Shippen Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
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Shippen Township is a township in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 527 at the 2010 census. Two Pennsylvania state parks, Colton Point and Leonard Harrison are in Shippen Township at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Airport is also located on Pennsylvania Route 362 in Shippen Township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 48.9 square miles (126.6 km2), of which, 48.8 square miles (126.5 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.06%) is water.
Shippen Township is bordered by Chatham Township to the north and east and Delmar Township to the east and south. Elk Township borders the southwest corner. Gaines Township forms the western border. Shippen Township is bordered by Clymer Township to the northwest.
As of the census of 2000, there were 472 people, 177 households, and 135 families residing in the township. The population density was 9.7 people per square mile (3.7/km2). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 6.9/sq mi (2.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.52% White, 0.21% Asian, and 1.27% from two or more races.
There were 177 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the township the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $27,212, and the median income for a family was $30,357. Males had a median income of $30,375 versus $21,071 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,544. About 6.8% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations
- Ansonia – A village on U.S. Route 6 in the central part of the township.
- Asaph – A village in the eastern part of the township, a few miles northeast of Ansonia.
- Colton Point State Park – A state park on the western side of Pine Creek.
- Leonard Harrison State Park – A state park on the eastern side of Pine Creek.
- Marsh Creek – A village near the eastern township line, named after a creek with the same name.
- Owassee – An area along Pine Creek in the southern part of the township near Colton Point State Park.
- Pine Creek Gorge – A scenic area that begins in the southern part of the township, also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.
- Tioga State Forest – The Tioga State Forest covers most of northern Shippen Township.
- Wellsboro Johnston Airport – An airport on the eastern township line that serves the Wellsboro area.
The Township is governed by three locally elected Township Supervisors.
- County level
Three, elected at large, County Commissioners.
- State level
- Matt Baker - State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 68
- Joe Scarnati - State Senator, Pennsylvania Senate, District 25
- Federal level
- Glenn Thompson, Republican, Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district
- Pat Toomey, US Senator
- Bob Casey, Jr., US Senator
Residents of Shippen Township may attend the local, public schools operated by Wellsboro Area School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2013, the District's enrollment declined to 1,526 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2013, Wellsboro Area School District ranked 311th out of 498 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils, by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Shippen Township residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 14 public cyber charter schools (in 2013) at no additional cost to the parents. The resident's public school district is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools. By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Wellsboro Area School District were: Elementary School - $8,343.38, High School - $9,951.51.
BLaST Intermediate Unit #17 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Shippen Township. Early screening for education related disabilities, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements.
Community members have access to the Green Free Library in Wellsboro; the Westfield Public Library which is located on Maple Street, in Westfield; the Mansfield Library in Mansfield and to the statewide PA Power Library  which is an online library funded with tax dollars from the state's education budget.
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a state university located in Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Residents may take courses at a discounted tuition rate for state residents.