Newport Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Newport Township, Pennsylvania
Township
Newport's former train station
Newport's former train station
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Newport Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Newport Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Settled 1772
Incorporated 1790
Area
 • Total 17.2 sq mi (44.5 km2)
 • Land 16.8 sq mi (43.4 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,374
 • Density 310/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Newport Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,374 at the 2010 census.[1] It consists of the unincorporated communities of Alden Station, Glen Lyon, Lee, Newport Center, Sheatown, and Wanamie.

History[edit]

The St. Stanislaus Institute was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 17.2 square miles (44.5 km2), of which 16.8 square miles (43.4 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 2.49%, is water. It is drained by the Susquehanna River which forms its natural northern boundary.

The northern and southern portions are mountainous, and the elevation on Penobscot Mountain reaches 1,500 to 1,629 feet (457 to 497 m) above sea level along the township's southern border with Slocum Township. Most of the people live in the basin of Newport Creek, which flows northeast from Glen Lyon into the river in Nanticoke. The State Correctional Institute at Retreat is in Newport Township in a remote area along the Susquehanna which can only be accessed by a bridge over the river from U.S. Route 11 or by helicopter.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,006 people, 1,789 households, and 1,118 families residing in the township. The population density was 306.1 people per square mile (118.1/km²). There were 2,166 housing units at an average density of 132.4/sq mi (51.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.17% White, 8.57% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.30% of the population.

There were 1,789 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the township the population was spread out with 16.1% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 127.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 129.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,073, and the median income for a family was $40,987. Males had a median income of $28,466 versus $22,035 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,930. About 9.3% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 41°10′30″N 75°59′58″W / 41.17500°N 75.99944°W / 41.17500; -75.99944