Houston, Pennsylvania

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Houston
Borough
Pike Street north of downtown
Pike Street north of downtown
Location of Houston in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Houston in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Houston is located in Pennsylvania
Houston
Houston
Location of Houston in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°14′59″N 80°12′37″W / 40.24972°N 80.21028°W / 40.24972; -80.21028Coordinates: 40°14′59″N 80°12′37″W / 40.24972°N 80.21028°W / 40.24972; -80.21028
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Washington
Established 1901
Government
 • Mayor James R Stubenbort, Jr
Area[1]
 • Total 0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)
 • Land 0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,296
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 1,247
 • Density 3,034.06/sq mi (1,171.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 724

Houston is a borough in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,314 at the 2000 census.

Students in Houston and neighboring Chartiers Township attend school in the Chartiers-Houston School District.

Geography[edit]

Houston is located at 40°14′59″N 80°12′37″W / 40.24972°N 80.21028°W / 40.24972; -80.21028 (40.249790, -80.210275).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding neighborhoods[edit]

Houston has three borders, including Chartiers Township to the north, south and west, Canonsburg to the northeast, and North Strabane Township to the east and southeast.

History[edit]

The land on which this town stands was part of a tract purchased from John Haft on January 24, 1827, by Daniel Houston, a near relative of Gen. Sam Houston, leader of the Texans in their war for independence from Mexico. After the Chartiers Valley Railroad was completed through that section in 1871, David C. Houston, a son of Daniel Houston, saw the possibilities of a town at that point and laid out the present plan of Houstonville. The first house in the new town was completed in the summer of 1871 by A. T. Haft and the second by J. C. Johnson. A few years later H. E. Riggle laid out a plan adjoining which was called Riggletown. On May 13, 1901, The Borough of Houston was incorporated from land of Chartiers & North Strabane Townships.

Streams[edit]

  • Chartiers Creek runs through the borough.
  • Chartiers Run joins Chartiers Creek at the borough of Houston.[4]
  • Plum Run joins Chartiers Run in the borough of Houston.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910793
19201,39876.3%
19301,74224.6%
19401,610−7.6%
19501,95721.6%
19601,865−4.7%
19701,812−2.8%
19801,568−13.5%
19901,445−7.8%
20001,314−9.1%
20101,296−1.4%
Est. 20161,247[2]−3.8%
Sources:[5][6][7]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,314 people, 614 households, and 340 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,581.7 people per square mile (1,371.2/km²). There were 668 housing units at an average density of 1,820.8 per square mile (697.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.44% White, 3.65% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 614 households out of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.6% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,598, and the median income for a family was $42,083. Males had a median income of $31,413 versus $22,371 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,001. About 8.8% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Brianna Liebold of Houston, PA won four WPIAL gold medals – long jump (2005, 2006) and triple jump (2005, 2006). She replicated her gold medal form at the PIAA championships, becoming only the third female athlete in Washington County history to win at least four PIAA events – joining the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Brianna was also a soccer standout holding the record at Chartiers Houston High School for most goals scored with a total of 149. [Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League].

The Timko sisters of Houston, Pennsylvania became the first girls to win a WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Chartiers Run". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.