Ben Avon Heights, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°30′43″N 80°4′28″W / 40.51194°N 80.07444°W / 40.51194; -80.07444
Ben Avon Heights
Borough
Official name: Borough of Ben Avon Heights
Name origin: Scottish for
"hill by the waters"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Elevation 1,135 ft (346 m)
Coordinates 40°30′43″N 80°4′28″W / 40.51194°N 80.07444°W / 40.51194; -80.07444
Area 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
 - land 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 371 (2010)
Density 1,855 / sq mi (716.2 / km2)
Incorporated 1913
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15202
Area code 412
School District Avonworth
Location of Ben Avon Heights in Allegheny County
Location of Ben Avon Heights in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.benavonheightsborough.com

Ben Avon Heights is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, located on a hill above the Ohio River, 9 miles (14 km) from the city of Pittsburgh. The population was 371 at the 2010 census.[1]

Ben Avon Heights is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

Geography[edit]

Ben Avon Heights is located at 40°30′43″N 80°4′28″W / 40.51194°N 80.07444°W / 40.51194; -80.07444.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land. Its average elevation is 1,135 feet (346 m) above sea level.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to 1906, the land that became Ben Avon Heights was farmland belonging to Samuel Taylor and John Wilson. In 1910 Walter Pringle Fraser of Ben Avon bought 84 acres (340,000 m2) on the former Taylor farm, using forty of the acres to build the Ben Avon Country Club and golf course. The remaining 44 acres (180,000 m2) were opened for a residential development which he named Ben Avon Heights. Like neighboring Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights appealed to Pittsburghers looking for rural summer homes away from the city. The borough was incorporated in 1913.

When the Ben Avon Country Club closed in 1917, it was divided into lots for additional housing. The Shannopin Country Club, the only commercial property in Ben Avon Heights, opened in 1920 with its clubhouse in Ben Avon Heights and golf course in neighboring Kilbuck Township. In the early 1930s, John I. Thompson purchased a portion of the original John Wilson Farm in Kilbuck Township and transformed the farmland into another residential area known as the Thompson Plan. The borough annexed the Thompson Plan in 1936, setting the boundaries of Ben Avon Heights to the way they are today.

The borough now contains 148 homes, a community park, and the club house of the Shannopin Country Club.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 130
1930 265 103.8%
1940 393 48.3%
1950 394 0.3%
1960 431 9.4%
1970 443 2.8%
1980 398 −10.2%
1990 373 −6.3%
2000 392 5.1%
2010 371 −5.4%
Est. 2012 373 0.5%
Sources:[5][6][7][8][9]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 392 people, 138 households, and 117 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,328.8 people per square mile (890.3/km²). There were 144 housing units at an average density of 855.5 per square mile (327.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.72% White, 0.26% African American, 0.26% Asian, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 138 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.3% were married couples living together, 2.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.5% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 2.6% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $105,006, and the median income for a family was $111,218. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $50,417 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $44,191. About 1.7% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Ben Avon Heights borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "The History of The Borough of Ben Avon Heights". Official Ben Avon Heights Web Site. Archived from the original on 19 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee". Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau. 
  6. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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