Upper St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
|Upper St. Clair|
|Home Rule Municipality|
|Official name: Township of Upper St. Clair|
|Area||9.8 sq mi (25 km2)|
|- land||9.8 sq mi (25 km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
St. Clair Township, named after General Arthur St. Clair of Revolutionary War fame who was the 9th President of the United States in Congress Assembled. Under his administration as President, February 2, 1787 to October 29, 1787, the Northwest Ordinance and United States Constitution of 1787 were passed.
St. Clair was one of the original townships of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania at the county's creation in 1788. In 1836, the St. Clair Township was divided into two separate townships, Upper St. Clair and Lower St. Clair. The residents of Upper St. Clair formed their township to ensure better government service that could be obtained by separating from the more densely populated northern part of the township. Upper St. Clair Township was further subdivided throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as several parts of the original township separated to form new townships and boroughs. In 1973, Upper St. Clair Township adopted a home rule charter that took effect on January 5, 1976, and is no longer governed by the Pennsylvania Township Code.
The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 had roots in Upper St. Clair.
Formed as a volunteer militia company in 1844 by residents of the township, the "St. Clair Guards" later became Company H of the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers.
The community was home to several mines beginning in the late 19th century. Freehold Real Estate Co. built the first major residential development in March 1913 along Washington Road that at the time was conveniently close to streetcar service.
As of today, the community has many fashionable homes and is considered the wealthiest in Pittsburgh.
Upper St. Clair Township is bordered by South Fayette Township to the west, Bridgeville to the northwest, Scott Township and Mt. Lebanon to the north, Bethel Park to the east, and Peters Township (in Washington County) to the south.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,053 people, 6,966 households, and 5,823 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,055.7 people per square mile (794.1/km²). There were 7,091 housing units at an average density of 726.9/sq mi (280.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.79% White, 0.18% African American, 0.02% Native American, 4.02% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.
There were 6,966 households out of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.4% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $152,828. Males had a median income of $125,108 versus $81,589 for females, based on 2010 estimates. The per capita income for the township was $99,922. About 0.3% of families and 0.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 0.7% of those age 65 or over.
Best places to live in US
Upper St. Clair was ranked as one of the 10 best places to live in the United States for 2009, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is also the home to the only indoor/outdoor water slide park in western PA which is at the Upper St. Clair Community Recreation Center.
Notable natives and residents
- Anthony Jeselnik, Stand-Up comic
- Vincent Trocheck, Chosen 64th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 NHL Draft, currently a centre for the Saginaw Spirit
- Kent Tekulve, former Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed relief pitcher. Current analyst for Root Sports Pittsburgh.
- Sean Casey, former Major League Baseball first baseman, current baseball analyst for MLB Network
- Stephen Chbosky, novelist, screenwriter, and film director best known for the coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Ruslan Fedotenko, former NHL left wing for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Dave Giusti, former American Major League baseball player
- Chuck Greenberg, former owner of the Texas Rangers and Altoona Curve; born and raised in Upper St. Clair as well as raising his family in the township.
- Amanda Naughton, Season 2 winner of the Joe Schmo Show.
- Tunch Ilkin, former NFL player, current Steelers broadcaster
- Jaromír Jágr, NHL player for the Boston Bruins
- Stanley Klos, author, historian.
- Sean Lee, Class of 2005. NFL linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and former Penn State All-American
- Grant Lewis, NHL ice hockey player (Nashville Predators)
- Ryan Malone, Left winger/center for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Olympic athlete
- Suzie McConnell-Serio, former WNBA gold medalist and current woman's basketball coach. Husband works in the district.
- Joe Mullen, retired professional ice hockey player, twice awarded Lady Byng Trophy, inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
- Tim Murphy, United States congressman
- Chuck Noll, former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Kevin Orie, former third baseman in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs
- Dylan Reese, defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Ray Shero, current General Manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Brian Shin, technology entrepreneur
- Kevin Slowey, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
- John P. Surma, CEO, US Steel; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University
- Petr Sýkora, current NHL free agent
- Craig Wolfley, former NFL player, current Steelers broadcaster
- Sohyung Kang, producer
- Steve Blass, Hall of Fame pitcher, won the World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates
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