Franklin Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

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Franklin Township is a township in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,243 at the 2000 census. A portion of Beltzville State Park a Pennsylvania state park is in Franklin Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.1 square miles (39.1 km²), of which, 14.6 square miles (37.7 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (3.58%) is water. It is drained by the Lehigh River on its western boundary and Pohopoco Mountain forms its northern natural boundary. Its villages include Beltzville, East Weissport, Harrity, Long Run, North Weissport, and Walcksville. Franklin Township hosts the Mahoning Valley Interchange of Interstate 476 with U.S. Route 209. Highway 248 connects 209 in Weissport with the Lehigh Valley via Lehigh Gap.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,243 people, 1,671 households, and 1,256 families residing in the township. The population density was 291.4 people per square mile (112.5/km²). There were 1,819 housing units at an average density of 124.9/sq mi (48.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.87% White, 0.07% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 1,671 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $43,106, and the median income for a family was $50,323. Males had a median income of $34,801 versus $24,429 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,166. About 2.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


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