Leroy Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
A ridgeline in Leroy Township
Map of Bradford County with Leroy Township highlighted
Map of Bradford County, Pennsylvania
|• Total||44.6 sq mi (115.4 km2)|
|• Land||44.2 sq mi (114.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)|
|• Density||16/sq mi (6.3/km2)|
Leroy Township is located in southwestern Bradford County and is bordered by Canton Township to the west, Granville Township to the north, Franklin and Overton townships to the east, and Fox Township in Sullivan County to the south.
Pennsylvania Route 414 runs through the northern part of the township, following Towanda Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River, and passing through the unincorporated communities of Leroy and West Leroy.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 44.6 square miles (115.4 km2), of which 44.2 square miles (114.6 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.8 km2), or 0.68%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 627 people, 235 households, and 185 families residing in the township. The population density was 14.0 people per square mile (5.4/km²). There were 320 housing units at an average density of 7.1/sq mi (2.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.88% White, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.
There were 235 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.1% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the township the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $35,938, and the median income for a family was $38,646. Males had a median income of $30,125 versus $21,071 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,087. About 10.4% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.
Residents of Leroy Township may attend the local, public schools operated by Canton Area School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. The District's enrollment declined to 990 students kindergarten through 12th grade, in 2013. Canton Area School District ranked 416th out of 500 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils in 2013. High School students and adults can attend the publicly funded Northern Tier Career Center  for vocational training.
Leroy Township residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 14 public cyber charter schools (in 2013) at no additional cost to the parents. The resident’s public school district is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.  By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Canton Area School District were: Elementary School - $8,868.09, High School - $9,442.14.
BLaST Intermediate Unit #17 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Leroy Township. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements.
Community members have access to the Green Free Library  which is located in Canton and to the statewide PA Power Library  which is an online library funded with tax dollars from the state's education budget.
Politics and government
Leroy Township is governed by three locally elected Township Supervisors. There is also a locally elected tax collector.
- County level
Three, elected at large, County Commissioners.
- State level
- Matt E. Baker - State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 68
- Gene Yaw - State Senator, Pennsylvania Senate, District 23
- Federal level
- Tom Marino, Republican, Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district
- Pat Toomey, US Senator
- Bob Casey, Jr., US Senator (senior)
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Leroy township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (May 2012). "Pennsylvania Public School District Tuition Rates".