Towanda, Pennsylvania

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Towanda is a borough in and the county seat of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States,[1] 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Wilkes Barre, on the Susquehanna River. The name means "burial ground" in the Algonquian language.[2] Settled in 1784 and incorporated in 1828, Towanda was once known primarily for its industrial interests, which included flour, planing and silk mills, a foundry and machine shop, dye works, and manufactories of talking machines, cut glass, toys and furniture. The population in 1900 was 4,663 and, in 1910, 4,281. The population was 3,024 at the 2000 census.



Towanda is located at 41°46′13″N 76°26′48″W / 41.77028°N 76.44667°W / 41.77028; -76.44667 (41.770251, -76.446545)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²).


As of the 2000 census[4], there were 3,024 people, 1,279 households and 795 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,674.2 per square mile (1,033.3/km²). There were 1,459 housing units at an average density of 1,290.2/sq mi (498.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.36% White, 0.86% African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 1,279 households of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.

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