Snake Spring Township, Pennsylvania

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Snake Spring Township is a township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,482 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 25.8 square miles (66.7 km²), all of it land.

Geology

Snake Spring valley is an anticlinal valley, with Evitts Mountain and Tussey Mountain forming the limbs. The Silurian Tuscarora Formation, a hard sandstone, outcrops at the crests of the ridges and is stratigraphically higher and thus younger than the rest of the bedrock in the valley. The low knobs or "benches" on the northwest side of Tussey Mountain and the southeast side of Evitts Mountain are formed by the Ordovician Bald Eagle Formation, another sandstone, that is stratigraphically below the Tuscarora. The two mountains nearly converge at the north end of the township. The rock formations in the valley range from Ordovician shales and limestones to the Cambrian Warrior Formation, another sandstone. The limestones can form sinkholes.[1]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,482 people, 552 households, and 432 families residing in the township. The population density was 57.5 people per square mile (22.2/km²). There were 652 housing units at an average density of 25.3/sq mi (9.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.11% White, 0.20% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.20% of the population.

There were 552 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.82.

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