Penn Hills, Pennsylvania

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Municipality of Penn Hills
Home Rule Municipality
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Official seal of Municipality of Penn Hills
Seal
Motto: “A Home Rule Community”
Location of Penn Hills in Allegheny County
Location of Penn Hills in Allegheny County
Municipality of Penn Hills is located in Pennsylvania
Municipality of Penn Hills
Municipality of Penn Hills
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°28′34″N 79°50′0″W / 40.47611°N 79.83333°W / 40.47611; -79.83333Coordinates: 40°28′34″N 79°50′0″W / 40.47611°N 79.83333°W / 40.47611; -79.83333
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyAllegheny
Incorporated1958
Government
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality
Area
 • Total19.3 sq mi (50.0 km2)
 • Land19.0 sq mi (49.3 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total42,329
 • Density1,755/sq mi (678/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code15147, 15235
Area code(s)412, 878
FIPS code42-59040[1]
Websitewww.pennhills.org
 
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For other townships in Pennsylvania with similar names, see Penn Township, Pennsylvania.
Municipality of Penn Hills
Home Rule Municipality
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Official seal of Municipality of Penn Hills
Seal
Motto: “A Home Rule Community”
Location of Penn Hills in Allegheny County
Location of Penn Hills in Allegheny County
Municipality of Penn Hills is located in Pennsylvania
Municipality of Penn Hills
Municipality of Penn Hills
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°28′34″N 79°50′0″W / 40.47611°N 79.83333°W / 40.47611; -79.83333Coordinates: 40°28′34″N 79°50′0″W / 40.47611°N 79.83333°W / 40.47611; -79.83333
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyAllegheny
Incorporated1958
Government
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality
Area
 • Total19.3 sq mi (50.0 km2)
 • Land19.0 sq mi (49.3 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total42,329
 • Density1,755/sq mi (678/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code15147, 15235
Area code(s)412, 878
FIPS code42-59040[1]
Websitewww.pennhills.org

Penn Hills is a large Home Rule Municipality (formerly a township) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 42,329,[2] making it Pittsburgh's second largest suburb by population after Hempfield Township in Westmoreland County. Penn Hills is the largest municipality in Allegheny County, outside the city of Pittsburgh.

History[edit]

In 1788, when Allegheny County was formed, the area now known as Penn Hills was part of Pitt Township. On January 16, 1850, Robert Logan, Thomas Davison and Daniel Bieber were appointed by the court to review the boundaries of a new township to be formed from the northwestern part of Wilkins. This new township was formed and named Adams, until August 1850 when the action of the court was reconsidered to change the name to McNair Township. The name was again changed to Penn Township by Act of Assembly and approved on February 10, 1851. In 1958 Penn Township became Penn Hills Township, and in 1976 Penn Hills became a home rule municipality. The earliest population was given in 1860, when there were 1,821 people living in Penn Township. The population grew to 2,685 in 1870 and 3,291 in 1880. The local high school is Penn Hills High School (PHHS) and the school mascot is an Indian.

Geography[edit]

Penn Hills is located at 40°28′34″N 79°50′0″W / 40.47611°N 79.83333°W / 40.47611; -79.83333 (40.476218, -79.833302).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 19.3 square miles (50 km2), of which 19.0 square miles (49 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 1.40%, is water.

Penn Hills uses the ZIP codes of 15235 and 15147; and the community is within area code 412 and area code 878.

Communities within Penn Hills[edit]

Neighborhoods within Penn Hills include: Blackridge, Churchill Valley, Crescent Hills, Eastmont, Eastvue, Laketon Heights, Lincoln Park, Milltown, Nadine, Newfield, North Bessemer, Penn Ridge, Point Breeze, Rosedale, Sandy Creek, Shannon Heights, Universal, Valemont Heights, and Verona Hilltop.

Streams[edit]

Surrounding communities[edit]

Penn Hills is bordered by several communities:

The Allegheny River borders Penn Hills to the northwest, and across it are O'Hara Township and the borough of Blawnox.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18601,821
18702,68547.4%
18803,29122.6%
18902,932−10.9%
19003,40716.2%
19106,20782.2%
19208,34234.4%
193013,33759.9%
194015,57816.8%
195025,28062.3%
196051,512103.8%
197062,88622.1%
198057,632−8.4%
199051,479−10.7%
200046,809−9.1%
201042,329−9.6%
Est. 201242,302−0.1%
Sources:[5][6][7][8][9][10][1][11]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 42,329 people residing in the township. The population density was 2,268.2 people per square mile (949.7/km²). There were 20,355 housing units at an average density of 1,069.8 per square mile (413.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 60.03% (25,398) White, 37.03% (15,668) African American, 0.98% (409) Asian, 0.01% (4) Pacific Islander, 0.55% from (232) other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% (598) of the population. There is a sizable Italian American population in the township.[citation needed]

There were 19,490 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $39,960, and the median income for a family was $46,971. Males had a median income of $36,143 versus $27,331 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,161. About 5.6% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Penn Hills is served by the Penn Hills School District, which includes: Penn Hills Elementary School, Linton Middle School, and Penn Hills High School[1].

Transportation[edit]

Interstate 376 runs through the southernmost part of Penn Hills, linking it and other eastern suburbs to downtown Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Route 791, more commonly referred to as Rodi Road, connects heavily-traveled Frankstown Road (at PA-791's northern terminus) with I-376 at its southern terminus. Numerous restaurants, fast food locations, stores, gas stations, and hotels can be found on Rodi, as many truckers/travelers using I-376 use the Penn Hills exit to refuel, or even stay overnight.

For air travel, Pittsburgh International Airport, located in the western portion of the county, is most commonly used. However, the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin is also still in use.

Several bus lines of the Port Authority of Allegheny County offer service to Downtown Pittsburgh, and the Port Authority also has several routes and "flyers" located in Penn Hills.

Major Roads[edit]

Government/elected officials[edit]

Government[edit]

The Penn Hills Municipal Building is located at 12245 Frankstown Road. This is the home to all municipal offices, including the Penn Hills Police Department. Penn Hills EMS is dispatched out of the municipal building. Location of municipal building via Google Maps

Notable Residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Penn Hills township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Plum Creek". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties". 1870 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties". 1880 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Population-Pennsylvania". U.S. Census 1910. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee". Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau. 
  9. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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