Frankstown Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania

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Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania
Township
Canoe Lake at Canoe Creek State Park
Canoe Lake at Canoe Creek State Park
Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania highlighting Frankstown Township
Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania highlighting Frankstown Township
Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania
Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Blair
Settled 1758
Incorporated 1787
Government
 • Type Board of Supervisors
 • Chairman of the Board James Grove
 • Vice chairman George Henry
 • Supervisor Kenny Wertz
Area
 • Total 49.3 sq mi (127.6 km2)
 • Land 48.8 sq mi (126.5 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,381
 • Density 151/sq mi (58.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 814
Website www.blairco.org/FrankstownTwp

Frankstown Township is a township in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Altoona Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,381 at the 2010 census.[1] On March 15, 1874, Harold L. Ickes was born in Frankstown Township.

Geography[edit]

Frankstown Township occupies the center of Blair County. It is bordered by the borough of Hollidaysburg and Allegheny Township to the west, Logan Township and Tyrone Township to the northwest, Catharine Township to the northeast, Woodbury Township to the east, Huston Township to the southeast, and Taylor Township and Blair Township to the southwest.

The township is located in the heart of the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains, and a large portion of the township's borders follow ridgecrests: Brush Mountain on the northwest side, and the continuous ridge of Loop Mountain and Lock Mountain on the southwest and southeast. The Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River flows from west to east through the center of the township. U.S. Route 22 passes through the township in the same general direction as the river.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 49.3 square miles (127.6 km2), of which 48.8 square miles (126.5 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 0.87%, is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,694 people, 2,887 households, and 2,225 families residing in the township. The population density was 158.1 people per square mile (61.0/km²). There were 3,036 housing units at an average density of 62.4/sq mi (24.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.05% White, 0.42% African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 2,887 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,677, and the median income for a family was $54,348. Males had a median income of $40,450 versus $27,389 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,329. About 6.8% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation[edit]

Canoe Creek State Park is located in the northeast part of the township.[3]

2012 Geeseytown shooting[edit]

On December 21, 2012, at Geeseytown, a gunman, identified as 44-year-old Jeffrey Lee Michael, killed two men and a woman. The woman was shot outside of the Juniata Valley Gospel Church on the Juniata Valley Road, one man was shot outside his residence, and the other man was fatally shot after crashing his vehicle into Michael's pickup truck. In a gunfight with the police, three policemen were injured, and Michael was shot and killed.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Frankstown township, Blair County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. 2007 General Highway Map Blair County Pennsylvania (Map). 1:65,000. ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/blair_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved 2008-04-02. Note: shows Canoe Creek State Park
  4. ^ "4 Dead, 3 Troopers Hurt in Shootings". Altoona Mirror. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°27′30″N 78°22′59″W / 40.45833°N 78.38306°W / 40.45833; -78.38306