Upper Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other townships in Pennsylvania with similar names, see Fairfield Township, Pennsylvania.
Upper Fairfield Township,
Lycoming County,
Pennsylvania
Township
Eder's Ice Cream in Upper Fairfield Township
Eder's Ice Cream in Upper Fairfield Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Upper Fairfield Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Upper Fairfield Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°19′10″N 76°51′41″W / 41.31944°N 76.86139°W / 41.31944; -76.86139Coordinates: 41°19′10″N 76°51′41″W / 41.31944°N 76.86139°W / 41.31944; -76.86139
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Settled 1800
Incorporated 1851
Area
 • Total 18.2 sq mi (47.2 km2)
 • Land 18.1 sq mi (46.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation[1] 896 ft (273 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,854
 • Density 102.4/sq mi (39.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 42-79024[2]
GNIS feature ID 1216774[1]

Upper Fairfield Township is a township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 1,854 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The history of Upper Fairfield Township begins in 1851 when some dissatisfied citizens of the southern portion of Fairfield Township asked to be separated from the neighbors to the north. The citizens of the northern portion were strongly against division, but the township was divided against their wishes on September 12, 1851.[3]

Upper Fairfield Township was called Pollock Township during its first two years of existence. It was named for Judge James Pollock, who was the president of district court that ordered the township to be divided. Since the citizens of Upper Fairfield Township where against the division in the first place, they were less than pleased with the name of their new township. Pollock was a controversail figure in the early days of Upper Fairfield. The citizens asked the court that the named be changed and the Pennsylvania General Assembly ordered that Pollock Township's name be changed to Upper Fairfield Township on January 29, 1853.[3]

Geography[edit]

Upper Fairfield Township is bordered by Plunketts Creek Township to the north, Mill Creek Township to the east, Muncy Township to the southeast, Fairfield Township to the south, and Loyalsock and Eldred Townships to the west. Loyalsock Creek is the boundary line between Upper Fairfield and Loyalsock Townships as well as Upper Fairfield and Eldred.[4] As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²).18.1 square miles (46.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,854 people, 682 households, and 544 families residing in the township. The population density was 102.4 people per square mile (39.5/km²). There were 736 housing units at an average density of 40.6/sq mi (15.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.35% White, 0.05% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 682 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,031, and the median income for a family was $47,500. Males had a median income of $29,896 versus $23,380 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,193. About 4.7% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

For histories of the other townships in Lycoming County see

History of the Townships of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

References[edit]