Susquehanna Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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Susquehanna Township is a township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,198 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Susquehanna Township was incorporated on January 6, 1825, being formed from Allegheny and Cambria Townships. In addition to agriculture, the ready local supply of lumber attracted people to the area in the early 19th Century. Much of this was transported down the West Branch Susquehanna River to lumber towns such as Williamsport. In the late 19th Century, the arrival of the railroad opened up the area to coal mining. The subsequent mining boom created many jobs, attracting a large number of people to settle in the area of Susquehanna Township, many of whom remained with their families after the boom had ended.

Geography

The area is located at the head of the Susquehanna River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 27.7 square miles (71.7 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,198 people, 829 households, and 615 families residing in the township. The population density was 79.4 people per square mile (30.7/km²). There were 898 housing units at an average density of 32.4/sq mi (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.59% White, 0.05% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 829 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $26,983, and the median income for a family was $35,099. Males had a median income of $30,026 versus $19,861 for females. The per capita income for the township was $12,878. About 7.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

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