West Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania

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West Providence Township, Pennsylvania
Map of Bedford County, Pennsylvania highlighting West Providence Township
Map of Bedford County, Pennsylvania highlighting West Providence Township
Map of Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Map of Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bedford
Settled 1772
Incorporated 1844
 • Total 38.7 sq mi (100.3 km2)
 • Land 38.2 sq mi (99.0 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,210
 • Density 84/sq mi (32.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 814
Website www.westprovidencetownship.org

West Providence Township is a township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,210 at the 2010 census.[1]


West Providence Township is located in eastern Bedford County. It surrounds the borough of Everett but is separate from it. The unincorporated community of Earlston, adjacent to Everett, is part of the township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 38.7 square miles (100.3 km2), of which 38.2 square miles (99.0 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 1.29%, is water.[1] The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River takes a sinuous path from west to east then north through the township.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,323 people, 1,339 households, and 1,027 families residing in the township. The population density was 86.4 people per square mile (33.3/km²). There were 1,590 housing units at an average density of 41.3/sq mi (16.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.01% White, 0.30% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 1,339 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,609, and the median income for a family was $38,475. Males had a median income of $26,964 versus $18,039 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,564. About 6.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.


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Coordinates: 39°57′10″N 78°23′44″W / 39.95278°N 78.39556°W / 39.95278; -78.39556