About Our Township

South Abington Township was created in 1867 when the larger Abington region was split into north and south parcels.  It is the largest municipality in “The Abingtons”, and third largest in Lackawanna County. The Township will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2017.

The boroughs of Clarks Summit and Clarks Green (which are surrounded by South Abington) were later carved out of this southern region of the Abingtons; thus the Township’s slogan, “Gateway to the Abingtons”.

The Township Building is located at 104 Shady Lane Road, South Abington Township; the geographical location is depicted below.


office map

Our mailing address is PO Box 259, Chinchilla PA  18410.

Township Administration office hours are 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and can be reached by telephoning 570-586-2111 and following the voice instructions.

The Township Police Department operates 24 hours per day, and serves not only South Abington Township, but, Newton and Ransom as well.  Office staff are present Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and can be reached by telephoning 570-586-2111 and following the voice instructions.

The fax telephone number for Township business is 570-586-5448.


  • Lowest Elevation:                                             1000′            Leggett’s Creek
  • Highest Elevation:                                            1950′            Bell Mountain
  • Population:                                                       9073
  • Median Age:                                                     42.2 years
  • Housing Units:                                                  3604
  • Median Home Value:                                        $212,400
  • Median Family Income:                                    $75,703
  • Road System:                                                   23.76 state miles, 39.43 local miles
  • School District:                                                 Abington Heights


District         Ward

    1                 1                             Heritage Baptist Church, 415 Venard Rd

    1                 2                             Heritage Baptist Church, 415 Venard Rd

    2                                                Summit Baptish Church, 232 Noble Rd

    3                 1                             Chinchilla Hose Co, 113 Shady Lane Rd

    3                 2                             Chinchilla UM Church, 411 Layton Rd

Post Offices serving South Abington Township

Clarks Summit                                           18411                                                                South Abington Township                          18411                                                           Chinchilla                                                   18410