Greenfield Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Rest stop 55 at mile 202.5 of Interstate 81
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
|• Total||21.54 sq mi (55.79 km2)|
|• Land||20.93 sq mi (54.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.61 sq mi (1.57 km2)|
|Elevation||1,348 ft (411 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||2,017|
|• Density||96.36/sq mi (37.20/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP Code||18407, 18433|
Greenfield Township is a township in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,105 at the 2010 census. It is one of the five municipalities comprised by the Lakeland School District. Township government consists of a board of Supervisors. Meetings are held at the township Municipal Hall, which is located at 424 Route 106, just south of Our Mother of Sorrows cemetery on Finch Hill corners.
Greenfield Township was formed in January 1816 from a northern portion of Abington Township, at the time located in Luzerne County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 21.5 square miles (56 km2), of which, 20.9 square miles (54 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (2.89%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,990 people, 767 households, and 589 families residing in the township. The population density was 95.6 people per square mile (36.9/km²). There were 983 housing units at an average density of 47.2/sq mi (18.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.69% White, 0.55% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.30% Asian, and 0.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.
There were 767 households, out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the township the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $39,865, and the median income for a family was $46,477. Males had a median income of $31,506 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,517. About 3.7% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,105 people, 828 households, and 608 families residing in the township. The population density was 100.7 people per square mile (38.9/km²). There were 1,001 housing units at an average density of 47.9/sq mi (18.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% other race, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 828 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the township the population was spread out, with 22% under the age of 18, 61.5% from 18 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.8 years.
Greenfield Township maintains a police department with offices in the township municipal building. The Chief of Police is Chief Paul Fortuner Sr, who is the only full time law enforcement officer in the town. However the township employs multiple part time officers to fill shifts. The police department, when not staffed by an on duty officer, has the police chief on call for emergencies in the town.
Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Company provides fire and emergency medical services is cooperation with other local departments and agencies. As a volunteer department, they train cadets and adults to provide service to the community.
The volunteer fire department holds a fundraiser breakfast at the township hall on the last Sunday of every month from 8am to noon. Greenfield Day is a yearly event held at the township municipal building. Greenfield Day is held in August each year.
Greenfield Township has an active historical society with a collection of local memorabilia. Ground was broken on August 12, 2007 for the Greenfield Township Historical Museum.
The Greenfield Township Baseball Association is the local affiliate of the Lakeland Little League Association. They play at the Eric Slebodnik Memorial Sports Complex on Hickory Ridge Road. The location was cleared in the 1970s by the Greenfield Lions Club. Hurricane Hills Sports Center is an AMA sanctioned motocross racing center located in Greenfield Township.
According to the Greenfield Township website, Greenfield Township was the first rural community in the United States to provide street addressing for residents to help with quicker response in event of an emergency. By ordinance, residents have been required to display their house numbers beginning January 1, 1999.
Greenfield Township is a zoned community.
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