Jordan Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

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Jordan Township,
Lycoming County,
A field in Jordan Township
A field in Jordan Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Jordan Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Jordan Township
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°14′12″N 76°31′5″W / 41.23667°N 76.51806°W / 41.23667; -76.51806Coordinates: 41°14′12″N 76°31′5″W / 41.23667°N 76.51806°W / 41.23667; -76.51806
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Settled 1812
Incorporated 1854
 • Total 20.7 sq mi (53.6 km2)
 • Land 20.7 sq mi (53.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,263 ft (385 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 878
 • Density 42.4/sq mi (16.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 42-38448[2]
GNIS feature ID 1216752[1]

Jordan Township is a township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 878 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Jordan Township was formed from the eastern part of Franklin Township on February 7, 1854. It was named in honor of Alexander Jordan who was president judge of the district court at the time of the formation of the township. The first permanent settler arrived in Jordan Township in 1812. William Lore cleared a parcel of land and established a homestead, others soon followed his footsteps. The lumber industry was very important in Jordan Township for the first 70 years of its history. The hills and valleys were cleared of their old-growth forests by the end of the 19th century.[3] Today much of those forests forming a thriving second growth forest.


Jordan Township is bordered by Sullivan County to the northeast, Columbia County to the southeast, and Franklin Township to the west. Jordan Township lies in the easternmost portion of southern Lycoming County.[4] As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.7 square miles (54 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 878 people, 346 households, and 252 families residing in the township. The population density was 42.4 people per square mile (16.4/km2). There were 407 housing units at an average density of 19.7/sq mi (7.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 99.66% White and 0.34% African American.

There were 346 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% 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 2.99.

In the township the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,375, and the median income for a family was $37,589. Males had a median income of $28,250 versus $20,515 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,983. About 8.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.