Thornhurst Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

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Thornhurst Township

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A wetland in Thornhurst Township
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Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 41°13′00″N75°37′59″W / 41.21667°N 75.63306°W / 41.21667; -75.63306 Coordinates: 41°13′00″N75°37′59″W / 41.21667°N 75.63306°W / 41.21667; -75.63306
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lackawanna
Area [1]
  Total 23.12 sq mi (59.88 km2)
  Land 22.90 sq mi (59.30 km2)
  Water 0.22 sq mi (0.58 km2)
Elevation 1,903 ft (580 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 1,085
  Estimate (2016) [2] 1,051
  Density 45.90/sq mi (17.72/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-069-76601
Incorporated 1878, as Lehigh Township
Renamed 1996, as Thornhurst Township
Website www.thornhursttwp.com

Thornhurst Township is a township in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,085 at the 2010 census.

Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania County in Pennsylvania, United States

Lackawanna County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 214,437. Its county seat and largest city is Scranton.

Pennsylvania State of the United States of America

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The township was established in 1878 as Lehigh Township, named for the Lehigh River. In 1996, to eliminate confusion between this and the township of the same name in Wayne County, the township changed its name to Thornhurst, the name of a community within the southern portion of the township. [3]

Lehigh River river located in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States

The Lehigh River, a tributary of the Delaware River, is a 109-mile-long (175 km) river located in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. Part of the Lehigh, along with a number of its tributaries, is designated a Pennsylvania Scenic River by the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "Lehigh" is an Anglicization of the Lenape name for the river, Lechewuekink, meaning "where there are forks".

Lehigh Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania Township in Pennsylvania, United States

Lehigh Township is a second-class township in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The township's population was 1,881 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

Wayne County, Pennsylvania County in the United States

Wayne is a sixth-class county in Pennsylvania. The county's population was 52,822 at the time of the 2010 census. The county seat is the Borough of Honesdale. The county was formed from part of Northampton County on March 21, 1798, and was named for the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.2 square miles (60.2 km²), of which, 23.0 square miles (59.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (1.03%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 1,085
Est. 20161,051 [2] −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [4]

As of the census [5] of 2010, there were 1,085 people, 431 households, and 303 families residing in the township. The population density was 47.2 people per square mile. There were 617 housing units at an average density of 26.8/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 95.9% White, 1.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

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Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

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There were 431 households, out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% 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 2.95.

Marriage social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 62.7% from 18 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5 years.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,083, and the median income for a family was $60,750. Males had a median income of $46,625 versus $44,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,859. About 8.5% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Per capita income mean income of the people in an economic unit such as a country or city

Per capita income (PCI) or average income measures the average income earned per person in a given area in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population.

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" . Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. "Thornhurst Township History". Thornhurst Township. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  4. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
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