Potter Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°40′24″N 80°19′39″W / 40.67333°N 80.32750°W / 40.67333; -80.32750
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Potter Township, Pennsylvania
Raccoon Creek in Potter Township, near its mouth
Raccoon Creek in Potter Township, near its mouth
Location in Beaver County and state of Pennsylvania
Location in Beaver County and state of Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.93 sq mi (17.95 km2)
 • Land6.46 sq mi (16.74 km2)
 • Water0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Total522 Decrease
 • Estimate 
 • Density88.83/sq mi (34.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-007-62352

Potter Township is a township in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. It is States and is part of the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 522 at the 2020 census.[2] It is home to the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.[3][4]


Potter Township is located in central Beaver County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.9 km2), of which 6.4 square miles (16.7 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 6.75%, is water.[5]

The Ohio River forms Potter Township's northern boundary. Raccoon Creek flows through Potter Township to its confluence with the Ohio.[6] Since 1950, Potter Township has been considered a suburb of Pittsburgh by the U.S. Census Bureau.[7]

Surrounding neighborhoods[edit]

Potter Township has two land borders with Center Township from the west to the south and Raccoon Township from the south to the west. Across the Ohio River, Potter Township runs adjacent with, from east to west, Beaver, Vanport Township with a direct connector via Vanport Bridge on the Beaver Valley Expressway I-376, and Industry.


Historical population
2021 (est.)516[2]−1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
A towboat and barge on the Ohio River below the construction of the Shell Cracker Plant, January 2019.

As of the 2000 census,[9] there were 580 people, 210 households, and 168 families residing in the township. The population density was 94.6 inhabitants per square mile (36.5/km2). There were 222 housing units at an average density of 36.2 per square mile (14.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 99.14% White, 0.34% Native American, and 0.52% from two or more races.

There were 210 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the township, the population was spread out, with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $48,438, and the median income for a family was $51,500. Males had a median income of $38,000 versus $19,219 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,451. About 1.7% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". Census.gov. US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  3. ^ "Shell to build billion-dollar 'cracker' in Beaver County - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Shell confirms it will build cracker plant in Potter TWP. | Shell Cracker Plant | timesonline.com". Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Potter township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  6. ^ DeLorme. Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer. 8th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2003, 56. ISBN 0-89933-280-3.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 13, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

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