Dallas Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Dallas Township, Pennsylvania
Scenery of Dallas Township from Lower Demunds Road
Scenery of Dallas Township from Lower Demunds Road
Map of Luzerne County highlighting Dallas Township
Map of Luzerne County highlighting Dallas Township
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County
CountryUnited States
 • Total18.73 sq mi (48.50 km2)
 • Land18.52 sq mi (47.97 km2)
 • Water0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
 • Total8,994
 • Estimate 
 • Density497.57/sq mi (192.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-079-18056

Dallas Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Back Mountain, a 118 square mile region in northern Luzerne County. The population was 8,994 at the 2010 census.[3]


In 1797, Ephraim McCoy, a Revolutionary War soldier, was one of the first known white settlers to construct a log cabin near modern-day Dallas. Additional settlers followed in McCoy’s footsteps. Sawmills were constructed along Toby Creek in the early 19th century. Sections of the township were converted into farmland following the clearing of trees.[4]

The township was formed in 1817 from territory taken from Kingston Township,[5] and it was named for Alexander J. Dallas, who was the 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury and also the father of George M. Dallas, the vice president of James Polk.[6]


Church in Dallas Township

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.5 km2), of which 18.5 square miles (48.0 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 1.09%, is water.

The southern portion of the township is densely populated. The rest of Dallas Township consists of farmland and forests. Kunkle is a small village in the northern half of Dallas Township. There are also several lakes and creeks (e.g., Toby Creek, Huntsville Creek, and Leonard Creek) scattered throughout the community.

PA 309 is the main highway in the township; it runs north to south through the community. Other numbered routes include PA 118 and PA 415.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20169,216[2]2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Road in Dallas Township

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 8,179 people, 2,917 households, and 2,047 families residing in the township. The population density was 436.7 people per square mile (168.6/km2). There were 3,125 housing units at an average density of 166.9/sq mi (64.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.45% White, 0.21% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 2,917 households, out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $52,932, and the median income for a family was $60,485. Males had a median income of $45,198 versus $27,267 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,501. About 2.6% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.


Dallas Township is part of Dallas School District. Misericordia University is located within the township.


  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. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Dallas township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.pagenweb.org/~luzerne/patk/dalastwp.htm
  5. ^ Bradsby, Henry C., History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 1893
  6. ^ "What's in a name?". Beaver County Times. Jan 28, 1996. pp. A3. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 41°22′36″N 75°58′59″W / 41.37667°N 75.98306°W / 41.37667; -75.98306