Lawrence Park, Pennsylvania

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Lawrence Park Township is the only first class township in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,048 at the 2000 Census, at which time it was also a census-designated place.

The township was established in 1910 as a company town for General Electric. It was named after The USS Lawrence, Flagship of Oliver Hazard Perry, and her namesake, James Lawrence, commander of the USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812.[1]



Lawrence Park Township is located at 42°9′5″N 80°1′11″W / 42.15139°N 80.01972°W / 42.15139; -80.01972 (42.151257, -80.019648).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,048 people, 1,547 households, and 1,124 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,176.8 people per square mile (840.3/km²). There were 1,626 housing units at an average density of 874.4/sq mi (337.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.67% White, 0.52% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 1,547 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.00.

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