A township in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a state of the United States of America, is a unit of local government (see civil township) subordinate to a county, and distinct from cities and boroughs. Townships were established based on convenient geographical boundaries and vary in size from six to forty square miles (15–104 km²). 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 300 inhabitants per square mile (120 /km2) 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]

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