Forest Hills, Pennsylvania

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Forest Hills
Borough
Ardmore Blvd
Official logo of Forest Hills
Nickname(s): 
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°25′19″N 79°51′7″W / 40.42194°N 79.85194°W / 40.42194; -79.85194Coordinates: 40°25′19″N 79°51′7″W / 40.42194°N 79.85194°W / 40.42194; -79.85194
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyAllegheny
School DIstrictWoodland Hills
FoundedJuly 29, 1919
Named forForest Hills, Queens
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorFrank Porco
 • Council
 • ManagerSteve Morus
Area
 • Total1.56 sq mi (4.05 km2)
 • Land1.56 sq mi (4.05 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 • Total6,518
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
6,380
 • Density4,079.28/sq mi (1,575.43/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
15221
Area code(s)412, 878
FIPS code42-26592
Websitehttp://foresthillspa.org

Forest Hills is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,518 at the 2010 census, as compared to 6,831 in 2000, and 7,335 in 1990.

The borough was named after Forest Hills, Queens.[4]

Geography[edit]

Forest Hills is located at 40°25′19″N 79°51′7″W / 40.42194°N 79.85194°W / 40.42194; -79.85194 (40.421918, -79.851872).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding neighborhoods[edit]

Forest Hills has five borders, including Wilkinsburg and Churchill to the north, Wilkins Township to the east, Chalfant to the southeast, North Braddock to the south-southeast, and Braddock Hills from the south to the northwest. These municipalities, along with East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Rankin, Swissvale, and Turtle Creek, make up the Woodland Hills School District.[6]

Government and Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[7][8]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 31% 1,254 65% 2,636 3% 135
2012 37% 1.498 61% 2,440 1% 57

Extra-borough Elected Representatives[edit]

Office/District Incumbent Party
Allegheny County Council (District 8)[9] Charles Martoni Democrat
PA House of Representatives (District 34) Paul Costa Democrat
PA Senate (District 43) Jay Costa, Jr. Democrat
US House of Representatives (District 14) Mike Doyle Democrat
US Senate Pat Toomey Republican
US Senate Bob Casey, Jr. Democrat

Landmarks[edit]

Forest Hills is located along the Route 30 portion of the Lincoln Highway, which, along with Greensburg Pike, serves as a main artery of the borough. Near the eastern border with Chalfant until 2015 was an out-of-use, five-million-volt[10] Van de Graaff generator and particle accelerator known as the Westinghouse Atom Smasher. The Atom Smasher operated until 1958 and was designated as a historic landmark.

Forest Hills is known for its many recreational and family oriented activities. Forest Hills boasts several parks: Forest Hills main Park and Arboretum, Ryan Glenn, Koch, Avenue L Park and Arboretum, and Bright Park. The summer attraction is its pool, which offers residents and their guests a place to keep cool. Several of the facilities offer affordable rentals throughout the year. There are several leagues available to the residents and their families including: baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming, synchronized swimming and tennis. Adults have several options as well including yoga, aerobics, pool classes, lap swimming, scrap-booking, and various other activities. Seniors can enjoy a lunch and activities at the senior center.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19304,549
19405,24815.4%
19506,30120.1%
19608,79639.6%
19709,5618.7%
19808,198−14.3%
19907,335−10.5%
20006,831−6.9%
20106,518−4.6%
Est. 20166,380[3]−2.1%
Sources:[11][12][13][14][15]

As of the census[16] of 2010, there were 6,518 people, 3,099 households, and 1,807 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,073.8 people per square mile (1,572.9/km²). There were 3,304 housing units at an average density of 2,065.0 per square mile (797.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.68% White, 9.14% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 3,099 households, out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 31.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 18.7% under the age of 20, 4.3% from 20 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 33.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the borough was $44,922, and the median income for a family was $56,199. Males had a median income of $42,903 versus $31,103 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,505. About 4.7% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forest Hills Elected Officials l
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Porter, Thomas J. Jr. (May 10, 1984). "Town names carry a little bit of history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Woodland Hills School District
  7. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  8. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvani general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  9. ^ Allegheny County Council Districts by Municipality
  10. ^ Atom Smasher (Circa 1937) - Odd-Shaped Buildings on Waymarking.com
  11. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee" (PDF). Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau.
  12. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-21.

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