Jenks Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania

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Jenks Township,
Merienville is the primary settlement in the township.
Merienville is the primary settlement in the township.
Map of Forest County, Pennsylvania highlighting Jenks Township
Map of Forest County, Pennsylvania highlighting Jenks Township
Map of Forest County, Pennsylvania
Map of Forest County, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBoard of Supervisors
 • Total84.61 sq mi (219.15 km2)
 • Land84.44 sq mi (218.71 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Total3,629
 • Estimate 
 • Density42.20/sq mi (16.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)814
FIPS code42-053-38016
Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20163,564[2]−1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

Jenks Township is a township in Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,629 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 1,261 at the 2000 with the opening of the SCI Forest penitentiary. The township is the most populous municipality in all of Forest County.

The township was named for John W. Jenks, a county judge.[5]


Jenks Township is in southeastern Forest County, bordered to the east and partially to the south by Elk County and partially to the southwest by Clarion County. Marienville is located near the center of the township. Pennsylvania Route 66 crosses the township from southwest to northeast, passing through Marienville. Pennsylvania Route 899 leads south from Marienville to Clarington in Barnett Township. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Jenks Township has a total area of 84.6 square miles (219.2 km2), of which 84.4 square miles (218.7 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.20%, is water.[4]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,261 people, 510 households, and 336 families residing in the township. The population density was 14.9 people per square mile (5.8/km²). There were 1,623 housing units at an average density of 19.2/sq mi (7.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.41% White, 0.40% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.08% Asian, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 510 households, out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the township the population was spread out, with 19.2% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $27,067, and the median income for a family was $32,273. Males had a median income of $26,683 versus $24,063 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,131. About 9.2% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.3% 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. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Jenks Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  5. ^ McKnight, William James (1917). Historical. J.H. Beers. p. 460.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 41°28′00″N 79°02′59″W / 41.46667°N 79.04972°W / 41.46667; -79.04972