Polk Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania


Welcome to Polk Township

Polk Township occupies 31 square miles of Beautiful Forests and Rolling Pastures between the Kittatinny Ridge and the Pohopoco Mountains in Monroe County, Northeast Pennsylvania   The area was settled in the early 1760’s by The Moravians, who had moved north to this area from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, upon leaving Europe due to religious persecution.  Nearby monuments and historical data reflects a turbulent beginning due to Native American skirmishes.

 By 1825 a one room schoolhouse opened in Kresgeville.   Polk Township was created in 1846 and named for the 11th United States President James K. Polk.  Many descendents of German and Polish heritage have continued to live in the area.  Today, our children attend the Pleasant Valley School District rated in the top 20% of the state.  7,874 people call Polk Township home with a median family income of $57,000.00 and a property value average of $193,000.00.  

 The Township proudly recognizes the local Grundsah Lodge, Historical Society, Veterans Committee, Crime Watch, Aquashicola Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy, and numerous excellent civic organizations.  The Township also hosts The Black Bear Triathlon and Ragnar Relay each year.  The Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company, Fire Police, and Auxiliary provide many outstanding services to residents, with their large main facility located on Interchange Road (RT 209), in Kresgeville and a substation located in Jonas. 

The Polk Township Municipal Building is conveniently located at 165 Polk Township Road, Kresgeville.   Residents may purchase a yearly permit for use of the modern Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center.  A 1% Earned Income Tax is divided between the Township and School District.   Residents are responsible to obtain permits for projects such as: fences, blacktopping driveways, additions, signage, decks, sheds, swimming pools, to name just a few.  Please call the Zoning and Codes Officer at the Township Municipal Building for specific information.

Polk Township now a well developed semi-rural area, can also boast of outstanding natural beauty.  Residents enjoy numerous outdoor activities due to a wonderful climate with average yearly highs of 85 degrees and lows of 20 degrees with an average annual snowfall of 28 inches.  Families and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy easy access to the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers; the 949-acre Beltzville Lake; six local Ski Resorts; and numerous Recreation Sites maintained by National, State, and Local Governments.  Come visit our Township Nature Park along Scenic Drive (RT 534) in Kresgeville.  

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