Franklin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

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Franklin Township
Houses in the Smock Historic District
Location of Franklin Township in Fayette County
Location of Franklin Township in Fayette County
Location of Fayette County in Pennsylvania
Location of Fayette County in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Fayette
 • Total 29.75 sq mi (77.05 km2)
 • Land 29.60 sq mi (76.66 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,528
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 2,453
 • Density 82.87/sq mi (32.00/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 724

Franklin Township is a township in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,528 at the 2010 census,[3] down from 2,628 at the 2000 census. The township is served by the Uniontown Area School District.

Unincorporated communities within the township include Smock, Bitner, Buena Vista, Flatwoods, and Laurel Hill.


The Smock Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[4]


Franklin Township is in northwestern Fayette County. It is bordered to the southwest by Redstone Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River. The township extends northeast to the Youghiogheny River, another tributary of the Monongahela. Smock, the most populous settlement, is in the western part of the township along Redstone Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.75 square miles (77.05 km2), of which 29.60 square miles (76.66 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2), or 0.50%, is water.[3]

Pennsylvania Route 51 crosses the township, leading north to Perryopolis and south to Uniontown, the Fayette County seat.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 2,528
Est. 2016 2,453 [2] −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,628 people, 1,012 households, and 760 families residing in the township. The population density was 88.7 people per square mile (34.2/km²). There were 1,072 housing units at an average density of 36.2/sq mi (14.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.25% White, 0.88% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.11% of the population.

There were 1,012 households, out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,348, and the median income for a family was $38,424. Males had a median income of $32,135 versus $20,707 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,167. About 9.7% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Franklin township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 39°59′00″N 79°42′59″W / 39.98333°N 79.71639°W / 39.98333; -79.71639