Forks Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
"Welcome To Forks Township" sign in Forks Township, Northampton County, PA, USA
Location of Forks Township in Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
|• Total||12.27 sq mi (31.79 km2)|
|• Land||12.11 sq mi (31.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)|
|Elevation||377 ft (115 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,273.61/sq mi (491.75/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
The population of Forks Township was 15,034 at the 2014 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.2 square miles (32 km2), of which, 12.1 square miles (31 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.39%) is water. It is drained by the Delaware River, which separates it from New Jersey. Its villages include Chestnut Hill, Churchville, Keplers Mill, Sandts Eddy (also in Lower Mount Bethel Township,) Uhlers Station, and Zucksville. Route 611 runs north-to-south through the township along the river. Other local roads of note include Bushkill Drive, Frost Hollow Road, Kesslersville Road, Knox Avenue/Sullivan Trail, Newlins Road, Richmond Road, Uhler Road, and Zucksville Road.The township was named Forks since it lies at the "fork" of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.
- Easton (south)
- Wilson (tangent to the south)
- Palmer Township (west)
- Tatamy (west)
- Stockertown (northwest)
- Plainfield Township (north)
- Lower Mount Bethel Township (northeast)
- Harmony Township, New Jersey (east)
- Lopatcong Township, New Jersey (east)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2000 census there were 8,419 people, 3,035 households, and 2,415 families living in the township. The population density was 698.2 people per square mile (269.5/km2). There were 3,159 housing units at an average density of 262.0/sq mi (101.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 94.92% White, 2.24% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05%.
There were 3,035 households, 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 17.0% of households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.13.
The age distribution was 27.6% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.
The median household income was $66,055 and the median family income was $70,587. Males had a median income of $51,965 versus $30,661 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,180. About 2.7% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Township is served by the Easton Area School District, and is home to three of the District's schools: Shawnee Elementary, Forks Elementary, and Easton Area Middle School 5/6 and 7/8.