Washington Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania

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Washington Township,
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
The Deer Lick Shelters on the Appalachian Trail in Washington Township
The Deer Lick Shelters on the Appalachian Trail in Washington Township
Map of Franklin County, Pennsylvania highlighting Washington Township
Map of Franklin County, Pennsylvania highlighting Washington Township
Map of Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Map of Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Franklin
Settled 1735
Incorporated 1779
 • Total 39.06 sq mi (101.16 km2)
 • Land 39.05 sq mi (101.14 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,009
 • Density 359/sq mi (138.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717
Website www.washtwp-franklin.org
Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 11,559
2010 14,009 21.2%

Washington Township is a township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 14,009 at the 2010 census,[1] up from 11,559 at the 2000 census.


Handycraft Farmstead, Harbaugh's Reformed Church, Jeremiah Burns Farm, Red Run Lodge, Monterey Historic District, Springdale Mills, Waynesboro Armory, and the Welty's Mill Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


The township occupies the southeast corner of Franklin County, bounded to the east by Adams County and to the south by Washington and Frederick counties in the state of Maryland. The township surrounds the borough of Waynesboro, a separate municipality.

The western two-thirds of the township are in the Great Appalachian Valley, while the eastern third is on the ridges and valleys of South Mountain. The Appalachian Trail traverses South Mountain through the township.

Pennsylvania Route 16 crosses the township and passes through Waynesboro, leading east to Emmitsburg, Maryland, and west to Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Routes 316 and 997 are north-south roads through the township, both passing through Waynesboro.

Unincorporated communities in the township include Wayne Heights, Rouzerville, Pen Mar, Blue Ridge Summit, and Monterey.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 39.1 square miles (101.2 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.02%, is water.[1] The township is drained by the East and West Branches of Antietam Creek, a south-flowing tributary of the Potomac River. The extreme east end of the township lies east of the crest of South Mountain and is part of the Monocacy River watershed, another tributary of the Potomac.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,559 people, 4,577 households, and 3,469 families residing in the township. The population density was 297.2 people per square mile (114.8/km²). There were 4,840 housing units at an average density of 124.4/sq mi (48.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.08% White, 1.01% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 4,577 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,165, and the median income for a family was $51,791. Males had a median income of $36,255 versus $25,192 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,673. About 2.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Washington township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 39°46′00″N 77°37′59″W / 39.76667°N 77.63306°W / 39.76667; -77.63306