Clifford Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

Clifford Township is a township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,408 at the 2010 census.

Clifford Township, Pennsylvania
A country road in Clifford Township
A country road in Clifford Township
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 41°40′27″N 75°33′15″W / 41.67417°N 75.55417°W / 41.67417; -75.55417Coordinates: 41°40′27″N 75°33′15″W / 41.67417°N 75.55417°W / 41.67417; -75.55417
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountySusquehanna
Settled1799
Incorporated1806
Area
 • Total40.93 sq mi (106.00 km2)
 • Land40.48 sq mi (104.84 km2)
 • Water0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total2,408
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
2,301
 • Density56.85/sq mi (21.95/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
18407, 18413, 18421, 18441, 18446, 18470
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-115-14224

HistoryEdit

Clifford Township was formed in 1806 from parts of Nicholson Township (Nicholson Twp is now called Lenox).[3] The new township was named for "a man by the name of Clifford in Philadelphia", with the expectation that this man would pay for the honor of having a town named for him. He did not pay.[4]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 40.9 square miles (106 km2), of which, 40.5 square miles (105 km2) of it is land and 0.45 square miles (1.2 km2) of it (1.1%) is water.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
20102,408
2016 (est.)2,301[2]−4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 2,408 people, 990 households, and 679 families residing in the township. The population density was 59.5 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 1,278 housing units at an average density of 31.5/sq mi (12.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 990 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the township the population was spread out, with 19.4% under the age of 18, 63.9% from 18 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,030, and the median income for a family was $48,333. Males had a median income of $42,153 versus $35,506 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,412. About 7.5% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 15.3% of those age 65 or over.

Clifford PicnicEdit

The Clifford Picnic is a fair usually celebrated during the last full week in July. The picnic is local institution and a fund raising event for the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Department.[7]

The first picnic was held August 1949. As this meant that stands and tents needed to be erected each year, the Fire Company purchased 21 acres (85,000 m2) of land including a small pond.[7]

This location is known locally simply as "the Picnic grounds", but may also be called "the Clifford Carnival grounds", "the Clifford Picnic grounds", or, since they built a new station on the grounds in the last decade, "the fire house".

The Clifford Twp. Volunteer Fire Company is home to a miniature railroad that once existed at Rocky Glen Park in Moosic, Pennsylvania. The train was added to Rocky Glen back in 1924 and was a part of the Nallin-Jennings Park's side of Rocky Glen (John Nallin and Joseph Jennings) as the park at the time was split into two. It operated in the same area the 1905 Miniature Railroad did with a slightly different path, which in the 1980s would be where the Jet Coaster was located. The railroad operated until the early 1950s, when Nallin-Jennings's side of Rocky Glen suffered the Fire of 1950, which destroyed Nallin-Jennings's 3 major rides including the Pippin Coaster, The Fun House (the remodeled Crystal Dance Pavilion) and the Tokyo Canal water ride an Old Mill type ride. With barely anything left but a few rides, what was left of Nallin-Jennings's side was sold to Benjamin & Lena Balka, who in turn immediately sold it to Ben & Mae Sterling, who were the owners of the other half of the park. Because Sterling had now control of the whole park, during the years of 1951 to 1954 they began removing the duplication of rides that existed on both sides of the park and, by 1954, finally tore down the back half of the Pippin Coaster which stood for 4 years. Sterling had his own Miniature Railroad that went out along the "Million Dollar" Roller Coaster and was a much better attraction because of the proximity to the lake and large coaster. The now former Nallin-Jennings Miniature Railroad was 'dismantled' and then sold by new owner Ben Sterling to persons from the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company, where it has remained with some modifications over the years to keep it going. As of 2018, it will be its 94th year in operation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Township Incorporations, 1790 to 1853". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Gibson Township". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Retrieved 31 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b Clifford Township News Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine, Issue 6, July 2004

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