Township (Pennsylvania)

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Template:Infobox subdivision sr5 A township in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a state of the United States of America, is one of three types of municipalities in the state, along with cities and boroughs. There are two types of townships: first class and second class, each operating under its own laws.[1][2][3]


See also: Civil township

Townships were established based on convenient geographical boundaries and typically vary in size from 6 to 40 square miles (16–104 km2). There are two classifications of townships, first class and second class. To become a first class township, townships of the second class must have a population density of 300 inhabitants per square mile (120/km2) and voters must approve the change of classification in a referendum. However, many townships have chosen to remain second class townships even though they meet the population density requirements to become first class townships.[1]

Any township, regardless of its class, may adopt a home rule charter, at which point it is no longer governed by the Pennsylvania Township Code.

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  1. ^ a b "Townships". Citizen's Guide to Pennsylvania Local Government: 5. 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-05. Pennsylvania has two classes of townships. All townships are second class except where first class status has been approved by the voters. 
  2. ^ "Act of Jun. 24, 1931,P.L. 1206, No. 331 Cl. 73 - "FIRST CLASS TOWNSHIP CODE, THE"". Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Second Class Township Code". Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Retrieved 2015-04-05.