Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania

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Penn Forest Township is a township in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,439 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 75.4 square miles (195.2 km²), of which, 74.2 square miles (192.2 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (1.57%) is water. It is drained by the Lehigh River, which meanders along Penn Forest's western border through the Lehigh Gorge. Its villages include Albrightsville (also in Kidder Township,) Christmans, Christmansville, and Meckesville.

The township's numbered routes include Route 903, which crosses it NE-to-SW, and Route 534, which crosses in the east and intersects 903 in Albrightsville. Other important roads include Hatchery Road, Maury Road, and Schock Mill Road. Interstate 476 crosses Penn Forest north-to-south with indirect access from the Mahoning Valley and Pocono interchanges. A new E-ZPass interchange with 903 just north of the Hickory Run Service Plaza is under construction by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. [1]

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As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,439 people, 2,046 households, and 1,565 families residing in the township. The population density was 73.3 people per square mile (28.3/km²). There were 4,806 housing units at an average density of 64.8/sq mi (25.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.48% White, 3.36% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.39% of the population.

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