Patton Township, Pennsylvania

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Patton Township is a township in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 11,420 at the 2000 census. Patton Township was established in 1794 and named after Colonel John Patton, who co-owned the Centre Furnace, along with Colonel Samuel Miles.

Patton Township is served by the Patton Township Police Department and Alpha Fire Company. Alpha Fire Company maintains one of its two substations in Patton Township.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.8 square miles (64.3 km²), of which, 24.8 square miles (64.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.08%) is water.

Patton Township is bordered by Huston Township to the northwest, Benner Township to the northeast, College and Ferguson Townships to the southeast and Halfmoon Township to the southwest.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,420 people, 4,791 households, and 2,472 families residing in the township. The population density was 460.1 people per square mile (177.7/km²). There were 4,974 housing units at an average density of 200.4/sq mi (77.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.24% White, 3.55% African American, 0.13% Native American, 4.48% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

There were 4,791 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.4% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

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