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South Abington township, PA map Land area: 9.0 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.
Population: 8,638 (94% urban, 6% rural)
Males: 4,146  (48.0%)
Females: 4,492  (52.0%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 7,954 (6,654 owner occupied, 1,300 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

16%
State:

29%


Races in South Abington township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 95.5%
  • Black: 0.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 2.3%
  • Two or more races: 0.4%
  • Some other race: 0.0%

Median age of males: 37.0
Median age of females: 38.0

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Average household size: 2.71

South Abington township:

2.7 people
Pennsylvania:

2.5 people

Average family size: 3.20

Estimated median household income in 2009: $75,565 ($58,504 in 1999)
This township:

$75,565
Pennsylvania:

$49,520

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $813 (lower quartile is $648, upper quartile is $947)
Here:

$813
State:

$597

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $227,933 (it was $144,400 in 2000)
South Abington township:

$227,933
Pennsylvania:

$164,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $145,738 - $324,641

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $292,114
Here:

$292,114
State:

$223,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $133,415
Here:

$133,415
State:

$164,518

In 2-unit structures: $188,850
Here:

$188,850
State:

$166,566

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $210,496
Here:

$210,496
State:

$223,507

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $178,076
Here:

$178,076
State:

$225,726

Mobile homes: $61,589
Here:

$61,589
State:

$35,442
Population density: 963 people per square mile 
 
 (very high).

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

2.6%
Whole state:

11.0%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

0.8%
Whole state:

5.1%

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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in South Abington township: Abington Executive Industrial Park (A), Acker Industrial Park (B), Scranton Country Club (C), Chinchilla Hose Company Station 2A (D), Chinchilla Hose Company Station 2 (E), Greenwood Mausoleum (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Abington Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in South Abington township: House of the Good Shepherd (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Abington Hill Cemetery (1), Leach Cemetery (2), Shady Lane Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lance Pond (A), Maple Lake (B), Summit Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Summit Lake Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 436 (50% naturalized citizens)

South Abington township:  5.0%
State:  4.1%

60% of South Abington township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 34% lived in Pennsylvania.

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 6276
  • Northeast: 933
  • Midwest: 521
  • South: 328
  • West: 164

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $82,500

South Abington township, Pennsylvania satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 2.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in South Abington township, Pennsylvania:

  • 480 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 167 people in nursing homes
  • 23 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 9 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 2,374
  • One, attached: 167
  • Two: 64
  • 3 or 4: 126
  • 5 to 9: 138
  • 10 to 19: 122
  • 20 to 49: 20
  • 50 or more: 30
  • Mobile homes: 36

Median worth of mobile homes: $27,500


Housing units in South Abington township with a mortgage: 1,576 (108 second mortgage, 224 home equity loan, 19 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 589

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 113
  • 1995 to 1998: 352
  • 1990 to 1994: 393
  • 1980 to 1989: 491
  • 1970 to 1979: 702
  • 1960 to 1969: 407
  • 1950 to 1959: 255
  • 1940 to 1949: 127
  • 1939 or earlier: 237

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in South Abington township, Pennsylvania:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 14
  • 4 rooms: 42
  • 5 rooms: 247
  • 6 rooms: 485
  • 7 rooms: 428
  • 8 rooms: 507
  • 9 or more rooms: 617

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in South Abington township, Pennsylvania:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 29
  • 3 rooms: 116
  • 4 rooms: 185
  • 5 rooms: 168
  • 6 rooms: 63
  • 7 rooms: 26
  • 8 rooms: 27
  • 9 or more rooms: 0

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in South Abington township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 30
  • 2 bedrooms: 221
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,134
  • 4 bedrooms: 828
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 127

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in South Abington township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 189
  • 2 bedrooms: 303
  • 3 bedrooms: 89
  • 4 bedrooms: 33
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 0

Cars and other vehicles available in South Abington township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 72
  • 1 vehicle: 511
  • 2 vehicles: 1,251
  • 3 vehicles: 427
  • 4 vehicles: 52
  • 5 or more vehicles: 27

Cars and other vehicles available in South Abington township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 43
  • 1 vehicle: 354
  • 2 vehicles: 168
  • 3 vehicles: 39
  • 4 vehicles: 10
  • 5 or more vehicles: 0

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Construction (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Metal and metal products (9%)
  • Truck transportation (9%)
  • Repair and maintenance (9%)
  • Food (7%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (6%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (25%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (6%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Personal and laundry services (6%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Other production occupations including supervisors (23%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Material moving workers except laborers and material movers, hand (6%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Personal appearance workers (6%)
  • Child care workers (6%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in South Abington township:

  • Italian (21.9%)
  • Irish (17.8%)
  • German (12.8%)
  • English (7.6%)
  • Polish (7.2%)
  • Welsh (5.3%)
  • Lithuanian (2.7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents:

  • Iran (22%)
  • India (19%)
  • Canada (14%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Italy (5%)
  • Greece (4%)
  • Ireland (4%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,504 (84%)
  • Carpooled: 386 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 103 (2%)
  • Other means: 11 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 145 (3%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (59%)
  • Electricity (27%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Coal or coke (1%)

People in group quarters in South Abington township, Pennsylvania:

  • 480 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 167 people in nursing homes
  • 23 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 9 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

93.2% of residents of South Abington township speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 48% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
4.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (31% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 44% speak English not well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 8,022
  • In family households: 7,228 (1,999 male householders, 257 female householders)
    2,103 spouses, 2,596 children (2,495 natural, 72 adopted, 29 stepchildren), 67 grandchildren, 51 brothers or sisters, 88 parents, 35 other relatives, 32 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 794 (295 male householders (259 living alone)), 404 female householders (360 living alone)), 95 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 683 (173 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 890 2-persons, 492 3-persons, 576 4-persons, 194 5-persons, 65 6-persons, 39 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 619 1-person, 65 2-persons, 15 3-persons,

1,965 married couples with children.
192 single-parent households (31 men, 161 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 227
Here:

20.2%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 75
Here:

16.3%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 628
Here:

84.9%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in South Abington township:

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