West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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Borough of West Mifflin
Borough
Kennywood
Kennywood
Map of West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Highlighted.png
Coordinates: 40°22′5″N 79°53′51″W / 40.36806°N 79.89750°W / 40.36806; -79.89750Coordinates: 40°22′5″N 79°53′51″W / 40.36806°N 79.89750°W / 40.36806; -79.89750
Country  United States
Commonwealth  Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Incorporated 1788 (Mifflin Township)
  Dec. 11, 1942[1] (Borough)
Government
 • Mayor Christopher T. Kelly
 • Council Michael Moses
Michael Olack
Daniel Davis
Robert Kostelnik
Joyce Kushner
Steve Marone
Scott Stephenson
 • Borough Manager Brian Kamauf
Area
 • Total 14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
 • Land 14.2 sq mi (36.7 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  1.8%
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,313
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website www.westmifflinborough.com

West Mifflin is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, located southeast of downtown Pittsburgh. The population was 20,313 at the 2010 census. It is named after Thomas Mifflin, 1st Governor of Pennsylvania, signer of the United States Constitution, and 1st Quartermaster General of the United States Army.[2]

Although the borough is heavily residential, it is home to one of America's oldest traditional amusement parks, Kennywood Park; the fourth largest shopping mall in the region, Century III; advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology research and development facility, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory; monorail manufacturer Bombardier; US Steel's Mon Valley Works - Irvin Plant; Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus; the Allegheny County Airport; and various other businesses and industries.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37 km2), of which 14.2 square miles (37 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 1.80%, is water. The landscape is largely hilly and wooded, and the borough's eastern boundary is contiguous with the Monongahela River three separate times. Much of the original landscape has been altered as a result of the historic dumping of steel mill byproducts such as slag and fly ash. Coal mining has also affected the flow and water quality of small streams. Land developers have produced more level ground by clean-filling ravines and other small parcels of land to improve the land usage. Toxic waste dump areas are meticulously monitored with water quality improvement with bioremediation successfully implemented. West Mifflin operates its own sewage treatment facility.

Surrounding communities[edit]

The borough is bordered by the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods Lincoln Place and Hays, and the boroughs of Munhall and Whitaker to the north, the city of Duquesne to the east, the borough of Dravosburg to the southeast, the boroughs of Jefferson Hills and Pleasant Hills to the south, and the borough of Baldwin to the west.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 8,694
1950 17,985 106.9%
1960 27,289 51.7%
1970 28,070 2.9%
1980 26,322 −6.2%
1990 23,644 −10.2%
2000 22,464 −5.0%
2010 20,313 −9.6%
Est. 2012 20,284 −0.1%
Sources:[3][4][5][6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 22,464 people, 9,509 households, and 6,475 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,586.2 people per square mile (612.5/km²). There were 9,966 housing units at an average density of 703.7 per square mile (271.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.64% White, 8.85% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 9,509 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,130, and the median income for a family was $46,192. Males had a median income of $36,984 versus $26,529 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,140. About 8.8% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Emergency Services[edit]

Fire/EMS[edit]

EMS

Emergency Medical Services are provided by Baldwin-Pleasant Hills-West Mifflin EMS Station 510.

Fire

Fire Departments serving West Mifflin are :

  • Homeville Volunteer Fire Company #1 Station 293 (3900 Greensprings Avenue)
  • Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Company #2 Station 294 (1620 Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • Volunteer Fire Company #3 Station 295 (3722 Rodeo Drive)
  • Skyview Volunteer Fire Company #4 Station 296 (660 Noble Drive)

Police[edit]

The West Mifflin Police Dept. is based at 4733 Greensprings Ave., West Mifflin. The current Chief of Police is Kenneth Davies. The Police Department is staffed by full-time, State certified police officers who provide around-the-clock protection for the Borough. Within the department there are several divisions such as the detectives division, the patrol division and the K-9 unit. The department is involved with a number of activities outside of normal patrol activities, such as the Southwest Drug Task Force, D.A.R.E. program for drug prevention education to school children and Cops-N-Jocks program that deals with older kids in high school.

Dispatch Communications[edit]

This department is responsible for the emergency dispatching of the police, fire and ambulance services. Dispatchers are full-time with approved Emergency Medical Dispatch training.

Schools[edit]

The West Mifflin Area School District is the public education provider for the borough. The district operates the following seven schools: the Early Childhood Education Center, Clara Barton Elementary, Homeville Elementary, New Emerson Elementary, West Mifflin Area Middle School, and West Mifflin Area High School. Although the district bears the borough's name, it also provides PreSchool-12 education to the residents of Whitaker and high school education to a number of students residing in Duquesne.

All-State Career School has a campus in West Mifflin. Among offering other vocational programs, it is the only school in the area offering Class A CDL training. Class A CDL licenses have been in-demand in the area with the rise of fracking.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allegheny County - 2nd class". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), West Mifflin borough, Pennsylvania". U.S.Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Marcellus Shale: Creating Job Opportunities for Class A CDL Drivers". All-State Career School. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

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