Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania

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Ligonier Township is a township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Ligonier Township entirely surrounds, but does not include, Ligonier Borough, which is a separate municipality. The township's population was 6,973 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 92.1 square miles (238.6 km²), of which, 91.8 square miles (237.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

The township contains the following communities: Buttermilk Falls, Darlington, Hillsview, Laughlintown, Longbridge, McCance, Oak Grove, Shirley, Speedwell, Rector, Waterford, and Wilpen. The Borough of Ligonier is not part of Ligonier Township.


The township is classed as a township of the second class of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A three person board of supervisors, elected for a six year term, governs the township. Currently (as of January 2008) the board of supervisors is: Keith A. Whipkey, William C. Penrod, Jr. and Timothy Komar.

Public Services

The township directly employs a police force that, as of March 2008, includes three full-time officers and five part-time officers. The department employs a K-9 unit, a traffic recontructionist, and a commercial truck inspection team with certified weigh masters and portable scales. The department also has a certified D.A.R.E. officer. Patrol officers are responsible for patrolling the 92-square-mile (240 km2) township, which includes the villages of Waterford, Darlington, Wilpen and Laughlintown. The Ligonier Township Municipal Authority (whose board members are appointed by the supervisors) provides water and sewage service to township residents. Fire protection services are provided by a 100% totally volunteer force, from three of the township’s villages. The Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department #1 (in the village of Waterford). The Wilpen Volunteer Fire Department of Ligonier Township (in the village of Wilpen) and The Darlington Volunteer Fire Department (in the village Darlington).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,973 people, 2,914 households, and 2,089 families residing in the township. The population density was 75.9 people per square mile (29.3/km²). There were 3,556 housing units at an average density of 38.7/sq mi (14.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.21% White, 0.13% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

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