Black Creek Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Black Creek Township, Pennsylvania
Buck Mountain in the township
Buck Mountain in the township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Black Creek Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Black Creek Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
 • Total 24.6 sq mi (64 km2)
 • Land 24.5 sq mi (63 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,016
 • Density 82/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Black Creek Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States southwest of historic route PA 93 (the early USA's Lehigh-Susquehanna Turnpike), and just west of I-81, the northeast corner through which passes I-80 south and east of Susquehanna River. The majority of the township's occupied terrain is oriented along Black Creek's (Southern Luzerne County tributary of Nescopeck_Creek) water gap cutting through relatively steep landscape of the mountainous terrain.

The population was 2,016 at the 2010 census.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.6 square miles (64 km2), of which 24.5 square miles (63 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.45%, is water.

The Black Creek running through the township is several miles south of the other left bank Susquehanna tributary stream in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, also named Black Creek (Susquehanna River), which is north of Turtle Creek.[2] Within the township, Black Creek is shaped like a squared-off boxy 'J' glyph (capital letter) laid on its long side, where each limb parallels and is encompassed by the sides of the townships borders on the East, North, and through the south-lower-center of the township. The stream enters E-to-W from its origin in the adjacent township. The hook of the J or North leg, represents its outlet into Nescopeck_Creek via which its waters flow to the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay drainage basins.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,132 people, 832 households, and 609 families residing in the township. The population density was 87.2 people per square mile (33.7/km2). There were 965 housing units at an average density of 39.5/sq mi (15.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 99.16% White, 0.52% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 832 households, out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $35,028, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $31,279 versus $17,382 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,675. About 7.8% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Black Creek township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Both (the more northerly) Black Creek and Turtle Creeks' mouths outlet flowing E-to-W opposite Shickshinny, PA; Press for Terrain Map of mouths region.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 41°01′00″N 76°09′59″W / 41.01667°N 76.16639°W / 41.01667; -76.16639