Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

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Towamensing Township
Wild Creek Falls in Beltzville State Park
Wild Creek Falls in Beltzville State Park
Location of Towamensing Township in Carbon County
Location of Towamensing Township in Carbon County
Location of Carbon County in Pennsylvania
Location of Carbon County in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°52′29″N 75°37′30″W / 40.87472°N 75.62500°W / 40.87472; -75.62500Coordinates: 40°52′29″N 75°37′30″W / 40.87472°N 75.62500°W / 40.87472; -75.62500
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyCarbon
Area
 • Total28.91 sq mi (74.89 km2)
 • Land27.14 sq mi (70.28 km2)
 • Water1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)
Elevation
715 ft (218 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,477
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
4,409
 • Density162.47/sq mi (62.73/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)610
FIPS code42-025-77160

Towamensing Township is a lightly populated rural township in eastern Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The Delaware Peoples name is eponymous and was once applied by the natives to the whole region[3] of Carbon County and bits of the Poconos to the north (Luzerne County) and to Schuylkill County (southwest). The population was 4,477 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 3,475 at the 2000 census. A portion of Beltzville State Park is in the township.

Geography[edit]

Towamensing Township is in southeastern Carbon County and is bordered by Monroe County to the east. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.9 square miles (74.9 km2), of which 27.1 square miles (70.3 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), or 6.15%, is water.[4] It is drained by Aquashicola Creek and Pohopoco Creek into the Lehigh River. The township's northern boundary runs along the base of Call Mountain. Its villages include Forest Inn, Jonesville, Stemlersville, and Trachsville. U.S. Route 209 crosses it east-to-west on the south side of Beltzville Lake.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

The township has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and the hardiness zone is 6a. Average monthly temperatures in Forest Inn range from in 27.0° F in January to 71.2° F in July. [1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
20003,475
20104,47728.8%
Est. 20164,409[2]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,475 people, 1,275 households, and 1,003 families residing in the township. The population density was 128.6 people per square mile (49.7/km²). There were 1,458 housing units at an average density of 54.0/sq mi (20.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.65% White, 0.43% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 1,275 households, out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.3% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,524, and the median income for a family was $51,135. Males had a median income of $36,638 versus $21,103 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,629. About 4.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  • Fred Brenckman (1913). History of Carbon County Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: James J. Nungesser ('gutenberg project' e-reprint).
  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. ^ Fred Brenckman (1913). "Chapter V. Captivity of the Gilbert Family". History of Carbon County Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Publisher: James J. Nungesser ('gutenberg project' e-reprint). p. 62. ... before the ring of the axe was again heard in the forests, and the curling smoke wreaths ascended from the chimneys of the log cabins of Towamensing, as this whole region was then known.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Towamensing township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.