Bellevue, Pennsylvania

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Bellevue
Borough
Borough of Bellevue
Catholic Church of the Assumption
Catholic Church of the Assumption
Official seal of Bellevue
Seal
Etymology: belle vue, French for beautiful view
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Bellevue is located in Pennsylvania
Bellevue
Bellevue
Location in Pennsylvania
Bellevue is located in the United States
Bellevue
Bellevue
Bellevue (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°29′38″N 80°3′13″W / 40.49389°N 80.05361°W / 40.49389; -80.05361Coordinates: 40°29′38″N 80°3′13″W / 40.49389°N 80.05361°W / 40.49389; -80.05361
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyAllegheny
Settled1796–1804
IncorporatedSeptember 7, 1867 (152 years ago)
Government
 • MayorEmily Marburger
Area
 • Total1.12 sq mi (2.91 km2)
 • Land1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
Elevation
997 ft (304 m)
Population
 • Total8,370
 • Estimate 
(2017)[2]
8,159
 • Density8,086.22/sq mi (3,122.38/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
15202
Area code(s)412
FIPS code42-05312
School DistrictNorthgate
Websitebellevuepa.org


Bellevue is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, along the Ohio River, adjoining Pittsburgh. The population was 8,370 at the 2010 census.[3] The borough was incorporated in 1867. There is a public park and library, the Andrew Bayne Memorial Library.

Education[edit]

Bellevue is served by the Northgate School District.

Taxes[edit]

School tax millage rate- The Northgate School District (shared with Avalon Borough) in 2017 was 24.79. This ranked 9th highest/most expensive out of Allegheny County's 45 school districts [between Upper Saint Clair SD (8th highest) and South Park SD (10th highest)].[4]

History[edit]

The land on which the borough currently sits was once part of the Depreciation Lands reserved for Revolutionary War veterans.[5] The first landowners in the area were James Robinson and Hugh Henry Brackenridge, purchasing parcels in 1799 and 1792 respectively.[5] At the time of its organization as a borough, Bellevue had exactly the minimum population for such a designation: 300 residents.[6]

Residents of the area tried unsuccessfully to obtain improvements from Ross Township, but officials were opposed to development along Venango Trail (today Route 19).[5] In response, Bellevue was incorporated as a borough independent of Ross on September 7, 1867.[7] The name of the borough was chosen by J. J. East, a linguist and early resident of the borough, and means "beautiful view."[5]

"Dry" status[edit]

After the end of Prohibition, Bellevue opted to remain a "dry" town, meaning that the sale of alcohol in stores or restaurants is legally restricted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).[8] A referendum to overturn this status by allowing limited alcohol sales at certain establishments was included in the borough-wide primary elections, with voting held May 17, 2011. The referendum was defeated 849–761.[9] Under state law, this barred future referendums on the same subject until May 2015.[9]

On May 19, 2015, a similar referendum passed 897 to 526 and the town's dry status was overturned.[10][11]

Historic Buildings[edit]

Bellevue contains over 1,000 buildings over 100 years old. In 2016, to recognize 150 years since the borough's founding, Bellevue's Community Development Corporation (CDC), Bona Fide Bellevue, launched a historic building plaque program, consisting of inventorying all the buildings in Bellevue. Of over 2,600 buildings, just over 730 had been approved locally "historic." Over 150 property owners voluntarily elected to purchase a plaque signifying the historic nature of their buildings.

Three buildings have been further recognized as historic:

Andrew Bayne House - 34 North Balph Avenue - built 1875. Andrew Bayne Public Library. Recognized by Pittsburgh History Landmarks Foundation (PHLF).

Andrew S. Miller House - 366 Lincoln Avenue- built 1902. Revival on Lincoln Restaurant.

Marius Rousseau House - 100 Watkins Avenue - built 1906. Private residence. Recognized by PHLF.

Government and politics[edit]

Emily Marburger, Mayor

Presidential Elections Results[12][13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 34% 1,331 60% 2,363 6% 225
2012 38% 1,397 60% 2,237 2% 64

Geography[edit]

Bellevue is located at 40°29′38″N 80°3′13″W / 40.49389°N 80.05361°W / 40.49389; -80.05361.[14]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 9.09%, is water. Its average elevation is 997 feet (304 m) above sea level.[15]

Surrounding and adjacent communities[edit]

Bellevue has three land borders with Avalon to the northwest, Ross Township to the north and east, and the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Brighton Heights to the southeast. Across the Ohio River to the southwest, Bellevue runs adjacent with Stowe Township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870384
1880915138.3%
18901,41855.0%
19003,416140.9%
19106,32385.1%
19208,19829.7%
193010,25225.1%
194010,4882.3%
195011,60410.6%
196011,412−1.7%
197011,5861.5%
198010,128−12.6%
19909,126−9.9%
20008,770−3.9%
20108,370−4.6%
Est. 20178,159[2]−2.5%
Sources:[16][17][18][19]

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,770 people, 4,389 households, and 1,953 families residing in the borough.[18] The population density was 8,768.1 people per square mile (3,386.1/km²). There were 4,770 housing units at an average density of 4,769.0 per square mile (1,841.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 72.36% White, 22.40% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any

race were 3.81% of the population.

There were 4,389 households, out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 55.5% were non-families. 48.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.5% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,481, and the median income for a family was $42,382. Males had a median income of $30,683 versus $26,596 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,246. About 7.8% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Dog Park[edit]

Bellevue has one of the nicest dog parks in the North Boroughs, Bellevue Dog Woods.

  • Off-Leash
  • High Perimeter Fencing throughout
    • Fenced Large Dog Park
    • Fenced Small Dog Park (with Sunday Small Dog Socials)
  • Wooded and Grassy Areas
  • Water Feature
  • Agility Equipment

Events[edit]

A revitalization of sorts started in Bellevue in 2018.

  • WizardVue Wizarding Fest: August 11, 2018
    • Welcome to WizardVue, Pennsylvania, a small borough filled with magic. Our town, known to the regular world as Bellevue, has been magical for 150 years. This summer, the magic of WizardVue will appear for just one day, for anyone who wishes to see.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Bellevue borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  4. ^ EL. "Allegheny County Treasurer". Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Borough of Bellevue". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Salute to Bellevue". Pittsburgh Press. September 13, 1942. pp. 8–9.
  7. ^ "Allegheny County – 2nd Class" (PDF). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Kurutz, Daveen Rae (February 19, 2009). "Bellevue barber wants to end dry-town status". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Rankin, Connie (May 20, 2011). "Bellevue voters defeat referendum". The Citizen. Bellevue, Penna. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  10. ^ http://www.alleghenycounty.us/elect/201505pri/el45b.htm retrieved 2015-05-21. "Bellevue Question: Yes 897, No 526."
  11. ^ "Bellevue No Longer A Dry Town", KDKA News Pittsburgh, 2015-12-11.
  12. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  13. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvani general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  15. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  16. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  18. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  19. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.

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