Kennett Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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Kennett Township
Kennett Meeting House
Kennett Meeting House
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 39°50′57″N 75°40′02″W / 39.84917°N 75.66722°W / 39.84917; -75.66722Coordinates: 39°50′57″N 75°40′02″W / 39.84917°N 75.66722°W / 39.84917; -75.66722
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.48 sq mi (40.10 km2)
 • Land15.34 sq mi (39.73 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
404 ft (123 m)
 • Total8,289
 • Density540/sq mi (210/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code610
FIPS code42-029-39344

Kennett Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was the birthplace of Louise Brewer Shepard, the wife of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. The population was 8,289 at the 2020 census.[2]


Chandler Mill Bridge, Joseph Gregg House, Hamorton Historic District, Harlan Log House, Old Kennett Meetinghouse, and the Wiley-Cloud House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.13%, is water. The northwest part of the township encircles the separate borough of Kennett Square, while the census-designated place of Hamorton is in the northeast part of the township.


Historical population
[4] 2020[2]

At the 2020 census, the township was 75.5% non-Hispanic White, 5.7% Black or African American, 0.0% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 2.2% were two or more races. 14.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[5]

As of the 2020 census[6] of 2020, there were 8,289 people, 3,308 households in the township. The population density was 493.2 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 88.1% White, 5.7% African American, 0.0% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.4% of the population.

The township is home to a large and rapidly growing Hispanic (primarily Mexican) community.[citation needed]

In the township the population was spread out, with 5.7% under the age of 5, 21.3% under the age of 18, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. 57.1% of the township population is female.[7]

The median income for a household in the township was $118,520, with 6.4% of the township persons in poverty.[8]

Current board of supervisors and township officials[edit]

  • Richard Leff, Chairman of the Board
  • Scudder Stevens, Vice Chair
  • Geoffrey Gamble, Esq, Member [9]
  • Eden Ratliff, Township Manager
  • Gretchen Porterfield, Executive Assistant[10]
  • Amy Heinrich, Township Treasurer[11]
  • Matthew Gordon, Chief of Police [12]

Township Embezzlement Charges[edit]

In April 2019, township manager, Lisa Moore, was fired after allegations of theft and embezzlement came to light. On October 4, 2021, Moore appeared in Chester County Common Pleas Court and admitted she stole $3.249 million from township residents. The township’s once-trusted employee admitted to all that she had violated the trust placed in her. Her judicial presumption of innocence was removed by her guilty plea to five criminal counts, theft by deception, dealing in unlawful proceeds, forgery, tampering with public records and access device fraud. Moore was ordered to repay the full $3.249 million she stole from the township. [13] In December 2021, the Township reported they had recovered $1.7 million, which includes a cash settlement of $1.27 million from Moore, $355,000 from the sale of Moore's house, and $83,000 that a recovery team located and seized from Moore's personal account. The Township is still looking to recover $1.5 million. [14]


US 1 northbound in Kennett Township

As of 2020, there were 72.85 miles (117.24 km) of public roads in Kennett Township, of which 17.04 miles (27.42 km) were maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and 55.81 miles (89.82 km) were maintained by the township.[15]

U.S. Route 1 is the most prominent highway serving Kennett Township. It follows the Kennett-Oxford Bypass and Baltimore Pike on a west-east alignment along the northern edge of the township. Pennsylvania Route 41 follows Gap Newport Pike along a northwest-southeast alignment across the southwestern corner of the township. Pennsylvania Route 52 follows Kennett Pike, Baltimore Pike and Lenape Road along a northwest-southeast alignment across the northeastern part of the township, including a short concurrency with US 1. Finally, Pennsylvania Route 82 follows Creek Road and Union Street along a northwest-southeast alignment through western portions of the township.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "QuickFacts: Kennett township, Chester County, Pennsylvania". Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "DVRPC > Site Search". Archived from the original on 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2022-05-16.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2022-05-16.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2022-05-16.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2022-05-16.
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  15. ^ "Kennett Township map" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved March 13, 2023.

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