Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Foster Township,
Luzerne County,
Main Street in Eckley
Main Street in Eckley
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Foster Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Foster Township
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Settled 1824
Incorporated 1855
 • Total 45.2 sq mi (117.0 km2)
 • Land 44.9 sq mi (116.2 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,467
 • Density 77/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Foster Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,467 at the 2010 census.[1] It was first settled in 1824 by John Lines and incorporated as a township in 1855.[2]


The Eckley Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 45.2 square miles (117.0 km2), of which 44.9 square miles (116.2 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 0.63%, is water. It contains the census-designated place of Hickory Hills.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,323 people, 1,268 households, and 882 families residing in the township. The population density was 74.1 people per square mile (28.6/km2). There were 1,657 housing units at an average density of 37.0/sq mi (14.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.13% White, 1.11% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 1,268 households, out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the township the population was spread out, with 19.5% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,307, and the median income for a family was $43,065. Males had a median income of $35,589 versus $24,051 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,824. About 2.3% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Foster township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 17, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Krivak, pat (1998). "Foster Township, Luzerne Co., Pa". Retrieved 2009-01-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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