Glassport, Pennsylvania

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A row of houses on the west side of the 800 block of Ohio Avenue
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania

Glassport is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Pittsburgh and the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers where they form the Ohio River. Glassport lies along the east side of the Monongahela River in the "Mon valley", where many blue-collar municipalities have suffered severe economic decline in the wake of the loss of steel-making throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. In 1910, the population of Glassport was 5,540. By 1940, it had risen to 8,748, but has since declined to 4,483 as of the 2010 census.[1]


The mayor of Glassport is Rosemary Bradley. Mayor Bradley's term in office began in 2014.[2]


Glassport is served by the South Allegheny School District.


School tax millage rate- The South Allegheny SD (shared with three other municipalities) in 2017 was 17.24. This ranked 41st highest/most expensive out of Allegheny County's 45 school districts, between McKeesport SD (40th highest) and Chartiers Valley SD (42nd highest).[3]


Glassport is located at 40°19′37″N 79°53′19″W / 40.326919°N 79.888693°W / 40.326919; -79.888693Coordinates: 40°19′37″N 79°53′19″W / 40.326919°N 79.888693°W / 40.326919; -79.888693.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 11.05%, is water.

Emergency Services[edit]


Police Department and Municipal Building

Glassport Police Dept. is based at 440 Monongahela Ave. It has 10 part-time Officers, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief and Chief (Clifford Lafever).

Glassport Crime Watch[edit]

GPCW is a group of Glassport residents who report crimes to GPD.

Fire & EMS[edit]

Citizen's Hose Co. #1 is based at 532 Allegheny Ave.

Emergency Medical Services are provided by the Clairton Fire Department, which staffs full time paramedics and EMTs at a station within Glassport.


Before Glassport was its own borough, the territory was part of Elizabeth Township, then of Lincoln Township, then Port Vue, PA. In 1902, it became a separate municipality, comprising 1.52 square miles.

The town was built around a mill called The United States Glass Co., built in 1894. The factory came to be known as “the Glass House”. Other industries soon followed. The area was originally laid out in a plot plan by the Glassport Land Co., a subsidiary of the United States Glass Co.

Glassport was named after the Glassport Land Company.

The United States Glass Company was located near the Monongahela River on Seventh Street. The company specialized in "pressed glass," tableware, and other glass products made from molds. Unfortunately, in 1963 the United States Glass Company was damaged by a tornado, and their 80-foot water tower collapsed through the building's roof. The furnaces shut down and the liquid glass cooled and hardened. Afterwards there was left a 250-ton block of solid glass, making any plans to rebuild too costly.

Former pro football player George Hays (American football) was born in Glassport. Jesse James of the Pittsburgh Steelers is from Glassport.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 5,540
1920 6,959 25.6%
1930 8,390 20.6%
1940 8,748 4.3%
1950 8,707 −0.5%
1960 8,418 −3.3%
1970 7,450 −11.5%
1980 6,242 −16.2%
1990 5,582 −10.6%
2000 4,993 −10.6%
2010 4,483 −10.2%
Est. 2016 4,377 [5] −2.4%

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 4,993 people, 2,187 households, and 1,355 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,968.5 people per square mile (1,147.5/km2). There were 2,405 housing units at an average density of 1,429.8 per square mile (552.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.24% White, 0.56% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population. 22.4% were of Polish, 22.0% Italian, 13.0% German, 8.7% Irish, 7.9% Slovak and 5.6% English ancestry according to census 2000.

There were 2,187 households, out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 or older. The median age was 42. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,616, and the median income for a family was $37,364. Males had a median income of $35,631 versus $20,440 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,035. About 7.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Glassport borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Glassport Borough Officials". Glassport Government-The Borough of Glassport. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ EL. "Allegheny County Treasurer". Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties" (PDF). 1880 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Population-Pennsylvania" (PDF). U.S. Census 1910. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee" (PDF). Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau. 
  9. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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