Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Plymouth Township,
Luzerne County,
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Plymouth Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Plymouth Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
 • Total 16.4 sq mi (42.5 km2)
 • Land 15.9 sq mi (41.2 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,812
 • Density 110/sq mi (43/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Plymouth Township is located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,812 at the 2010 census.[1]


On September 6, 1869, a mine fire killed 110 people in Avondale, an unincorporated community in Plymouth Township.[2]


Moon Lake Park is in Plymouth Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 16.4 square miles (42.5 km2), of which 15.9 square miles (41.2 km2) is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 3.06%, is water. It is drained by the Susquehanna River, which forms its natural southern boundary. Its villages include Avondale, Ceasetown (also in Jackson Township), and West Nanticoke. Its numbered roads are U.S. Route 11 and Pennsylvania Route 29. While US-11 follows the right (northwest) bank of the river, PA-29 comes down from Wyoming County through the gorge of Harveys Creek to West Nanticoke, where it follows US-11 upriver to just before Avondale, where PA-29 splits off for Interstate 81 and becomes the South Cross Valley Expressway.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Township officers[edit]


  • Gale Conrad
  • Christine Kachurak
  • Joe Yudichak


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 821 households, and 590 families residing in the township. The population density was 135.2 people per square mile (52.2/km²). There were 899 housing units at an average density of 58.0/sq mi (22.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.19% White, 0.10% African American, 0.10% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

There were 821 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,324, and the median income for a family was $39,922. Males had a median income of $28,718 versus $21,188 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,285. About 6.9% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.


Coordinates: 41°15′30″N 75°57′59″W / 41.25833°N 75.96639°W / 41.25833; -75.96639