Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°21′25″N 80°06′31″W / 40.35694°N 80.10861°W / 40.35694; -80.10861
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Borough
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Official name: Borough of Bridgeville
Name origin: Bridge over Chartiers Creek
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Elevation 820 ft (250 m)
Coordinates 40°21′25″N 80°06′31″W / 40.35694°N 80.10861°W / 40.35694; -80.10861
Area 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 5,148 (2010)
Density 4,680 / sq mi (1,807 / km2)
Settled c. 1830
 - Incorporated July 27, 1901
Mayor Pasquale B. DeBlasio
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15017
Area code 412
School district Chartiers Valley
Location of Bridgeville in Allegheny County
Location of Bridgeville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.bridgevilleboro.com

Bridgeville is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 5,148 at the 2010 census.[1]

Geography[edit]

Bridgeville is located along Chartiers Creek, about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of downtown Pittsburgh at 40°21′25″N 80°6′31″W / 40.35694°N 80.10861°W / 40.35694; -80.10861.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land. Its average elevation is 1,250 ft (381 m) above sea level.[3]

Surrounding communities[edit]

History[edit]

The village that eventually became Bridgeville acquired its name because of the first bridge built at the crossing of Chartiers Creek at the south end of what is now Washington Avenue.[4]

The area was originally named St. Clair Township in 1763, and the southern part was split off as Upper St. Clair Township in 1806. For nearly 100 years, Bridgeville was a village within Upper St. Clair Township, known for its one bridge over Chartiers Creek where people frequently met to trade goods. An old saying, "Meet me at the bridge," provided an obvious name for the village that began to develop north of the bridge[5] around 1830.[6]

Bridgeville was officially incorporated as a borough on July 27, 1901, from Upper St. Clair Township.[6]

A mass shooting took place on August 4, 2009, in an LA Fitness health club in Bridgeville. The attack resulted in four deaths, including that of the perpetrator, who took his own life. Nine other people were injured.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,983
1920 3,092 55.9%
1930 3,939 27.4%
1940 4,459 13.2%
1950 5,650 26.7%
1960 7,112 25.9%
1970 6,717 −5.6%
1980 6,154 −8.4%
1990 5,445 −11.5%
2000 5,341 −1.9%
2010 5,148 −3.6%
Est. 2012 5,142 −0.1%
Sources:[8][9][10][11][12]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 5,341 people, 2,539 households, and 1,444 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,938.5 people per square mile (1,909.4/km²). There were 2,656 housing units at an average density of 2,455.9 per square mile (949.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.05% White, 4.42% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 2,539 households out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,873, and the median income for a family was $46,500. Males had a median income of $35,461 versus $25,527 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,500. About 5.6% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Bridgeville is served by the Chartiers Valley School District. The public high school for the area is Chartiers Valley High School. Chartiers Valley School District serves students from Bridgeville, Heidelberg, Collier Township, and Scott Township.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Bridgeville borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 16, 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. ^ "Welcome to Bridgeville" (in English). Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History of Bridgeville" (in English). Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  6. ^ a b "Allegheny County - 2nd Class" (in English). Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  7. ^ "4 Dead In Collier Township Gym Shooting; Gunman Kills Self, Officials Say". Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. August 4, 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  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. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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