Thompson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

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Thompson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Thompson Township Fringed.jpg
Plews Swamp in the Florence Shelly Preserve
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Susquehanna
Coordinates 41°52′00″N 75°31′59″W / 41.86667°N 75.53306°W / 41.86667; -75.53306Coordinates: 41°52′00″N 75°31′59″W / 41.86667°N 75.53306°W / 41.86667; -75.53306
Area 22.17 sq mi (57.4 km2)
 - land 21.9 sq mi (57 km2)
 - water 0.27 sq mi (1 km2), 1.22%
Population 410 (2010)
Density 18.7/sq mi (7.2/km2)
Settled 1820
 - Incorporated 1833
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 18465
Area code 570
Map of Susquehanna County Pennsylvania highlighting Thompson Township.PNG
Location of Thompson Township in Susquehanna County
Thompson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Thompson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Location of Thompson Township in Pennsylvania

Thompson Township is a township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 410 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.17 square miles (57.4 km2), of which, 21.9 square miles (57 km2) of it is land and 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) of it (1.22%) is water.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is a protected area along Route 171 in Thompson Township.[1] The 357-acres around Weir's Pond and Plew's Swamp includes woodlands, fields, streams, and a glacial pond with a floating bog.[2] Its nature trails are open to the public year-round.


Thompson Township was formed from parts of Jackson Township in April 1833.[3] It was named for Susquehanna County associate judge William Thompson.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 410 people, 195 households, and 120 families residing in the township. The population density was 18.7 people per square mile (7.2/km²). There were 369 housing units at an average density of 16.8/sq mi (6.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 195 households out of which 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the township the population was spread out with 14.9% under the age of 18, 60% from 18 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,667, and the median income for a family was $56,964. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $30,417 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,151. About 4.1% of families and 8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "Florence Shelly Preserve". Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania - Florence Shelly Preserve". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Township Incorporations, 1790 to 1853". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Thompson Township". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.