Ridgebury Township, Pennsylvania

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Ridgebury Township is a township in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,982 at the 2000 census.

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History

The first settlers to Ridgebury Township were two families from Orange County New York, who arrived in 1805. Ridgebury Township was established in 1818 from Athens and Wells Townships. The name of the township came from Samuel Bennett, who named his farm "Ridgeberry" due to the berries that grew abundantly on the hillside.[1][2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 38.4 square miles (99.5 km²), of which, 38.3 square miles (99.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.26%) is water.

Ridgebury Township is bordered by New York to the north, Athens Township to the east, Smithfield and Springfield Townships to the south and South Creek Township to the west.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,982 people, 759 households, and 569 families residing in the township. The population density was 51.8 people per square mile (20.0/km²). There were 954 housing units at an average density of 24.9/sq mi (9.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.13% White, 0.55% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.20% of the population.

There were 759 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.96.

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