Summit Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania

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Summit Township is a township in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,529 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.9 square miles (61.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,529 people, 2,110 households, and 1,531 families residing in the township. The population density was 231.6 people per square mile (89.4/km²). There were 2,212 housing units at an average density of 92.6/sq mi (35.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.25% White, 0.56% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 2,110 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,688, and the median income for a family was $45,048. Males had a median income of $40,059 versus $22,057 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,782. About 4.7% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Urban Sprawl

Summit Township has reaped the benefits of urban sprawl as much of Erie's commercial development has occurred along Peach Street. Summit Township is also home to Presque Isle Downs and Casino, a racino owned by the MTR Gaming Group.


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