Penn Hills, Pennsylvania

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Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Official seal of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
“A Home Rule Community”
Location of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania (left) and of Penn Hills in Allegheny County (right)
Location of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania (left) and of Penn Hills in Allegheny County (right)
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
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality
 • Total19.36 sq mi (50.13 km2)
 • Land19.12 sq mi (49.52 km2)
 • Water0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)
 • Total42,329
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,173.61/sq mi (839.24/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
15147, 15235
Area code(s)412, 878
FIPS code42-003-59032

Penn Hills is a township with home rule status in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 41,059 as of the 2020 census.[3] A suburb of Pittsburgh, Penn Hills is the second-largest municipality in Allegheny County.


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 northern 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.


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).[4] According to the U.S. 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 codes 412 and 878.


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, Gascola, Shadow Shuttle, Frankstown West, Frankstown Estates, Eastwood, and Verona Hilltop.


Penn Hills is bordered to the north by the Allegheny River. In addition, the waterways listed below flow through the Municipality:

  • Plum Creek flows through the Municipality, creating the border with Plum Borough. The stream passes by North Bessemer Field, Milltown Community Park and Penn Hills Community Park before briefly entering into Oakmont and emptying into the Allegheny River.[5]
  • Sandy Creek starts near the intersection of Verona Road and Graham Boulevard Extension and parallels Verona Road to its intersection with Sandy Creek Road where the stream turns and follows the road until it empties into the Allegheny River.
  • Thompson Run begins near Linton Middle School and runs along Stotler Road, Frey Road and Thompson Run Road where it forms the Municipality's border with Monroeville. It eventually flows into the Monongahela River.
  • Quigley Run forms near the Green Oaks Country Club and passes under Allegheny River Boulevard (PA 130) before directly emptying into the Allegheny River.
  • Shades Run, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, begins off of Tyler Road and flows under Lincoln Road, forming the Municipality's border with the City of Pittsburgh. It crosses under Allegheny River Boulevard (PA 130) before directly emptying into the Allegheny River.
  • Duffs Run begins along Long Road in the Churchill Valley neighborhood before winding through the former Churchill Valley Country Club and running into Churchill and Wilkins Township before joining Thompson Run.

Surrounding communities[edit]

Penn Hills has ten land borders, including Verona and Oakmont to the north, Plum Borough to the east and northeast, Monroeville to the southeast, Wilkins Township, Churchill and Wilkinsburg to the south and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of East Hills to the south, Homewood North to the southwest and Lincoln–Lemington–Belmar to the west.

The Allegheny River borders Penn Hills to the northwest with two neighborhoods running adjacent across the way: O'Hara Township and the borough of Blawnox.


Historical population
Sources:[3][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] [14]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 42,329 people living 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.

Government and politics[edit]

The Penn Hills Government Center is located at 102 Duff Road. This is the home to all municipal offices, including the Penn Hills Police Department and Penn Hills EMS. All public safety divisions are dispatched by Allegheny County 911.[15]

Presidential Elections Results[16][17][18]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 29% 7,008 69% 16,774 1% 256
2016 31% 6,762 68% 14,919 1% 125
2012 32% 7,017 68% 14,990 0% 199

Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department

Station 1 - 7520 Mt. Carmel Rd

Station 2 - 5806 Verona Rd

Station 3 - 1701 Leechburg Rd

Station 4 - 1002 Center Ave

Station 5 - 2797 Robinson Blvd

Station 6 - 2240 Main St - CLOSED - DE-CERTIFIED (2016)

Station 7 - 125 Universal Rd

Fire Marshal - 102 Duff Rd

Fire Academy - 102 Duff Rd

Government/elected officials[edit]

  • Mayor - Pauline Calabrese
  • Deputy Mayor - Catherine Sapp
  • Council Member - John Petrucci
  • Council Member - Frank Pecora
  • Council Member - James Getsy
  • Controller - Nicholas J. Futules
  • Municipal Manager - Scott Andrejchak
  • Deputy Clerk - Diane Gionta Fitzhenry
  • District Justice - Anthony DeLuca Jr.
  • US Congress - 14th District - Michael F. Doyle
  • US Congress - 18th District - Conor Lamb
  • State Senate - 43rd District - Jay Costa
  • US Senate - Toomey, Patrick J.
  • US Senate - Bob Casey Jr.
  • State Legislature - 32nd District - Anthony M. DeLuca


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


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 and travelers using I-376 use the Penn Hills exit to refuel or 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]

  • I-376 / US 22 Penn Lincoln Parkway (Penn Hills is exit 81)
  • PA 791 Rodi Road
  • PA 380 Frankstown, Saltsburg Roads
  • PA 130 Coal Hollow, Sandy Creek, Beulah Roads
  • Yellow Belt The Yellow Belt runs through Penn Hills via Hulton, Frankstown, and Rodi Roads
  • Green Belt The Green Belt is signed as Robinson Blvd, Verona Road, and Sandy Creek Road within Penn Hills

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Bureau, U. S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. US Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Plum Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  6. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties" (PDF). 1870 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties" (PDF). 1880 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Population-Pennsylvania" (PDF). U.S. Census 1910. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee" (PDF). Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Census 2020".
  14. ^ "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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  15. ^ Location of municipal building via Google Maps
  16. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  17. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvania general election results". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Election Night Reporting".

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