Fell Township, Pennsylvania

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Fell Township is a township in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,331 at the 2000 census.


Pattern of Settlement

Fell Township's principal settlement is Simpson, which currently is home to 1,120 people, mostly middle age and elderly. Although not usually considered by the locals, the upper part of Carbondale's West Side is actually the southwestern corner of the township. This area is home a few hundred people, and is geographically separate from other settlement in Fell Township. The other two settlements in Fell Township are the middle and upper class housing community of Crystal Lake, and Richmondale, which borders the nearby borough of Vandling to the north. Richmondale is currently home to 190 people. The original house in Simpson was the Morss Mansion on Lord Avenue, built in 1887. The house inspired Hank Williams' song "Mansion on the Hill". By 1974, the mansion was empty, and title of it and the surrounding property fell in the hands of the local volunteer fire company. Due to lack of maintenance, the mansion was in disrepair by the 1990s, and despite public outcry, the mansion was tragically torn down in the summer of 1998. The land is currently vacant except for a small fire station.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.4 square miles (39.8 km²), of which, 15.3 square miles (39.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.52%) is water. Fell township also features the Lackawanna River, Panther's Creek, and many abandoned pits from strip mining.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,331 people, 934 households, and 617 families residing in the township. The population density was 152.5 people per square mile (58.9/km²). There were 1,031 housing units at an average density of 67.5/sq mi (26.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.37% White, 0.34% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 934 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the township the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

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