Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Warminster Township
Coat of arms
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Elevation 312 ft (95.1 m)
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Area 10.2 sq mi (26.4 km2)
 - land 10.2 sq mi (26 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 32,682 (2010)
Density 3,061.0 / sq mi (1,181.9 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18974
Area code 215, 267
Location of Warminster Township in Bucks County
Location of Warminster Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.warminstertownship.org

Warminster Township (aka Warminster) is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States and was formally established in 1711. It is 3.7 miles northwest of Philadelphia and had a population of 32,682 according to the 2010 U.S. census.[1]


The town was called Warminster Township as early as 1685, before its borders were formally established in 1711. It was originally part of Southampton Township, which was founded in 1682 by William Penn.[2] Warminster was named after a small town in the county of Wiltshire, at the western extremity of Salisbury Plain, England.[3] Warminster, Pennsylvania was mostly settled by English and Scotch-Irish after William Penn received a grant of land in the area from King Charles, II.[2]

Warminster began as a small farming community and remained that way throughout most of its history. As recently as 1955, the township had no residential subdivisions and only one housing complex, Lacey Park on Street Road, the site where the Battle of Crooked Billet occurred during the Revolutionary War that resulted in a resounding defeat for George Washington's troops.[2]

Warminster's Craven Hall is included in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Warminster's most significant historical figure was William Tennent, an outspoken religious leader and educator.[2]

Warminster's Naval Air Warfare Center, previously called the Johnsville Naval Air Development Center and then the Naval Air Development Center, operated from World War II until it closed in 1996. Its site was acquired by the U.S. Navy from the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in 1943. The Center initially served as a weapons development and airplane testing facility. It then became a training center for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. The facility developed a prototype "black box," best known as the indestructible recorder of cockpit conversations and information in the event of a crash.[4][5]


Warminster Township is 3.7 miles northwest of Philadelphia at their closest points[6][7] and has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²), all of it land. Warminster is drained by the Delaware River tributaries of the Neshaminy Creek and the Pennypack Creek.[citation needed] Its villages include Breadysville (also in Warwick Township,) Casey Highlands, Hartsville (also in Warwick Township,) Johnsville, Rosewood Park, Warminster, and Warminster Heights.[citation needed]

Neighboring municipalities


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,452
1940 1,977 36.2%
1950 7,127 260.5%
1960 15,994 124.4%
1970 34,900 118.2%
1980 35,463 1.6%
1990 32,832 −7.4%
2000 31,383 −4.4%
2010 32,682 4.1%

As of the 2000 U.S. census:[9]

Warminster Township's residents were 86.0% non-Hispanic white, 7.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.1% black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 1.8% were two or more races.

The population density was 3,061.0 people per square mile (1,182.2/km²). There were 11,644 housing units at an average density of 1,135.7/sq mi (438.6/km²).

There were 11,350 households, out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.16.

Of all township residents, 24.5% were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median household income was $54,375, while the median family income was $60,907. Males had a median income of $41,033 versus $30,302 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,285. About 4.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

The census figures were updated in 2010.[1]


Warminster Township is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, currently:

  • Mark E. McKee (R) Chairman
  • Jason T. Croley (R), Vice-Chairman
  • Daniel J. McPhillips (R), Secretary
  • Brian R. Munroe (D), Treasurer
  • Katherine L. Frescatore (D) Asst Treasurer

Major Corporations

Emergency services

  • Warminster Fire Department (Stations 90, 91, and 92), [1] one of the busiest in Bucks County with approximately 700 calls each year
  • Warminster Police Department (74PD)
  • Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps (Squad 122), the Emergency Medical Services provider for Warminster, responded to 2938 calls in 2005
  • Hartsville Fire Company (Station 93) [2] - which also covers part of Warwick Township


Kindergarten through grade 12

Warminster Community Park is located on part of the former site of Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster. Part of the former runway contains basketball courts and a playground.

Public schools (part of the Centennial School District):[10]

Parochial schools:[10]

Private Schools:


  • Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory[13]

Parks and recreation centers

Warminster Township's Recreation Services Division provides many events and community services, including overseeing and maintaining 420 acres of recreation areas within 13 parks. Warminster Community Park is the largest at 240 acres, with over five miles of trails. Small neighborhood parks make up the bulk of the others. Sports teams, including soccer, football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, and softball, are provided by various adult and youth sports organizations throughout their respective seasons.[14] The township is also home to the best-reviewed public golf course in Bucks County.[15]

Public transportation


Warminster has a total crime rate lower than 53% of all U.S. cities, and a violent crime rate 4.13 times lower than the national average.[20]

Notable people

Police Misconduct

Warminster has a history of police corruption and brutality, particularly among its chiefs, three of whom have been fired for and/or convicted of wrongdoing:

  • Chief Elmer Clawges was convicted on December 10, 1997 of assaulting his wife. Clawges had also been accused by 12 women of sexual wrongdoing while on duty, including having sex with girls as young as 13 and sexually harassing women.[21]
  • Chief James M. Gorczynski pleaded guilty on April 5, 2005 to stealing over $130,000 belonging to the township.[21]
  • Chief Rowan P. Kelly, Jr. was fired for allegedly drinking on duty, assaulting citizens, and sexually harassing women.[21]
  • Officer John Powell was convicted on April 6, 2005 of attempted sex crimes against a minor.[22] Powell was sentenced to up to eight years in prison.[23]
  • Officer Michael Schmalz was fired and arrested in 2013 for allegedly assaulting a prisoner and tampering with records. The assault incident was caught on video. Schmalz was acquitted of the criminal charges.[24][25][26]


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