Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania

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Tyrone Township,
Adams County,
Snyder's Fording Covered Bridge
Snyder's Fording Covered Bridge
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Adams
Settled 1749
Incorporated 1749
 • Total 21.6 sq mi (55.9 km2)
 • Land 21.5 sq mi (55.6 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,298
 • Density 107/sq mi (41.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717
Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 2,273
2010 2,298 1.1%

Tyrone Township is a township in Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,298 at the 2010 census.[1]

It was named after County Tyrone in Ireland.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 21.6 square miles (55.9 km2), of which 21.5 square miles (55.6 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.41%, is water.[1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,273 people, 785 households, and 616 families residing in the township. The population density was 105.9 people per square mile (40.9/km²). There were 835 housing units at an average density of 38.9/sq mi (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.81% White, 1.28% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 1.94% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.06% of the population.

There were 785 households, out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $43,523, and the median income for a family was $45,962. Males had a median income of $30,102 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,456. About 5.9% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.


Map of Adams County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Tyrone Township may attend the local, public schools operated by Upper Adams School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. By 2013, the District's enrollment declined to 1,669 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2013, Upper Adams School District ranked 276th out of 498 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils, by the Pittsburgh Business Times.[3]

Tyrone Township residents may also chose between 2 local bricks and mortar charter schools: Vida Charter School and Gettysburg Montessori Charter School. In Pennsylvania residents may attend public charter schools at no cost to the parents. The tuition is paid by their public school system. By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders.

Vida Charter School is a public school located in the Eisenhower Center, 120 E. Broadway, Gettysburg. Vida Charter school offers full day kindergarten through 6th grade. In 2013, Vida Charter School achieved a score 81.1 of out of 100. The score reflects on grade level: reading, science, writing and mathematics achievement.[4] In 2012, Vida Charter School achieved AYP status.

Gettysburg Montessori Charter School is a full day Kindergarten through 6th grade public charter school operating at 120 E Broadway, Gettysburg. The School achieved AYP in 2011 and 2012.[5] In 2013, Gettysburg Montessori Charter School achieved a score of 64 out of 100.[6]

Tyrone Township residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 14 public cyber charter schools (in 2013) at no additional cost to the parents. The resident’s public school district is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[7] [8] Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Upper Adams School District were: Elementary School - $9,182.51, High School - $8,949.98.[9]

Tyrone Township high school aged students and adults living in the Township can attend the taxpayer funded Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School for training in the trades. Students can earn industry certifications. Students attending the school can also earn college credits, while still in high school. Additionally, the School offers a Cooperative Education program where students are placed with an employer in entry-level position to develop job skills while being paid.[10]

Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Tyrone Township. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements.

Community members have access to the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville; the Adams County Historical Society Library which is located on 111 Seminary Ridge, in Gettysburg; the Adams County Law Library located in the Court House, 117 Baltimore St Rm 305 in Gettysburg and to the statewide PA Power Library [1] which is an online library funded with tax dollars from the state's education budget.

At Harrisburg Area Community College Gettysburg Campus, Tyrone Township residents have access to college courses at a discounted tuition rate for state residents. Upper Adams School District is not a tax funding district of the College.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Tyrone township, Adams County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 5, 2013). "Guide to Pennsylvania Schools Statewide ranking 2013". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Vida Charter School Academic Performance Data 2013". 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Gettysburg Montessori Charter School AYP Overview 2012". 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Gettysburg Montessori Charter School, Academic Performance Data 2013". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (May 2012). "Pennsylvania Public School District Tuition Rates". 
  10. ^ Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School Administration (2014). "Cooperative Education Information". 

Coordinates: 39°57′54″N 77°10′10″W / 39.96500°N 77.16944°W / 39.96500; -77.16944