Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania highlighting Susquehanna Township
Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
|• Type||Board of Commissioners|
|• Total||15.2 sq mi (39 km2)|
|• Land||13.4 sq mi (35 km2)|
|• Water||1.8 sq mi (5 km2)|
|• Density||1,632.9/sq mi (630.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Website||Susquehanna Twp. Website|
Susquehanna Township is a township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 24,036 at the 2010 census. This represents a 9.8% increase from the 2000 census count of 21,895. Susquehanna Township has the postal ZIP codes 17109 and 17110, which maintain the Harrisburg place name designation. The township is a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and is connected to Marysville by the Rockville Bridge, the world's longest stone-arch rail bridge at the time of its completion.
Susquehanna Township is located adjacent to the City of Harrisburg in Dauphin County. The name Susquehanna is probably derived from a tribe of Indians known as the Susquehannocks.
Prior to June 4, 1785, what is now Dauphin County was part of Lancaster County. After the legislature created Dauphin County it was basically divided into three Townships: Upper Paxtang, Middle Paxtang and Lower Paxtang. The spelling "Paxtang" is from the original Indian name "Peshtank," which meant "standing water." Today we use the word Paxton instead of Paxtang.
The first settlement where Susquehanna Township now lies was known as "Coxestown" and was laid out by Dr. John Cox, Jr. of Philadelphia on October 2, 1757. In honor of his wife, Ester, the town was renamed "Estherton" and was the second oldest town in Dauphin County (behind Middletown). In 1774, a second settlement, "Rockville", and a third in 1815, "Progress" were settled. On January 2, 1952 Susquehanna became a First Class township via the Dauphin County Court.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39.3 km²), of which, 13.4 square miles (34.7 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it (11.72%) is water. It is drained by the Susquehanna River, which separates it from Cumberland County and Perry County. The north end of the township is on Blue Mountain and Susquehanna Township's elevations range from approximately 300 feet on the river to 1,150 feet in the northeast.
Unincorporated communities and census designated places in Susquehanna Township
- Beaufort Farms
- Paxtang Manor
- Progress CDP (pronounced "PRO-gress")
- Windsor Farms
- Middle Paxton Township (north)
- Lower Paxton Township (east)
- Swatara Township (south)
- Paxtang (south)
- Harrisburg (southwest and west)
- Penbrook (southwest)
- East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County (west)
- Marysville, Perry County (northwest)
As of the 2010 census, the township was 67.3% White, 23.6% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.6% Asian, and 3.5% were two or more races. 4.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry .
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,895 people, 9,178 households, and 5,727 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,632.9 people per square mile (630.4/km²). There were 9,593 housing units at an average density of 715.4/sq mi (276.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 75.30% White, 19.37% African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.
There were 9,178 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the township the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $49,293, and the median income for a family was $61,781. Males had a median income of $41,367 versus $32,296 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,572. About 3.9% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
Incorporated into Susquehanna Township are many neighborhoods, such as: Edgemont, Oxford Court, Beaufort Farms, Mountaindale, Apple Creek Farms, Deer Path Woods, Northwoods Crossing, Sienna Woods, Saybrook Meadows, Latshmere, Green Acres, Crooked Hill, Montrose Park, Waverly Woods, Wedgewood Hills, Whitehall Terrace, and Progress.
Politics and government
- State Representative Sue Helm, Republican, 104th district
- State Senator Rob Teplitz, Republican, 15th district
- US Representative Lou Barletta, Republican, 11th district
Board of Commissioners
Susquehanna Township is a first-class township and elects nine commissioners by ward.
- Ward 1, Jody Rebarchak, Vice-President
- Ward 2, Michael Schubert
- Ward 3, Mona Johnson
- Ward 4, Frank Lynch, President
- Ward 5, Tom Pyne
- Ward 6, Sean Sanderson
- Ward 7, Fred Engle Jr.
- Ward 8, Justin C. Fleming
- Ward 9, Steven C. Napper
- About Susquehanna Township
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.