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Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania

Smithfield Township
The Shawnee-Minisink Site
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 41°02′00″N 75°06′59″W / 41.03333°N 75.11639°W / 41.03333; -75.11639
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyMonroe
Area
 • Total23.59 sq mi (61.10 km2)
 • Land22.94 sq mi (59.41 km2)
 • Water0.65 sq mi (1.69 km2)
Elevation
840 ft (260 m)
Population
 • Total7,357
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
7,314
 • Density318.87/sq mi (123.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-089-71344

Smithfield Township is a township in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,672 at the 2000 census.

History

"In 1746, the first action was taken for the formation of Smithfield Township, the first municipal division north of the Blue Mountains. The petition contained the names of twenty-seven landholders."[3] The township comprised all the settlements above the mountains. Originally in Bucks County, Smithfield Township was erected in 1748.[4] "In 1752, when Northampton County was set off from Bucks County, it comprised all of Smithfield which included what is now Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne" Counties.[5]

The Shawnee-Minisink Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Worthington Hall was listed in 1978 and delisted in 1986 after being demolished.[6]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.9 square miles (61.8 km2), of which, 23.2 square miles (60.0 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (2.93%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
20005,672
20107,35729.7%
Est. 20167,314[2]−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 5,672 people, 2,084 households, and 1,535 families residing in the township. The population density was 244.7 people per square mile (94.5/km2). There were 3,028 housing units at an average density of 130.6/sq mi (50.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 87.78% White, 5.62% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.00% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.39% of the population.

There were 2,084 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,607, and the median income for a family was $57,526. Males had a median income of $40,863 versus $28,772 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,627. About 5.2% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

See also

Smithfield SDA Church

References

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Luther S. Hoffman, The Unwritten History of Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania (East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: The Artcraft Press, 1938), p. 4.
  4. ^ "Local History Articles," database, Monroe County [Pennsylvania] Historical Association ([www.monroehistorical.org]: accessed 24 September 2018), Our earliest townships: Smithfield and Hamilton, by Amy Leiser, February 02, 2011.
  5. ^ Luther S. Hoffman, The Unwritten History of Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania (East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: The Artcraft Press, 1938), p. 4.
  6. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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