South Centre Township, Pennsylvania

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South Centre Township is a township in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,972 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15.0 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (8.12%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,972 people, 822 households, and 571 families residing in the township. The population density was 370.7 people per square mile (143.1/km²). There were 865 housing units at an average density of 162.6/sq mi (62.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.99% White, 0.15% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 822 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,764, and the median income for a family was $40,395. Males had a median income of $27,875 versus $21,507 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,600. About 6.2% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.


The area's local school district is the Central Columbia School District. It serves about 2,100 students and features three academic buildings and one administration building. Students are divided into the Elementary School (grades K through 4), Middle School (grades 5 through 8) and the High School (grades 9 through 12).

According to the 2003 data collected by Standard & Poor's, 18.4% of students are economically disadvantaged, 13.1% receive special education services and 71.1% of students pass the state-mandated testing. The district spends about $6,999 per student.[2]

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