Background

Lower Southampton Township is a township of the second class located in lower Bucks County.  The Township encompasses 6.6 square miles, being bordered on the east by Bensalem Township, on the north by Northampton Township, on the west by Upper Southampton Township and Lower Moreland Township (Montgomery County), and on the south by the City of Philadelphia.  Principal unincorporated communities within the Township are Feasterville, Trevose Heights, and parts of Oakford and Trevose.  Feasterville, the approximate geographical center of the Township, is approximately 17 miles from center city Philadelphia and approximately 14 miles from Trenton, New Jersey.

Until the late 1950’s, the Township was primarily rural in character, at which time a transition in land use from rural-agricultural to suburban and single family residential began.  The Township has evolved largely into a commuter-oriented  community, based to a great extent on employment opportunities in both the Philadelphia and Trenton labor markets.

2010 Census

As of the 2010 census, the township was 91.9% Non-Hispanic White, 1.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.5% Asian, and 1.1% were two or more races. 2.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.

2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,276 people, 7,152 households, and 5,428 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,887.7 people per square mile (1,114.1/km²). There were 7,333 housing units at an average density of 1,098.6/sq mi (423.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.34% White, 1.07% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.01%Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 7,152 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $57,011, and the median income for a family was $62,209. Males had a median income of $41,902 versus $32,073 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,367. About 2.7% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


Total Population
18,909 (2010)

  • Housing Statistics

    Housing Status
    ( in housing units unless noted )

    Total 7,362
    Occupied 7,143
    Owner-occupied 5,779
    Population in owner-occupied
    ( number of individuals )
    15,916
    Renter-occupied 1,364
    Population in renter-occupied
    ( number of individuals )
    2,975
    Households with individuals under 18 2,041
    Vacant 219
    Vacant: for rent 66
    Vacant: for sale 44
    Vacant: for seasonal/recreational/occasional use 31
  • Population by Ethnicity

    Population by Ethnicity

    Hispanic or Latino 521
    Non Hispanic or Latino 18,388
  • Population by Race

    Population by Race

    White 17,718
    African American 338
    Asian 481
    American Indian and Alaska Native 29
    Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander 4
    Other 128
    Identified by two or more 211
  • Population by Age/Gender

    Population by Sex/Age

    Male 9,326
    Female 9,583
    Under 18 3,976
    18 & over 14,933
    20 – 24 1,099
    25 – 34 2,199
    35 – 49 4,136
    50 – 64 4,336
    65 & over 2,732
  • Historical Population

    Historical Populations
    Census Pop.
    1930 1,077
    1940 1,843 71.1%
    1950 3,562 93.3%
    1960 12,619 254.3%
    1970 17,578 39.3%
    1980 18,305 4.1%
    1990 19,860 8.5%
    2000 19,276 −2.9%
    2010 18,909 −1.9%
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