Bushkill Township has been in existence since 1763 and was incorporated in August 1813. It was once part of Plainfield Township. It is located in the North Central part of Northampton County, bordered by Ross, Plainfield, Upper Nazareth, and Moore Townships, encompassing 25.8 square miles. The Bushkill Creek is our main tributary, with Monocacy Creek Watershed in the south-western corner.
The first inhabitant were the Delaware Indians, followed by the early settlers who were mostly German farmers. their special love for the soil produced many fine farms, and even now it remains quite rural. Our little villages of Jacobsburg, Cherry hill, Clearfield and Bushkill Center are still serving the public needs. Our present populations is estimated to be over 6500.
The primary linkage between Bushkill Township and the Lehigh Valley is via Route 512 and 33. Bushkill Township is only 25 minutes from the cities of Easton, Bethlehem, and Allentown, making it an ideal location to live.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,982 people, 2,333 households, and 2,011 families residing in the township. The population density was 106.6/km² (276.1/mi²). There were 2,406 housing units at an average density of 36.7/km² (95.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.27% White, 0.19% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.
There were 2,333 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.8% were non-families. 11.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $63,966, and the median income for a family was $67,649. Males had a median income of $42,097 versus $30,275 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,569. About 1.9% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Township is served by the Nazareth Area School District.