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Township (Pennsylvania)

Location of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States of America.
Category Third-level administrative division
Location Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

A township in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a federated state of the United States of America, is one of four types of municipalities in the state, along with home rule municipalities, cities, and boroughs. There are two types of townships: First Class and Second Class, each operating under its own laws.[1][2][3]


See also: Civil township

Townships were established based on convenient geographical boundaries and vary in size from Script error: No such module "convert".. There are two classifications of townships, first class and second class. To become a first class township, townships of the second class must have a population density of Script error: No such module "convert". and voters must approve the change of classification in a referendum. However, many townships have chosen to remain second class townships even though they meet the population density requirements to become first class townships.[1] Any township, regardless of its class, may adopt a home rule charter, at which point it is no longer governed by the Pennsylvania Township Code.

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  1. ^ a b "Townships". Citizen's Guide to Pennsylvania Local Government: 5. 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-05. Pennsylvania has two classes of townships. All townships are second class except where first class status has been approved by the voters. 
  2. ^ "Act of Jun. 24, 1931,P.L. 1206, No. 331 Cl. 73 - "FIRST CLASS TOWNSHIP CODE, THE"". Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Second Class Township Code". Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 

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