races. 2.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 2.857 people, 1.205 households, and 771 families residing in the township. The population density was 786.6 people per square mile 303.9/km². There were 1.276 housing units at an average density of 351.3/sq mi 135.7/km². The racial makeup of the township was 87.75% White, 6.16% African American, 0.35% Native American, 4.03% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.89% of the population.

There were 1.205 households, out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% 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 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $65.000, and the median income for a family was $78.108. Males had a median income of $52.344 versus $35.329 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33.430. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.


3. Governance

East Caln Township is designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a township of the second class, and is governed by a three-member Board of Supervisors. The day-to-day operations of the township are managed by the Township Manager.


4. Public Safety

Police services in East Caln Township are provided by the Downingtown Police Department under a contract that was initiated in 2005. Fire and emergency medical services are provided by the Downingtown Fire Department.


5. Education

School age students residing in East Caln Township attend schools in the Downingtown Area School District. There are no public schools located within the boundaries of the township.