Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania

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Barrett Township, Pennsylvania
A Barrett Township vista
A Barrett Township vista
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 41°13′00″N 75°11′59″W / 41.21667°N 75.19972°W / 41.21667; -75.19972Coordinates: 41°13′00″N 75°11′59″W / 41.21667°N 75.19972°W / 41.21667; -75.19972
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyMonroe
Area
 • Total52.99 sq mi (137.24 km2)
 • Land52.38 sq mi (135.66 km2)
 • Water0.61 sq mi (1.59 km2)
Elevation
1,407 ft (429 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,225
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
4,053
 • Density77.38/sq mi (29.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-089-04320
Websitehttp://www.barretttownship.com

Barrett Township is a township in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,225 at the 2010 census. Two Poconos resort communities, Buck Hill Falls and Skytop, are located within the township. It is located 38 miles from Scranton and 48 miles from Wilkes-Barre. There is one privately owned, public-use airport in Barrett Township called the Flying Dollar Airport.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 53.2 square miles (138 km2), of which, 52.6 square miles (136 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (1.22%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
20003,880
20104,2258.9%
Est. 20164,053[2]−4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 4,225 people, 2,529 households, and 1,839 families residing in the township. The population density was 79.7 people per square mile (49.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 91.4% White, 3.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.

There were 2,529 households, out of which 27% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.3 and the average family size was 2.9.

In the township the population was spread out, with 20.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $54,332, and the median income for a family was $59,230. Males had a median income of $37,291 versus $33,474 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,157. About 7.2% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

According to the Trewartha climate classification system, Barrett Township has a Temperate Continental climate (Dc) with warm summers (b), cold winters (o) and year-around precipitation (Dcbo). Dcbo climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F (0 °C), four to seven months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (10 °C), all months with an average mean temperature < 72.0 °F (22 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. Although most summer days are comfortably humid in Barrett Township, episodes of heat and high humidity can occur with heat index values > 95 °F (35 °C). Since 1981, the highest air temperature was 95.1 °F (35 °C) on 07/15/1995, and the highest daily average mean dew point was 70.6 °F (21 °C) on 08/01/2006. July is the peak month for thunderstorm activity which correlates with the average warmest month of the year. The average wettest month is September which correlates with tropical storm remnants during the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Since 1981, the wettest calendar day was 6.15 inches (156 mm) on 09/30/2010. During the winter months, the plant hardiness zone is 5b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of −12.1 °F (−25 °C).[5] Since 1981, the coldest air temperature was −22.3 °F (−30 °C) on 01/21/1994. Episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < −25 °F (−32 °C). The average snowiest month is January which correlates with the average coldest month of the year. Ice storms and large snowstorms depositing ≥ 12 inches (30 cm) of snow occur once every couple of years, particularly during nor’easters from December through March.

Climate data for Barrett Twp, Elevation 1224 ft (373 m), 1981-2010 normals, extremes 1981-2018
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63.9
(17.7)
73.4
(23.0)
82.8
(28.2)
89.3
(31.8)
91.6
(33.1)
91.1
(32.8)
95.1
(35.1)
94.1
(34.5)
92.3
(33.5)
84.4
(29.1)
76.6
(24.8)
67.7
(19.8)
95.1
(35.1)
Average high °F (°C) 32.7
(0.4)
36.2
(2.3)
44.6
(7.0)
57.7
(14.3)
68.5
(20.3)
76.4
(24.7)
80.0
(26.7)
79.0
(26.1)
71.9
(22.2)
60.5
(15.8)
49.0
(9.4)
37.0
(2.8)
57.9
(14.4)
Daily mean °F (°C) 23.6
(−4.7)
26.5
(−3.1)
34.2
(1.2)
46.1
(7.8)
56.4
(13.6)
65.0
(18.3)
69.0
(20.6)
67.9
(19.9)
60.5
(15.8)
49.1
(9.5)
39.6
(4.2)
28.7
(−1.8)
47.3
(8.5)
Average low °F (°C) 14.5
(−9.7)
16.7
(−8.5)
23.9
(−4.5)
34.4
(1.3)
44.2
(6.8)
53.5
(11.9)
58.0
(14.4)
56.7
(13.7)
49.2
(9.6)
37.6
(3.1)
30.1
(−1.1)
20.4
(−6.4)
36.7
(2.6)
Record low °F (°C) −22.3
(−30.2)
−13.7
(−25.4)
−6.0
(−21.1)
10.8
(−11.8)
26.9
(−2.8)
33.4
(0.8)
39.0
(3.9)
34.9
(1.6)
28.0
(−2.2)
17.0
(−8.3)
0.2
(−17.7)
−14.1
(−25.6)
−22.3
(−30.2)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.44
(87)
3.02
(77)
3.70
(94)
4.18
(106)
4.41
(112)
4.75
(121)
4.23
(107)
4.34
(110)
4.85
(123)
4.73
(120)
3.88
(99)
3.91
(99)
49.44
(1,256)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 16.2
(41)
11.6
(29)
12.0
(30)
2.9
(7.4)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.1
(0.25)
3.1
(7.9)
9.7
(25)
55.5
(141)
Average relative humidity (%) 72.3 66.9 63.0 58.8 61.4 70.6 70.7 73.2 74.6 70.4 70.2 73.5 68.8
Average dew point °F (°C) 16.0
(−8.9)
17.0
(−8.3)
22.9
(−5.1)
32.5
(0.3)
43.3
(6.3)
55.2
(12.9)
59.1
(15.1)
59.0
(15.0)
52.4
(11.3)
39.9
(4.4)
30.7
(−0.7)
21.3
(−5.9)
37.5
(3.1)
Source: PRISM[6]

Ecology[edit]

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Barrett Township would have a dominant vegetation type of Appalachian Oak (104) with a dominant vegetation form of Eastern Hardwood Forest (25).[7] The peak spring bloom typically occurs in late-April and peak fall color usually occurs in mid-October. The plant hardiness zone is 5b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of −12.1 °F (−25 °C).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University". Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "U.S. Potential Natural Vegetation, Original Kuchler Types, v2.0 (Spatially Adjusted to Correct Geometric Distortions)". Retrieved September 4, 2019.

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