South Strabane Township, Pennsylvania

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South Strabane Township is a township in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,987 at the 2000 census. The township is named after the town of Strabane in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.1 square miles (59.9 km²), of which, 23.1 square miles (59.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,987 people, 3,320 households, and 2,227 families residing in the township. The population density was 345.7 people per square mile (133.5/km²). There were 3,444 housing units at an average density of 149.1/sq mi (57.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.35% White, 1.58% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 3,320 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,762, and the median income for a family was $54,729. Males had a median income of $41,684 versus $28,585 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,829. About 3.1% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Commercialization

South Strabane Township has undergone a rapid burst of commercial and residential development starting in 1998. In this year, two new shopping centers, Strabane Square and Trinity Point, were constructed. The shopping centers sit astride Interstates 70 and 79, as well as US Route 19 and State Route 136. The township's location at the juncture of these major arteries, in addition to US Route 40, has played no small part in its rapid commercial development. A third major commercial center, The Foundry, opened in spring 2007. The Foundry has since closed due to land subsidence and all major stores have moved out.

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