College Township, Pennsylvania

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College Township is a township in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,489 at the 2000 census. College Township was formed on November 25, 1875 from Howard Township.

College Township is served by the State College Area School District for k-12 education and the Alpha Fire Company for fire protection. The Alpha Fire Company maintains of 1 of its 2 substations in the College Township Municipal Building.

Pennsylvania State University is partially in College Township.[1][2]



Two Native American archaeological sites are located in College Township. Known as the Tudek and Houserville Sites, they were used during the Archaic period for the quarrying and reduction of stone tools made of jasper. Both sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.3 square miles (47.4 km²), all of it land. Mount Nittany is a prominent and well known feature in the township.

College Township is bordered by Benner Township to the north, Harris Township to the south and east, State College to the south and west and Patton Township to the northwest.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 8,489 people, 3,069 households, and 2,050 families residing in the township. The population density was 463.6 people per square mile (179.0/km²). There were 3,213 housing units at an average density of 175.5/sq mi (67.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.24% White, 1.64% African American, 0.05% Native American, 2.69% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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