Baldwin, Pennsylvania

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Baldwin, Pennsylvania
North Zion Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Pennsylvania
North Zion Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Pennsylvania
Etymology: Henry Baldwin
"Just a Nice Place to Live!"
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Baldwin is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Baldwin
Baldwin is located in the United States
Baldwin (the United States)
Baldwin is located in North America
Baldwin (North America)
Coordinates: 40°21′26″N 79°58′10″W / 40.35722°N 79.96944°W / 40.35722; -79.96944Coordinates: 40°21′26″N 79°58′10″W / 40.35722°N 79.96944°W / 40.35722; -79.96944
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
IncorporatedOctober 27, 1950
 • MayorDavid Depretis (D)
 • Total5.88 sq mi (15.22 km2)
 • Land5.77 sq mi (14.94 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
1,214 ft (370 m)
 • Total21,510
 • Density3,727.90/sq mi (1,439.41/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code412
FIPS code42-03928
School DistrictBaldwin-Whitehall
WebsiteBorough of Baldwin

Baldwin is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States (not to be confused with adjacent Baldwin Township). Part of the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area, the borough's population was 21,510 as of the 2020 census.


Baldwin is located at 40°21′26″N 79°58′10″W / 40.35722°N 79.96944°W / 40.35722; -79.96944.[3] A thin strip of land which is still part of Baldwin stretches north along Becks Run Road, separating St. Clair and Hays, reaching all the way to the Monongahela River. It then forms the south bank of the river almost to the Glenwood Bridge, effectively surrounding Hays on three sides.[4]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) is water. Its average elevation is 1,214 feet (370 m) above sea level.[5]

Surrounding communities[edit]

Baldwin has eleven borders: Five with the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Arlington and South Side Flats to the north, Hays to the northeast, Carrick to the west, and St. Clair to the north-northwest. The remaining borders are: West Mifflin to the east, Pleasant Hills to the southeast, South Park Township to the south, Bethel Park to the southwest, and Whitehall and Brentwood to the west.


Baldwin welcome sign

The borough was named for Henry Baldwin (1780–1844), a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.[6] Baldwin Borough was incorporated on October 27, 1950, from Baldwin Township.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8][2]

At the 2000 census, there were 19,999 people in 8,193 households, including 5,776 families, in the borough. The population density was 3,465.5 people per square mile (1,338.2/km2). There were 8,883 housing units at an average density of 1,539.3 per square mile (594.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.20% White, 2.42% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 8,193 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.4% of households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.

The age distribution was 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% 65 or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median household income was $40,752 and the median family income was $48,503. Males had a median income of $39,086 versus $28,458 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,918. About 3.9% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]

Baldwin Borough is served by the Baldwin Borough Library. It has three volunteer fire companies, an Emergency Medical Service, and a Police force of 29 sworn officers.[9]

Government and politics[edit]

The Borough of Baldwin is represented by elected officials including a 7-member Borough Council taking the position of Baldwin's Legislative Branch, and a Borough Mayor serving as the borough's Executive Branch. There are nine voting districts in the borough, Baldwin is included in the 14th Congressional District; 45th State Senatorial District with 2 State Legislative Districts (36th and 38th) serving our residents.[10]

Presidential Elections Results[11][12][13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 44% 5,939 53% 7,151 1% 171
2016 46% 4,758 51% 5,273 3% 351
2012 45% 4,248 54% 5,144 1% 121
Office Name Political Party
Senators Bob Casey Jr. (D)
Senators Pat Toomey (R)
U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate Jim Brewster (D)
PA House Jessica Benham (D)
PA House Nick Pisciottano (D)
Allegheny County Councilman John F. Palmiere (D)

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The Borough Council is a seven-membered body of lawmakers who abide by and amend the "Borough Code". Members are elected at-large to serve four year terms. Agenda Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Regular Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Name Job/ Title Political Party
Michael Stelmasczyk Council President Democratic
John Conley Council Vice President and Planning Commission / Zoning Hearing Board Liaison Democratic
Michael Ducker Council President Pro Tem, Public Safety Chairman, and BEMS Board Director Democratic
John "Butch" Ferris Councilman Democratic
Kevin Fischer Councilman and Finance Chairman Democratic
Francis Scott Councilman and Personnel Chairman Democratic
James Behers Councilman and Parks and Recreation Chairman Democratic


The Mayor of Baldwin is David Depretis (D)[9]


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  15. ^ "Congressman Mike Doyle - Representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania". Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
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