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
CountryUnited States
 • Total8.57 sq mi (22.20 km2)
 • Land5.93 sq mi (15.37 km2)
 • Water2.64 sq mi (6.83 km2)
 • Total239
 • Estimate 
 • Density40.27/sq mi (15.55/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)717
FIPS code42-043-63928

Reed Township is a township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 239 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 182 at the 2000 census.


Reed Township was named for William Reed, an early settler.[4]

The Legislative Route 1 Sycamore Allee and Bridge in Reed Township are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Reed Township is in western Dauphin County, bordered by Middle Paxton Township to the south, Halifax Township to the east and northeast, and Perry County to the north and west. 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 (shown on topographic maps as "Duncan Island"), but it has become a peninsula due to changes in the river's course. The area is bounded by U.S. Routes 11/15, the Juniata River, the Susquehanna, and the old canal. The borough of Duncannon is to the west, across the Juniata River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.2 km2), of which 5.9 square miles (15.3 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), or 30.90%, is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)239[2]0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] 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.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Reed township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Notes and Queries, Historical, Biographical and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania. Harrisburg Publishing Company. 1895. p. 21.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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