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Hopewell Township is a township in Beaver Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 13,254 at the 2000 census.

One-time National Football League player and Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett played football for the Hopewell Vikings, setting several records during his high school career, then moving to the Pitt Panthers, and the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos of the NFL, setting even more records and ensuring his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Famemarker.

In 2002, the Hopewell High Schoolmarker's football team, the Vikings, won the state championship.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44.3 km²), of which, 16.9 square miles (43.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,254 people, 5,446 households, and 3,926 families residing in the township. The population density was 783.7 people per square mile (302.6/km²). There were 5,636 housing units at an average density of 333.2/sq mi (128.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.81% White, 7.34% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 512,446 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the township, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,065, and the median income for a family was $52,521. Males had a median income of $38,380 versus $25,851 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,802. About 4.6% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

USAir Flight 427

On September 8, 1994, USAir Flight 427 crashed in Hopewell Township, near the city of Aliquippamarker, as it was preparing to land at Pittsburgh International Airportmarker, killing all 127 passengers and 5 crew members on board. The cause was traced to the Boeing 737 rudder system.

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