Whitehall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°21′37″N 79°59′11″W / 40.36028°N 79.98639°W / 40.36028; -79.98639
Whitehall
Borough
Official name: Borough of Whitehall
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Coordinates 40°21′37″N 79°59′11″W / 40.36028°N 79.98639°W / 40.36028; -79.98639
Area 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 - land 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
Population 13,944 (2010)
Density 4,225.5 / sq mi (1,631.5 / km2)
Incorporated 1948
Mayor James Nowalk
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
School District Baldwin-Whitehall
Location of Whitehall in Allegheny County
Location of Whitehall in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: Borough of Whitehall

Whitehall is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,944 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

Whitehall is probably named after Silas D. Prior's tavern on Brownsville Road, which was renamed White Hall in the 1850s. The building is still in existence, but is in Brentwood. Another possible source of the borough's name is that the area, which used to be located within the township of Baldwin, was known as Whitehall Driving Park.

In 1946, residents of Baldwin Township's fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh wards began the process of secession. A petition was filed on October 14, 1946, in the Quarterly Sessions of Allegheny County, with 1320 signatures out of the 1627 freeholders in the proposed borough.[2] In response to this, Baldwin Township officials called an emergency meeting to file a petition to have Baldwin Township incorporated into a borough, as it is much more difficult to secede from a borough than from a township.[3] On January 5, 1948, Whitehall separated from Baldwin Township to become an independent municipality.[2][4] According to former mayor Edwin F. Brennan, residents of Whitehall wanted better services and zoning than they received under the jurisdiction of the township.[2][5]

Geography[edit]

Whitehall is located at 40°21′37″N 79°59′11″W / 40.36028°N 79.98639°W / 40.36028; -79.98639 (40.360292, -79.986271)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding communities[edit]

Whitehall is bordered by the following boroughs: Brentwood to the northeast, Baldwin to the south and east, Bethel Park to the southwest, and Castle Shannon to the northwest. Overbrook, a neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh, is to the north.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 7,342
1960 16,075 118.9%
1970 16,450 2.3%
1980 15,143 −7.9%
1990 14,451 −4.6%
2000 14,444 0.0%
2010 13,944 −3.5%
Est. 2012 13,938 0.0%
Sources:[7][8][9][10]

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,444 people, 6,294 households, and 3,958 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,397.8 people per square mile (1,700.3/km²). There were 6,519 housing units at an average density of 1,984.9 per square mile (767.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.60% White, 1.42% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.[11]

There were 6,294 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.87.[11]

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.[11]

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,111, and the median income for a family was $60,371. Males had a median income of $42,658 versus $31,167 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,730. 6.4% of the population and 2.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.7% are under the age of 18 and 7.2% are 65 or older.[11]

Government[edit]

Whitehall has been a home rule community since January 1, 1975.[12] The borough is governed by a mayor and seven council members, all elected at-large. Services are provided by a full-time administrator, twenty full-time police officers, a ten-person public works department and a handful of other staff members.

The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and Medical Rescue Team South Authority provide fire and ambulance service to the borough.

Transportation[edit]

Pennsylvania Route 51, a major area artery, delivers traffic from and through Whitehall to downtown Pittsburgh. The borough is also served by four county bus lines.

Recreation and amenities[edit]

A large swimming pool, wading pool, four tennis courts and community room are provided at the municipal complex, as well as the Whitehall public library, which has a Hennen American Public Library 90th percentile Rating (HAPLR), making it one of the top 25 in the state.[13] Six ballfields and playgrounds are distributed throughout the borough. Swimming and tennis are also available at the private Whitehall Country Club, which draws members from surrounding communities that lack such facilities. The private South Hills Country Club provides golf, swimming, dining and social activities.

Caste Village, a large shopping center including a strip mall, outbuildings and offices, is the hub of retail activity in this largely residential community. Additional stand-alone storefronts line Pennsylvania Route 51.

Whitehall is named one of the two "Most Livable Communities" in Metropolitan Pittsburgh by PHH Technologies Services, a company that advises corporations on employee relocations.[4][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Whitehall borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c South Hills Country Club (1974), A Momento of The Whitehall Founders Day Dinner, p. 2 
  3. ^ Brennan, Edwin F. (1988), Highlights in the History of Whitehall Borough, p. 2 
  4. ^ a b http://www.whitehallboro.org/ Borough of Whitehall website
  5. ^ Brennan, Edwin F. (2001), A history of Whitehall Borough and its government: An insider's view, ISBN 0-9709030-0-6 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d United States Census Bureau (2000), Census 2000 Summary, retrieved 2011-05-05 
  12. ^ Brennan, Edwin F. (1988), Highlights in the History of Whitehall Borough, p. 5 
  13. ^ HAPLR-Index.com (2009), Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, retrieved 2011-05-05 
  14. ^ Assad, David (1998), "Whitehall wins 'most livable' honor", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

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