Fairview Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania

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Fairview Township is a township in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,140 at the 2000 census.



Fairview Township was settled in 1797. Fairview is one of the original 16 townships in Erie County. The name was derived from the exclamation of businessman Colonel Thomas Forster in 1797, who declared as he looked out over the land he had purchased at the mouth of Walnut Creek: "This is the fairest view I have seen yet."[citation needed]

Early in the 19th century stagecoaches traveled through Fairview. In 1844 the Erie Extension Canal began operating. By 1961, Interstate 90 and a local interchange were constructed in the township.

In 1998 Fairview Township annexed Fairview Borough.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.2 square miles (75.7 km²), of which, 29.2 square miles (75.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.14%) is water. Fairview Township is bounded to the North by Lake Erie, to the West by Girard Township, to the South by Franklin Township, to the Southeast by McKean Township and to the Northeast by Millcreek Township.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 10,140 people, 3,535 households, and 2,831 families residing in the township. The population density was 347.7 people per square mile (134.3/km²). There were 3,711 housing units at an average density of 127.3/sq mi (49.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.16% White, 0.53% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 3,535 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.05.

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