Bastress Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

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Bastress Township, Pennsylvania
Immaculate Conception Church on Jacks Hollow Road
Immaculate Conception Church on Jacks Hollow Road
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Bastress Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Bastress Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°11′40″N 77°7′33″W / 41.19444°N 77.12583°W / 41.19444; -77.12583Coordinates: 41°11′40″N 77°7′33″W / 41.19444°N 77.12583°W / 41.19444; -77.12583
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Settled 1837
Formed 1854
 • Total 8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Land 8.7 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,722 ft (525 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 574
 • Density 66.3/sq mi (25.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern Time Zone (North America) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17702
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-04424[1]
GNIS feature ID 1216740[2]

Bastress Township is a township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 574 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Bastress Township was formed from part of Susquehanna Township on December 13, 1854 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The township is named in honor of Solomon Bastress, of Jersey Shore, who was a former member of the legislature and an associate judge.[3]

The first settlers were German Roman Catholic farmers. They migrated to the area beginning in 1837 under the leadership of the Jesuit missionary, Father Nicholas Steinbacher. Together they built the first Church of the Immaculate Conception in 1838. The current stone church building was erected in 1860.[3] The parish also established a cemetery and Catholic school soon after the settlement of Bastress. Immaculate Conception parish and school stand today as a reminder of the German Catholic heritage of the residents of Bastress Township.

Bastress has changed very little since its founding. The community is largely rural and many of the residents are descendants of the first settlers. Since the 1890 census it has grown from a population of 236 to just 574.


Bastress Township is bordered by Susquehanna Township to the north, Armstrong Township to the east, Limestone Township to the south, and Nippenose Township to the west. As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 574 people, 188 households, and 150 families residing in the township. The population density was 66.3 people per square mile (25.6/km2). There were 201 housing units at an average density of 23.2/sq mi (9.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 99.13% White, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 188 households, out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.7% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the township the population was spread out, with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,125, and the median income for a family was $54,844. Males had a median income of $34,306 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,880. About 2.6% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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