Hazle Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Hazle Township, Pennsylvania
Dreck Creek Reservoir in Hazle Township
Dreck Creek Reservoir in Hazle Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Hazle Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Hazle Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
 • Total 45.3 sq mi (117.4 km2)
 • Land 45.1 sq mi (116.7 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,549
 • Density 210/sq mi (81/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 570
Website [1]

Hazle Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 9,549 at the 2010 census.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 45.3 square miles (117.4 km2), of which 45.1 square miles (116.7 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 0.59%, is water. It is drained by tributaries of the Susquehanna River except in the southeast, which drains to the Lehigh River. Its villages include Beaver Brook, Drifton, Ebervale, Green Ridge, Harleigh, Harwood, Hollywood, Humboldt, Japan, Jeanesville, Lattimer, Milnesville, Oakdale, Pardeesville, and Stockton. The postal zip code is 18202.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,000 people, 3,775 households, and 2,536 families residing in the township. The population density was 200.3 people per square mile (77.4/km2). There were 4,002 housing units at an average density of 89.1/sq mi (34.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.67% White, 0.17% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 3,775 households, out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population is fairly spread out, with 19.4% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,352, and the median income for a family was $44,028. Males had a median income of $32,993 versus $22,926 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,139. About 9.3% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.


Hazle Township elects three supervisors at-large.

  • William Gallagher, Chairman
  • Francis Boyarski, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Andy Benyo


Notable person[edit]

Jack Palance (born Volodymyr Palahnyuk) (1919–2006), the acclaimed film actor, was born in Lattimer.


The Hazleton Area School District has its administrative headquarters and four campuses in the township:[3]

  • Hazleton Area High School
  • Maple Manor Elementary / Middle School
  • Hazleton Area Career Center
  • Hazle Township Early Learning Center
  • Penn State University Hazleton Campus located however inside Hazle Township boundaries


Coordinates: 40°57′30″N 75°54′59″W / 40.95833°N 75.91639°W / 40.95833; -75.91639