Lynn Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Lynn Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. The largest township by area in Lehigh County, it is the most rural and least densely populated township in the county. The population of Lynn Township was 3,849 at the 2000 census.
Lynn Township is the largest Township in Lehigh County. Located in the northwestern corner of the county, with its neighbors Heidelberg Township to the East, Weisenberg Township to the South, Albany Township, Berks County to the West and West Penn Township, Schulylkill County to the North. The Township has 41.3 square miles of mountains and rolling hills and beautiful countryside.
Lynn Township was established in 1732, a part of what was known as the Allemängel (or Allemaengel). Its settlers early were predominantly German and Swiss. The Kistler Valley area of Lynn Township is named after Johaness Jeorg Kistler who came to the United States in 1737 from Palatinate Germany.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 41.7 square miles (107.9 km²), of which, 41.4 square miles (107.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.50%) is water. It is in the Delaware watershed and drained by the Ontelaunee Creek and Maiden Creek into the Schuylkill River, except for the area near the boundary with Weisenberg Township that is drained by the Switzer Creek via the Jordan Creek into the Lehigh River.
Blue Mountain separates it from Schuylkill County in the north. Its villages include Jacksonville, Lochland (also in Heidelberg Township,) Lynnville, Lynnport, New Tripoli (pronounced nu trih-PO-lee) Stines Corners (also in Weisenberg,) and Wanamakers.
The first English school was established in 1812, other schools connected with the congregations existed earlier. The free school system was adopted in 1838. Ebenezer church, at New Tripoli, was erected in 1761; Jacob’s church, at Jacksonville, was built in 1750; St. Peter’s church, south of Lynnville, was built in 1857.
The homestead of Frederick Leaser, who took part in the removal of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown with his wagon, is located on Leaser Road, Kempton, PA. A monument in Mr. Leaser’s honor is located at Leaser Lake.
The Kistler Valley
The Kistler Valley, part of Lynn Township, traces it roots to the birth of America, back to the immigration of Johaness (John) Jeorg (George) Kistler who came to America in 1737, immigrating through Amsterdam from Palatinate Germany. A monument to the Kistler family exists along the Kistler Valley Road, of whom the valley is named. The monument is located near the intersection of Kistler Valley and Hummingbird Roads. A picture of the monument follows as well.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 3,849 people, 1,397 households, and 1,071 families residing in the township. The population density was 92.9 people per square mile (35.9/km²). There were 1,453 housing units at an average density of 35.1/sq mi (13.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.08% White, 0.23% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.
There were 1,397 households, out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the township the population was spread out, with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $53,883, and the median income for a family was $61,520. Males had a median income of $38,510 versus $29,866 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,688. About 2.1% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.