Reed Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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Reed Township, Pennsylvania
Former canal aqueduct over Powell Creek
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Dauphin
Incorporated 1849
 • Total 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)
 • Land 5.9 sq mi (15 km2)
 • Water 2.6 sq mi (7 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 182
 • Density 30.6/sq mi (11.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717

Reed Township is a township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 182 at the 2000 census.


Reed Township was named for William Reed, an early settler.[1]

The Legislative Route 1 Sycamore Allee and Bridge in Reed Township are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.5 square miles (21.9 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) of it (29.67%) is water.

The township spans the Susquehanna River, and contains the only part of Dauphin County on the west shore of the Susquehanna River. This area is known as the Island (even though it is a peninsula, not an island). This the area bounded by US 11&15, the Juniata River, the Susquehanna, and the old canal. The Clarks Ferry Truck Stop, Red Rabbit ice cream shop, a new Sheetz, and Island Concrete are located on that piece of land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 182 people, 74 households, and 52 families residing in the township. The population density was 30.6 people per square mile (11.8/km²). There were 79 housing units at an average density of 13.3/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.60% White, 0.55% African American, 0.55% Asian, 1.65% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.

There were 74 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 116.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,839. About 10.5% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 7.1% of those sixty five or over.

School District[edit]

Children living in Reed Township are serviced by the Susquenita School District which is in neighboring Perry County.


Coordinates: 40°25′00″N 77°00′59″W / 40.41667°N 77.01639°W / 40.41667; -77.01639