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A Historic Understanding of Upper Chichester, PA

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This article is sponsored by the dog bite lawyers in Upper Chichester, PA, at Justice Guardians, who would like to share some insight into the area’s history.

Upper Chichester Township is a civil township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The area spans 6.7 square miles and holds an approximate population of 16,738 with a population density of 2,540.67/square miles. A few communities within Upper Chichester Township are Boothwyn, Ogden, and Twin Oaks.


The earliest occupants of Upper Chichester were the Lenni Lenape Indians. They built villages within the area centered on fishing, hunting cycles, and some farming.

In 1643, The Upper Chichester area was claimed by New Sweden and then later claimed by the  Dutch in 1654. Both nations were primarily interested in trading with the Lenni Lenape Indians. By 1681, the first European settlers found Upper Chichester under the Penn's Grant of land to William Penn from King Charles II. The first purchasers under Penn's authority were fourteen English and Welshmen. The Upper Chichester Township is named after the town Chichester in West Sussex, England, from which many of its settlers came from.

In the 1600s, the Upper Chichester Township was called "Chichester Liberty," which is considered one of the first settlements within Pennsylvania.

The division between Upper and Lower Chichester made in 1700 was to facilitate public business. In 1753, an effort was made to have the division officially recognized. The movement was met by strong opposition from landowners in Lower Chichester, and the matter was carried along for six years. Yet, throughout such period, the reasoning justifying the separation’s official recognition became apparent to all. By August 1759, a petition to formally separate the two townships was presented and passed.

The separation served Upper Chichester well, and it became a first-class township on December 30, 1941.


Upper Chichester belongs to the Chichester School District (CSD). The entire district encompasses approximately 10 square miles and covers the Boroughs of Marcus Hook, Trainer, Lower Chichester Township, and Upper Chichester Township in Delaware County. The school district serves a resident population of 24,648 and employs approximately 302 teachers, 239 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 27 administrators.

There is currently only one high school within the district, known as Chichester High School, and one middle school, known as Chichester Middle School. There are, however, four public elementary schools serving the area. The elementary schools are Boothwyn Elementary, Hilltop Elementary, Linwood Elementary, Marcus Hook Elementary, and Marcus Hook Elementary.

The Chichester school district is a highly funded district that received more than $16.2 million in state funding in 2007–08. The school district is known for its quality education, a healthy budget and delighted residents. The school district continues to prove successful as Chichester High ranked #2 in Most Diverse Public Highs Schools in Delaware County, #12 in Best Public High School Teachers in Delaware County, and #24 in Best High Schools for Athletes in Delaware County.


According to the U.S. Census of 2010, the racial makeup of the Upper Chichester township was 84.0% White, 10.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

The median income for a household in the township is $53,962, and the median income for a family is $63,125USD. Males of Upper Chichester have a median income of $43,159USD versus $31,349USD for females. Approximately 4.2% of families and 5.5% of the population are below the poverty line.

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Date Published: May 24, 2021
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