Richland Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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Richland Township is a township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 12,598 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

It is approximately at 40.30°N by 78.86°W, about 27 miles WSW of Altoona. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.0 square miles (51.8 km²), of which, 20.0 square miles (51.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

While Richland Township is a suburb of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, it serves as the central retail area for Johnstown and its two-county SMSA region. It is the location of The Johnstown Galleria which is the largest mall in the area.

Education

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (called UPJ) is located in Richland Township. UPJ is a four-year, degree-granting constituent college of the University of Pittsburgh and has an enrollment of approximately 2500 full-time undergraduates. UPJ was founded in 1927, as the first regional campus of a major university in the United States (it pre-dates the University of California at Los Angeles by a few months). It relocated to its Richland Township campus in 1970.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is located at 101 Community College Way in Richland Township. Pennsylvania Highlands offers 30-plus academic degree programs in numerous fields including business, education, human services, liberal arts, science and technology. Pennsylvania Highlands also offers a wide variety of community and workforce education courses.

Richland also has one school district, including Richland Senior High School. In 2007 a new high school was built to house grades 7-12.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,598 people, 4,741 households, and 3,133 families residing in the township. The population density was 631.2 people per square mile (243.7/km²). There were 4,994 housing units at an average density of 250.2/sq mi (96.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.13% White, 0.78% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

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