West Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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West Hanover Township, Pennsylvania
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Dauphin
Incorporated 1842
 • Total 23.4 sq mi (61 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 6,505
 • Density 278.1/sq mi (107.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717

West Hanover Township is a township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,505 at the 2000 census.


Hanover Township of Dauphin County was divided into East Hanover, West Hanover, and South Hanover townships.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.4 square miles (60.6 km²), of which, 23.4 square miles (60.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

Unincorporated communities and census-designated places in West Hanover Township.


The earliest US census figures reveal a total population of 1862 residents in the year 1800. As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,505 people, 2,502 households, and 1,944 families residing in the township. The population density was 278.1 people per square mile (107.4/km²). There were 2,584 housing units at an average density of 110.5/sq mi (42.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.34% White, 1.15% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 2,502 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $53,144, and the median income for a family was $57,009. Males had a median income of $41,158 versus $31,230 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,723. About 2.4% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 40°23′00″N 76°43′59″W / 40.38333°N 76.73306°W / 40.38333; -76.73306