Watson Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

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Watson Township,
Lycoming County,
Pennsylvania
Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Watson Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Watson Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°14′53″N 77°19′21″W / 41.24806°N 77.32250°W / 41.24806; -77.32250Coordinates: 41°14′53″N 77°19′21″W / 41.24806°N 77.32250°W / 41.24806; -77.32250
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Settled 1784
Incorporated 1845
Government
 • Type Board of Supervisors
 • Chairman James Seltzer
 • Vice-chairman James Potter
 • Supervisor Charles Knarr, Sr.
Area
 • Total 23.5 sq mi (61.0 km2)
 • Land 23.2 sq mi (60.1 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,699 ft (518 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 550
 • Density 23.7/sq mi (9.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 42-81576[2]
GNIS feature ID 1216776[1]
Website Watson Township

Watson Township is a township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 550 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Watson Township was formed in January 1848 from parts of Porter and Cummings Townships. It is named for Oliver Watson who was the president of a bank in nearby Williamsport at the time.[3]

Watson Township is and always has been a largely unpopulated area. It is mountainous and covered with a thriving second growth forest. During the late 1800s much of the land was stripped of its old-growth forests. At the time central Pennsylvania, and the city of Williamsport was the center of the lumber industry in the United States. Trees were cut down and floated down Pine Creek, which flows through Watson Township. There were several sawmills along Pine Creek in the township. Other early attempts at industry included an iron forge along Furnace Run. There were several deposits of iron ore in Watson Township. The ore proved to be of low quality and the investors in the iron furnaces struggled to turn a profit. The furnaces were abandoned and little evidence of their existence remains.[3]

Geography[edit]

Watson Township is bordered by Clinton County to the west, Cummings Township to the north, Mifflin Township to the east, and Porter Township to the south.[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 23.5 square miles (61.0 km²).23.2 square miles (60.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (1.49%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 550 people, 220 households, and 168 families residing in the township. The population density was 23.7 people per square mile (9.2/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 12.3/sq mi (4.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.73% White, 0.18% African American, and 1.09% from two or more races.

There were 220 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the township the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 36.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 107.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,250, and the median income for a family was $45,526. Males had a median income of $33,558 versus $21,607 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,406. About 9.5% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 13.0% 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]