West Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 39°53′46″N 75°58′12″W / 39.89611°N 75.97000°W / 39.89611; -75.97000
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West Fallowfield Township
Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge
Location in Chester County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Chester County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 39°53′46″N 75°58′12″W / 39.89611°N 75.97000°W / 39.89611; -75.97000
CountryUnited States
 • Total18.25 sq mi (47.27 km2)
 • Land18.15 sq mi (47.01 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
463 ft (141 m)
 • Total2,566
 • Estimate 
 • Density142.60/sq mi (55.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code610
FIPS code42-029-82936

West Fallowfield Township is a township that is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,566 at the time of the 2010 census.

This American township includes the unincorporated village of Cochranville.


The Bridge in West Fallowfield Township, Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge, and Joseph and Esther Phillips Plantation are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.1 square miles (47 km2), all land.


Historical population

As of the 2010 census, the township was 89.7% non-Hispanic White, 1.5% Black or African American, 0.9% Asian, and 1.6% were two or more races. 6.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[5]

At the time of the 2000 census there were 2,485 people, 829 households, and 674 families living in the township.

The population density was 137.5 inhabitants per square mile (53.1/km2). There were 858 housing units at an average density of 47.5 per square mile (18.3/km2).

The racial makeup of the township was 96.54% White, 0.93% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 1.09% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.29%.[6]

There were 829 households; of those, 39.3% had children who were under the age of eighteen living with them, 70.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. Of all of those households that were documented, 15.4% were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had one person living alone who was aged sixty-five or older.

The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.32.

The age distribution was 30.3% of residents who were under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years.

For every one hundred females, there were 101.1 males. For every one hundred females who were aged eighteen or older, there were 97.5 males.

The median household income was $50,833 and the median family income was $54,940. Males had a median income of $40,566 compared with that of $24,674 for females.

The per capita income for the township was $19,853.

Approximately 11.3% of families and 14.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those who were under the age of eighteen and 12.6% of those who were aged sixty-five or older.


PA 10 northbound in West Fallowfield Township

As of 2020, there were 56.46 miles (90.86 km) of public roads in West Fallowfield Township, of which 8.32 miles (13.39 km) were maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and 48.14 miles (77.47 km) were maintained by the township.[7]

Pennsylvania Route 10 and Pennsylvania Route 41 are the numbered roads serving West Fallowfield Township. PA 10 follows Limestone Road along a north-south alignment across the southeastern corner of the township. PA 41 follows Gap Newport Pike along a northwest-southeast alignment across the northern and eastern parts of the township.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "Census 2020".
  5. ^ "Census 2010: Philadelphia gains, Pittsburgh shrinks in population". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2011-03-14.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "West Fallowfield Township map" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  8. ^ Cope, Gilbert; Ashmead, Henry Graham, eds. (1904). Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania. Vol. 1. The Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 335–337. Retrieved 2023-12-04 – via Archive.org.Open access icon