Great Bend Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

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Great Bend Township,
Bel Park Farm Great Bend Twp PA.jpg
Bel Park Farm
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Susquehanna
Coordinates 41°57′00″N 75°43′59″W / 41.95000°N 75.73306°W / 41.95000; -75.73306Coordinates: 41°57′00″N 75°43′59″W / 41.95000°N 75.73306°W / 41.95000; -75.73306
Area 36.85 sq mi (95.4 km2)
 - land 36.1 sq mi (93 km2)
 - water 0.75 sq mi (2 km2), 2.04%
Population 1,949 (2010)
Density 54/sq mi (20.8/km2)
Settled 1787
 - Incorporated 1791
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 570
Map of Susquehanna County Pennsylvania highlighting Great Bend Township.PNG
Location of Great Bend Township in Susquehanna County
Great Bend Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Great Bend Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Location of Great Bend Township in Pennsylvania

Great Bend Township is a township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,949 at the 2010 census. Children living in the township are served by the public schools in the Blue Ridge School District, including Blue Ridge High School.


What is now Great Bend Township was incorporated as Willingborough Township in March 1791, when Susquehanna County was still part of Luzerne County.[1] It was renamed to Great Bend Township on November 28, 1814.[2]

Great Bend Borough was incorporated from part of Great Bend Township in 1861 and Hallstead Borough was similarly formed in 1874.[2]

The Presidential Motorcade passed through Great Bend on August 23, 2013. President Barack Obama was traveling from Binghamton, NY to Scranton, PA during his tour to promote programs to aid college students.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.85 square miles (95.4 km2), of which, 36.1 square miles (93 km2) of it is land and 0.75 square miles (1.9 km2) of it (2.04%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,949 people, 790 households, and 554 families residing in the township. The population density was 54 people per square mile (20.8/km²). There were 878 housing units at an average density of 24.3/sq mi (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 790 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.88.

Fireworks store

In the township the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 62.7% from 18 to 64, and 16% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,134, and the median income for a family was $50,966. Males had a median income of $33,542 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,151. About 9% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "Township Incorporations, 1790 to 1853". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Great Bend Township". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.