Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Salem Township,
Luzerne County,
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Salem Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Salem Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
 • Total 30.0 sq mi (77.7 km2)
 • Land 29.0 sq mi (75.1 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,254
 • Density 140/sq mi (55/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website Salem Township

Salem Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,254 at the 2010 census.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 30.0 square miles (77.7 km2), of which 29.0 square miles (75.1 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), or 3.34%, is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,269 people, 1,743 households, and 1,263 families residing in the township. The population density was 147.2 people per square mile (56.8/km²). There were 1,924 housing units at an average density of 66.3/sq mi (25.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.62% White, 0.47% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 1,743 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $38,429, and the median income for a family was $42,803. Males had a median income of $29,712 versus $25,450 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,114. About 5.1% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


Coordinates: 41°08′00″N 76°09′59″W / 41.13333°N 76.16639°W / 41.13333; -76.16639