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Township Population Figures Soar in PA

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

In Pennsylvania’s population race, townships are clearly the winners, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.

Statistics show that between 2010 and 2013, more than three-quarters of Pennsylvania’s population growth, or 78.9 percent, occurred in townships. Cities saw growth, too — a 27.4 percent increase — while the population in the commonwealth’s boroughs declined by 6.3 percent.

As a result, 56 percent of Pennsylvanians now live in townships, 24.3 percent in cities, and 19.7 percent in boroughs.

Since 2010, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, gained 1,745 residents, the highest number for any township. Rounding out the top five for growth are Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, with 1,426 additional residents; Cranberry Township, Butler County, with 1,392; Benner Township, Centre County, with 1,280; and Moon Township, Allegheny County, with 1,077.

Meanwhile, Stroud Township in Monroe County lost the most residents, 366, or 1.9 percent of its population. Close behind it were Chestnuthill Township in Monroe County, which lost 355 residents; Hempfield Township in Westmoreland County, which lost 278; Richland Township in Cambria County, which declined by 272; and Middle Smithfield Township in Monroe County, which dropped by 226.

Among other local governments, Philadelphia remains the commonwealth’s largest city with a population gain of 27,159 residents between 2010 and 2013. Pittsburgh ranks second but grew by just 139 residents during the same time frame. Erie, on the other hand, lost the most residents, 1,113, of any Pennsylvania city.

For boroughs, the most significant growth occurred in Franklin Park, Allegheny County, which added 563 residents since 2010. On the flip side, Clarion in Clarion County experienced the greatest population loss with a decline of 340 residents.