West Chillisquaque Township, Pennsylvania

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West Chillisquaque Township is a township in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,846 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 13.9 square miles (35.9 km²), of which, 12.9 square miles (33.5 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (6.64%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,846 people, 1,211 households, and 830 families residing in the township. The population density was 220.1 people per square mile (85.0/km²). There were 1,284 housing units at an average density of 99.3/sq mi (38.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.28% White, 0.56% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 1,211 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $35,104, and the median income for a family was $40,700. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $20,977 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,290. About 6.2% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


The local public school system is the Milton Area School District. It serves just over 2000 students. Enrollment is projected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to decline significantly over the next ten years. In 2005, Standard & Poors reported the district's student teacher ratio was 13.9 to 1.[2]

Milton High School has an 89.9% graduation rate according to the district report card 2005-2006. In 11th grade, 49.4% were proficient in math. For reading 63.2% were proficient in 2005-2006. The high school is ranked 374th out of 606 public high schools in Pennsylvania.

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