Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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Halifax Township, Pennsylvania
Township
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Dauphin
Incorporated 1804
Area
 • Total 32.1 sq mi (83 km2)
 • Land 27.9 sq mi (72 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,329
 • Density 119.3/sq mi (46.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717
Website http://www.halifaxtownship.net

Halifax Township is a township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,329 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

The Clemson Island Prehistoric District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The Legislative Route 1 Sycamore Allee was listed in 2007.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.1 square miles (83 km2), of which, 27.9 square miles (72 km2) of it is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) of it (13.08%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,329 people, 1,261 households, and 978 families residing in the township. The population density was 119.3 people per square mile (46.1/km²). There were 1,327 housing units at an average density of 47.5/sq mi (18.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.35% White, 0.33% African American, 0.54% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 1,261 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,913, and the median income for a family was $50,568. Males had a median income of $35,594 versus $28,716 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,749. About 6.8% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Halifax Township may attend the local, public schools operated by Halifax Area School District which provides taxpayer funded preschool, full day kindergarten through 12th grade. The District's enrollment declined to 1,077 students K-12 in 2013. Halifax Area School District ranked 314th out of 500 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils in 2013. Halifax Township residents may also apply to attend Infinity Charter School located on 51 Banks St, Harrisburg and any of the Commonwealth's 13 public cyber charter schools at no additional cost to the parents. The Halifax Area School District is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[3][4] By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee which is set for each public school district by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Halifax Area School District were: Elementary School - $9,225, High School - $11,629.

Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Halifax Township. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements. CAIU15 also operates Capital Area Online Learning Association which is an online learning program operated in association with the local public schools.[5]

School aged residents may also attend the Capital Area School for the Arts which is an arts magnet school located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Armstrong Valley Christian School is one of several local, private schools that are also available to the Township's residents.

Halifax Township residents have access to Harrisburg Area Community College. People residing in Halifax fund HACC in part through an annual payment made by Halifax Area School District using local tax dollars.[6] Twenty two local public school districts are required to contribute annually to HACC regardless of whether any residents are attending the college. Full-time students from these districts, who attend HACC, pay $1,674 for 12 credit hours.

Politics and government[edit]

Board of Supervisors in 2014
  • Ken Bechtel, Chairman
  • Brad Bruner, Vice Chairman
  • Ken Hoover
  • Randy Paul
  • Gary Shultz

Melinda Warfel, elected Tax Collector

The township has the following appointed governing Boards:

  • Planning Commission (5 members)
  • Halifax Area Recreation Authority
  • Halifax Area Water and Sewer Authority
Dauphin County Commissioners

The three member, locally elected Board of Commissioners is the legislative and administrative body of county government. Each commissioner is elected to a four-year term.

  • Jeff Haste
  • Mike Pries
  • George P. Hartwick, III
State level
Federal level 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?". 
  5. ^ CAOLA administration (2012). "Capital Area Online Learning Association". 
  6. ^ cate McKissick (April 15, 2013). "Harrisburg school district OKs smaller HACC contribution amount for next year". 

Coordinates: 40°31′00″N 76°54′59″W / 40.51667°N 76.91639°W / 40.51667; -76.91639