Mount Pleasant Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
|Mount Pleasant Township,
A view of a farm in Mount Pleasant Township
Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Mount Pleasant Township
Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania
|• Total||16.9 sq mi (43.8 km2)|
|• Land||16.8 sq mi (43.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|• Density||96/sq mi (37.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Mount Pleasant Township was formed in 1818 from Fishingcreek Township, Greenwood Township, and Bloom Township, which is now Bloomsburg. The Wanich Covered Bridge No. 69 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The township is located northwest of the center of Columbia County, and is bordered to the south by the town of Bloomsburg, the county seat. Fishing Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River, forms the southern and part of the eastern boundary of the township, while Little Fishing Creek forms the western boundary. The township includes the unincorporated communities of Welliversville, Mordansville, and Millertown.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 16.9 square miles (43.8 km2), of which 16.8 square miles (43.4 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.93%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,459 people, 544 households, and 425 families residing in the township. The population density was 83.6 people per square mile (32.3/km²). There were 561 housing units at an average density of 32.1/sq mi (12.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.77% White, 0.14% African American, 0.48% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.
There were 544 households, out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the township the population was spread out, with 25.1% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 109.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $43,816, and the median income for a family was $49,038. Males had a median income of $33,421 versus $24,450 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,731. About 5.3% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
The area's local school district is the Central Columbia School District. It serves about 2,100 students and features three academic buildings and one administration building. Students are divided into the Elementary School (grades K through 4), Middle School (grades 5 through 8) and the High School (grades 9 through 12).
According to the 2003 data collected by Standard & Poor's, 18.4% of students are economically disadvantaged, 13.1% receive special education services and 71.1% of students pass the state-mandated testing. The district spends about $6,999 per student.
The Middle School is under construction, as of 2006. Several small additions are being added to accommodate the increasing class size, and a major renovation on the existing portion will bring it up to code. It is expected to be near completion by the beginning of the 2007–2008 school year. [needs update]
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Mount Pleasant township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Central Columbia School District report, School Matters, Standard & Poors 2003, 2005.
- Blacklidge, Karen, Valley schools all over the Chart, The Daily Item, June 6, 2007. http://www.dailyitem.com/archivesearch/local_story_163000144.html