White Deer Township, Pennsylvania

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White Deer Township is a township in Union County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,273 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 46.6 square miles (120.7 km²), of which, 46.5 square miles (120.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

White Deer Township is bordered by Lycoming County and Gregg Township to the north, the West Branch Susquehanna River to the east over which lies Northumberland County, Kelly and Buffalo Townships to the south and West Buffalo Township to the west. Within White Deer Township are the unincorporated communities of White Deer and New Columbia, plus a portion of West Milton.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,273 people, 1,644 households, and 1,269 families residing in the township. The population density was 91.9 people per square mile (35.5/km²). There were 1,734 housing units at an average density of 37.3/sq mi (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.15% White, 0.61% African American, 0.21% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 1,644 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% 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 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,994, and the median income for a family was $46,417. Males had a median income of $32,222 versus $21,219 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,486. About 4.7% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

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