|Category||Third-level administrative division|
|Location||Commonwealth of Pennsylvania|
Townships were established based on convenient geographical boundaries and vary in size from six to forty square miles (15–104 km²). There are two classifications of townships, first class and second class. To become a first class township, townships of the second class must have a population density of 300 inhabitants per square mile (120/km2) and voters must approve the change of classification in a referendum. However, many townships have chosen to remain second class townships even though they meet the population density requirements to become first class townships.
Any township, regardless of its class, may adopt a home rule charter, at which point it is no longer governed by the Pennsylvania Township Code and instead becomes a home rule municipality. Nevertheless, many former townships that adopted home rule charters retain "Township" in their official names, and the state still classifies them as townships for some official purposes.
- List of townships in Pennsylvania
- List of cities in Pennsylvania
- List of towns and boroughs in Pennsylvania
- List of places in Pennsylvania
- "Pennsylvania Local Government" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved October 8, 2007.
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