The railroad reached the township in 1855, The communities are unofficial, unincorporated subdivisions of the township, corresponding roughly to voting districts and elementary school placement.Their primary importance, aside from community identity, is the postal system (e.g., to send a letter to someone living in the Glenside community, you would address the letter to Glenside, Pennsylvania rather than Abington Township, Pennsylvania).Additionally, some portions of some of these subdivisions, including Glenside, Huntingdon Valley, North Hills, Willow Grove, and Elkins Park, are actually in neighboring townships.Local civic associations include Crestmont Civic Association, Glenside Gardens Civic Association, Hollywood Civic Association, Lower Huntingdon Valley Civic Association, Mc Kinley Civic Association, Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association and Tall Trees Association.In the township the population was spread out, with 22% under the age of 18, 9% from 18 to 24, 25% from 25 to 44, 29% from 45 to 64, and 16% who were 65 years of age or older. The per capita income for the township was ,737.About 2% of families and 3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1% of those under age 18 and 5% of those age 65 or over. Rather it is governed by a Board of Commissioners, who are elected one from each of the township's fifteen wards.In a grainy, minute-long video posted online by Lansdale police, the man is seen crossing North Broad Street and Seventh Street.
Abington Township is one of Montgomery County's oldest communities, dating back to before 1700 and being incorporated in 1704.
The town's name is likely taken from parishes in England formed over 900 years ago in Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire.
Some institutions have been in Abington for most of its existence.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Traffic Calming Handbook recommends the formation of a Local Traffic Advisory Committee to work with officials to identify ways to improve safety of the community.
As of the 2010 census, the township was 79.7% White, 12.4% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.9% Asian, and 2.1% were two or more races. Census Bureau estimated there were 55,234 people, 21,252 occupied households, and 14,819 families residing in the township.