Clifford Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

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Clifford Township, Pennsylvania
A country road in Clifford Township
A country road in Clifford Township
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 41°40′27″N 75°33′15″W / 41.67417°N 75.55417°W / 41.67417; -75.55417Coordinates: 41°40′27″N 75°33′15″W / 41.67417°N 75.55417°W / 41.67417; -75.55417
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Susquehanna
Settled 1799
Incorporated 1806
 • Total 40.93 sq mi (106.00 km2)
 • Land 40.48 sq mi (104.84 km2)
 • Water 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,408
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 2,301
 • Density 56.85/sq mi (21.95/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 18407, 18413, 18421, 18441, 18446, 18470
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-115-14224

Clifford Township is a township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,408 at the 2010 census.


Clifford Township was formed in 1806 from parts of Nicholson Township (Nicholson Twp is now called Lenox).[3] The new township was named for "a man by the name of Clifford in Philadelphia", with the expectation that this man would pay for the honor of having a town named for him. He did not pay.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 40.9 square miles (106 km2), of which, 40.5 square miles (105 km2) of it is land and 0.45 square miles (1.2 km2) of it (1.1%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 2,408
Est. 2016 2,301 [2] −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 2,408 people, 990 households, and 679 families residing in the township. The population density was 59.5 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 1,278 housing units at an average density of 31.5/sq mi (12.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 990 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the township the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 63.9% from 18 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,030, and the median income for a family was $48,333. Males had a median income of $42,153 versus $35,506 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,412. About 7.5% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 15.3% of those age 65 or over.

Clifford Picnic[edit]

The Clifford Picnic is a fair usually celebrated during the last full week in July. The picnic is local institution and a fund raising event for the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Department.[7]

The first picnic was held August 1949. As this meant that stands and tents needed to be erected each year, the Fire Company purchased 21 acres (85,000 m2) of land including a small pond.[7]

This location is known locally simply as "the Picnic grounds", but may also be called "the Clifford Carnival grounds", "the Clifford Picnic grounds", or, since they built a new station on the grounds in the last decade, "the fire house".


  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. ^ "Township Incorporations, 1790 to 1853". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gibson Township". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ a b Clifford Township News Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine., Issue 6, July 2004

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