Shohola Township, Pennsylvania

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Shohola Township is a township in Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,088 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 45.9 square miles (118.8 km²), of which, 44.6 square miles (115.6 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it (2.70%) is water.


Shohola, the Lenni Lenape native American word for "Place of Peace", shares the name of a Township, Creek , and Village on the Delaware River. The name is also used to identify a Waterfall, Lake, a railroad depot and stone arch viaduct, a sawmill, hotel and store, a three span steel arch truss bridge, and the first suspension bridge to cross the Delaware River. Shohola also identifies an elementary school, post office and summer camp , as well as a railroad caboose, Fire and Rescue Department, and one of the most tragic railroad accidents in history. Finally, it names a large flat mystical bluestone and one of the first summer resorts or amusement parks in the United States and its grand Switchback Gravity Railroad , the Shohola Glen Amusement Park, "The Queen of Summer Resorts."


As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 2,088 people, 836 households, and 585 families residing in the township. The population density is 46.8 people per square mile (18.1/km²). There are 3,089 housing units at an average density of 69.2/sq mi (26.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township is 97.99% White, 0.14% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.86% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 3.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 836 households out of which 30.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% are married couples living together, 6.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% are non-families. 26.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.98.

In the township the population is spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.0 males.

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