|• Mayor||Anthony C. Roppolo|
|• Total||0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)|
|• Land||0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||790 ft (240 m)|
|• Density||4,908/sq mi (1,894.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Leechburg is a borough in southern Armstrong County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 2,156. Leechburg was founded by David Leech, for whom it was later named, and was incorporated as a borough in 1850.
Located along the Kiskiminetas River, Leechburg was a major port of the Pennsylvania Canal. Early in the 20th century, it was the site of extensive steel sheet works, foundries, cement plants, and productive coal mines. Leechburg was the first place where natural gas was used for industrial purposes.
Leechburg is governed by a Mayor and Council. The current elected officials for the borough (and the year their current terms expire) are:
- Mayor Anthony C. Roppolo (D) (2014)
- Council President Anthony Defilippi (R) (2016)
- Council Members: Robert T. Foster (D) (2016), Shawn Lerch (D) (2014), Dan Logero (D) (2016), Nancy Bono (D) (2014), G. Paul Simon (D) (2014), and Jim Spiering (D) (2014).
Leechburg is one of only three municipalities in Armstrong County to have full-time, seven-day-a-week police coverage. The police department consists of three full-time and several part-time police officers. The Chief of Police is Michael Diebold.
Federal and state representatives
Leechburg is in Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District, represented in Congress by Rep. Mike Kelly (R).
Leechburg is located at . Elevations range from 780 feet (240 m) to 1,080 feet (330 m) above sea level.(40.629304, -79.603727)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), of which 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 8.62%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,386 people, 1,109 households, and 645 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,320.9 people per square mile (2,047.2/km²). There were 1,193 housing units at an average density of 2,660.5 per square mile (1,023.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.53% White, 1.26% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.
There were 1,109 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $27,434, and the median income for a family was $38,785. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $25,901 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,242. About 7.9% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.
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Leechburg was founded in 1850 by David Leech. Prior to 1850, the settlement was known as White Plains. David Leech purchased the land from a local Native American known as White Maddock.
- Mickey Morandini, former All-Star MLB second baseman
The children of Leechburg are educated by the Leechburg Area School District. The school district consists of Leechburg, Gilpin Township and West Leechburg Borough. Leechburg Elementary was one of two schools in the United States that taught Russian to all students.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Leechburg borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.