Scott Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania

Scott Township is a township in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,113 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 4,768 at the 2000 census.

Scott Township,
Columbia County,
A housing development in Scott Township
A housing development in Scott Township
Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Scott Township
Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Scott Township
Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
 • Total7.46 sq mi (19.33 km2)
 • Land7.00 sq mi (18.12 km2)
 • Water0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Total5,113
 • Estimate 
 • Density721.52/sq mi (278.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-037-68392


Scott Township is at the geographic center of Columbia County and is bordered to the west by the town of Bloomsburg (the county seat), to the northwest by Mount Pleasant Township, to the north by Orange Township, to the east by North Centre and South Centre townships, and to the south by the Susquehanna River, across which are Main Township to the south and Catawissa Township to the southwest. Unincorporated communities in Scott Township include Lightstreet in the north, Almedia in the southeast, and Espy in the southwest.

Interstate 80 crosses the township from east to west, with access from Exit 236 (Pennsylvania Route 487) between Lightstreet and Bloomsburg. U.S. Route 11 runs through the southern part of the township parallel to the Susquehanna, passing along the northern edges of Espy and Almedia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.3 km2), of which 7.0 square miles (18.1 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 6.28%, is water.[3]


Scott Township was first settled in the 1770s, mostly by people of English descent who came to the township from New Jersey. The soil in the township was fertile, but the biggest wealth in the township came from iron ore mining. From 1780 to 1850 there were fisheries along the Susquehanna River that brought wealth to the township. The fishing industry stopped around 1850 because of overfishing.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)5,047[2]−1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 4,768 people, 2,010 households, and 1,404 families residing in the township. The population density was 671.8 people per square mile (259.3/km2). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 294.5/sq mi (113.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.50% White, 0.29% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 2,010 households, out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the township the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,123, and the median income for a family was $52,286. Males had a median income of $37,010 versus $29,063 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,791. About 4.2% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.


+ This community is partly in an adjacent township.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Scott township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Scott Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania (PA)".
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "google maps". 2012. Retrieved 2012. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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Coordinates: 41°02′00″N 76°24′59″W / 41.03333°N 76.41639°W / 41.03333; -76.41639