Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

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Location of Burgettstown in Washington County
Location of Burgettstown in Washington County
Burgettstown is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Burgettstown in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°22′51″N 80°23′28″W / 40.38083°N 80.39111°W / 40.38083; -80.39111Coordinates: 40°22′51″N 80°23′28″W / 40.38083°N 80.39111°W / 40.38083; -80.39111
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Washington
Established 1795
 • Mayor Settimio Carnali
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,576
 • Density 2,600/sq mi (1,000/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 724

Burgettstown is a borough in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The population was 1,576 according to the 2000 census.


According to "A History of Washington County, Pennsylvania" by Earle R. Forrest (1926), the original plot of Burgettstown was surveyed February 28, 1795, by Peter Kidd, surveyor for George Burgett. Sebastian Burgett, the first settler there, built Burgett’s fort and grist mill about 1773, and this was an important point in the early settlement of that section of the county. The original name of the town laid out in 1795 was West Boston (named after Boston Burgett). The growth of the town was slow for many years, and until 1910 it was a country village, the center of a substantial farming community. A post office was opened January 1, 1811, with Thomas Miller as the first postmaster. The original section known as “Old Town,” was some distance from the railroad station, established when the Panhandle railway was completed in 1865, at which time another postoffice was established and conducted for many years. The intervening space between the two villages was gradually built until they formed one town. A movement to incorporate into a borough was started as early as 1854, but was not successful until March 23, 1881, when a charter was granted by the court.


Burgettstown is located at 40°22′51″N 80°23′28″W / 40.38083°N 80.39111°W / 40.38083; -80.39111 (40.380844, -80.391047).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding communities[edit]

Joffre, Bulger, Cherry Valley, Atlasburg, Slovan, Langeloth, Eldersville, Cross Creek, Studa.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 876
1890 929 6.1%
1900 961 3.4%
1910 1,268 31.9%
1920 1,990 56.9%
1930 2,266 13.9%
1940 2,497 10.2%
1950 2,379 −4.7%
1960 2,383 0.2%
1970 2,118 −11.1%
1980 1,867 −11.9%
1990 1,634 −12.5%
2000 1,576 −3.5%
2010 1,388 −11.9%
Est. 2014 1,360 [2] −2.0%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,576 people, 656 households, and 429 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,531.8 people per square mile (981.4/km²). There were 703 housing units at an average density of 1,129.3 per square mile (437.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.26% White, 1.46% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population.

There were 656 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 people and the average family size was 2.93.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,350, and the median income for a family was $39,271. Males had a median income of $32,885 versus $23,375 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,097. About 7.6% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

  • First Niagara Pavilion in adjacent Hanover Township, a 23,000 seat outdoor amphitheater that hosts concerts throughout the summer
  • Burgettstown Area Middle/High School, local public school that recently completed renovations for new classrooms, gymnasium and auditorium
  • Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, home of the Ft. Vance Historical Society and the Washington-Greene County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Notable people[edit]

Joe Tepsic, a Penn State halfback, who later signed a pro-baseball contract, was born in Burgettstown. Robert Linn, known for his record setting 58 years of service as a mayor, was born in Burgettstown.

Former University of Wisconsin Head Football Coach (and current Director of Athletics) Barry Alvarez grew up in adjacent Langeloth, Pennsylvania and attended Burgettstown Jr/Sr High School (formally known as Union High School).

Sid D Grubbs aka TheMojoMan grew up in Hanover Twp.near Burgettstown after the age of 5 having moved to the area from Elk City,Okla. TheMojoMan is a Rock & Roll Personality Disc Jockey that worked at 12 different radio stations in his career. His biggest regret was never having worked in the Pittsburgh Radio Market except his very first station in Canonsburg,Pa in 1958. TheMojoMan has a webpage themojoman.com

Ken Seibel, originator of Kednesday, calls Burgettstown home.