Quemahoning Township, Pennsylvania

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Quemahoning Township is a township in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,180 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1775, Quemahoning Township was organized, by the Bedford County Court, out of part of Brothersvalley and Turkeyfoot townships. At that time, it included the northern portion of present-day Somerset County and part of what is now Cambria County. Its size was later reduced through the formation of new townships. When Somerset County was established in 1795 Quemahoning was one of the six original townships.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.74%) is water.

It is bordered on the west by Jenner Township, on the north by Conemaugh Township and Paint Township, on the east by Shade Township, and on the south by Stonycreek Township and Somerset Township. Quemahoning Township's eastern border is formed by the Stonycreek River and the north-western border by Quemahoning Creek, from which the township got its name. "Quemahoning" is an Indian word meaning "water issuing from a lick." (A lick is a place where salt is found on the surface of the earth and wild animals resort to licking it up; also a salt spring or brook.)

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,180 people, 827 households, and 627 families residing in the township. The population density was 61.3 people per square mile (23.7/km²). There were 897 housing units at an average density of 25.2/sq mi (9.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.54% White, 0.05% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

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