College Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania

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College Township,
Centre County,
Pennsylvania
Township
Mount Nittany and College Township as viewed from the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State
Mount Nittany and College Township as viewed from the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State
Motto: "Gateway to the Centre Region"[1]
Map of Centre County, Pennsylvania highlighting College Township
Map of Centre County, Pennsylvania highlighting College Township
Map of Centre County, Pennsylvania
Map of Centre County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Centre
Settled 1800
Incorporated 1857
Area
 • Total 18.3 sq mi (47.4 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,521
 • Density 520.3/sq mi (200.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website College Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania

College Township is a township in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,521 at the 2010 census, which was a 12.2% increase from the 2000 census.[2] College Township was formed on November 25, 1875 from Howard Township.

College Township is served by the State College Area School District for k-12 education and the Alpha Fire Company for fire protection. The Alpha Fire Company maintains of 1 of its 2 substations in the College Township Municipal Building.

Pennsylvania State University is partially in College Township.[3][4]

History[edit]

Two major Native American archaeological sites are located in College Township. Known as the Tudek and Houserville Sites, they were used during the Archaic period for the quarrying and reduction of stone tools made of jasper. Both sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.3 square miles (47 km2), all of it land. Mount Nittany is a prominent and well known feature in the township.

College Township is bordered by Benner Township to the north, Harris Township to the south and east, State College to the south and west and Patton Township to the northwest.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 8,489 people, 3,069 households, and 2,050 families residing in the township. The population density was 463.6 people per square mile (179.0/km²). There were 3,213 housing units at an average density of 175.5/sq mi (67.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.24% White, 1.64% African American, 0.05% Native American, 2.69% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 3,069 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 16.7% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,895, and the median income for a family was $65,649. Males had a median income of $42,617 versus $30,633 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,163. About 3.9% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Federally, College Township is part of Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district, represented by Republican Glenn "G.T." Thompson, elected in 2008.

The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Democrat Bob Casey, elected in 2006. The state's junior member of the United States Senate is Republican Pat Toomey, elected in 2010. The Governor of Pennsylvania is Republican Tom Corbett, elected in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania". College Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Census 2010: Pennsylvania. Usatoday.Com. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  3. ^ "State College borough, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "College township, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Christopher M., and Conran Hay. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Houserville Site (36CE65). National Park Service, 1980-10-15.
  6. ^ Stevenson, Christopher M., and Conran Hay. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Tudek Site. National Park Service, 1980-10-10.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°49′00″N 77°52′34″W / 40.81667°N 77.87611°W / 40.81667; -77.87611