Paradise Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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Paradise Township,
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Herr's Mill Covered Bridge and an Amish buggy in Paradise Township
Herr's Mill Covered Bridge and an Amish buggy in Paradise Township
Map of Lancaster County highlighting Paradise Township
Map of Lancaster County highlighting Paradise Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Settled 1710
Incorporated 1843
 • Type Board of Supervisors
 • Total 18.7 sq mi (48 km2)
 • Land 18.6 sq mi (48 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,698
 • Density 252.4/sq mi (97.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717

Paradise Township is a township in east central Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,698 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.4 km²), of which, 18.6 square miles (48.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,698 people, 1,554 households, and 1,226 families residing in the township. The population density was 252.4 people per square mile (97.4/km²). There were 1,600 housing units at an average density of 85.9/sq mi (33.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.36% White, 0.62% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 1,554 households, out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the township the population was spread out, with 30.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,047, and the median income for a family was $44,575. Males had a median income of $32,366 versus $21,755 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,631. About 5.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 39°59′00″N 76°06′59″W / 39.98333°N 76.11639°W / 39.98333; -76.11639