Dallas Township, Pennsylvania

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Dallas Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,179 at the 2000 census. The township was formed in 1817 from territory taken from Kingston Township[1], and it was named for Alexander J. Dallas, who was the 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury and also the father of George M. Dallas, the vice president of James Polk.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.9 square miles (49.0 km²), of which, 18.7 square miles (48.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.06%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,179 people, 2,917 households, and 2,047 families residing in the township. The population density was 436.7 people per square mile (168.6/km²). There were 3,125 housing units at an average density of 166.9/sq mi (64.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.45% White, 0.21% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 2,917 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $52,932, and the median income for a family was $60,485. Males had a median income of $45,198 versus $27,267 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,501. About 2.6% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

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