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Fairview Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania

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Fairview Township is a township in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States along the southern shore of Lake Erie. The population was 10,102 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Fairview Township, Erie County,
Sturgeon House in Fairview
Location in Erie County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Location in Erie County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
 • Total29.16 sq mi (75.53 km2)
 • Land28.91 sq mi (74.86 km2)
 • Water0.26 sq mi (0.66 km2)
 • Total10,102
 • Estimate 
 • Density351.15/sq mi (135.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (EDT)
Area code(s)814



Fairview Township was settled in 1797. Fairview is one of the original 16 townships in Erie County. The name was derived from the exclamation of businessman Colonel Thomas Forster in 1797, who declared as he looked out over the land he had purchased at the mouth of Walnut Creek: "This is the fairest view I have seen yet."[4] Fairview is one of the original townships of the county, but its size was largely reduced by the formation of Girard Township, which took place in 1832.[5] Early in the 19th century, stagecoaches traveled through Fairview. In 1844, the Erie Extension Canal began operating. By 1961, Interstate 90 and a local interchange were constructed in the township.The Sturgeon House, a historic home now serving as a museum, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[6] In 1998 Fairview Township annexed the former Fairview Borough.[7]


Fairview Township is bounded to the north by Lake Erie, to the west by Girard Township, to the south by Franklin Township, to the southeast by McKean Township, and to the northeast by Millcreek Township. The township includes the communities of Fairview and Avonia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.2 square miles (75.5 km2), of which 29.0 square miles (75.0 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.66 percent, is water.[3]


Census Pop.
Est. 201610,150[2]0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2010 there were 10,102 people, 4,018 households, and 2,831 families residing in the township. The population density was 347.7 people per square mile (134.3/km²). There were 3,711 housing units at an average density of 127.3/sq mi (49.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.61 percent White, 0.62 percent African American, 0.01 percent Native American, 0.65 percent Asian, 0.24 percent from other races, and 0.67 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68 percent of the population.

There were 4,018 households, out of which 36.0 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.1 percent were married couples living together, 7.2 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9 percent were non-families. 16.9 percent of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.4 percent under the age of 18, 3.4 percent from 18 to 24, 26.5 percent from 25 to 49, 25.2 percent from 50 to 64, and 20.4 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,600, and the median income for a family was $61,764. Males had a median income of $45,818 versus $27,813 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,397. About 2.3 percent of families and 3.6 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7 percent of those under age 18 and 3.1 percent of those age 65 or over.


Fairview Township is served by the Fairview School District. The mission of the Fairview School District is to prepare all of its students to compete successfully in a global society. The district will carry out this mission through the use of technology, partnership with area businesses, staff development, appropriate facilities, and a comprehensive curriculum. Schools in the district are:

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  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Fairview township, Erie County, Pennsylvania". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  4. ^ [ Samuel P. Bates, History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, (Warner, Beers & Co.: Chicago, 1884), Township Histories, Chapter VIII, pp. 739-749.
  5. ^ Bates, Samuel (1884). History of Erie county, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Warner, Beers & co. pp. 739--749.
  6. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  7. ^ Boren, Jeremy (January 25, 2009). "City debt concern delays merger with county". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Tribune Review Publishing Co. Retrieved October 16, 2009.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Erie County Demographics" (PDF). Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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