North side of 100 block of Market Street, looking east
|• Mayor||Shawn Lerch |
|• Total||0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)|
|• Land||0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||790 ft (240 m)|
|• Density||4,908/sq mi (1,894.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Leechburg is a borough in southern Armstrong County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 2,156. Leechburg was founded by David Leech, for whom it was later named, and was incorporated as a borough in 1850.
Located along the Kiskiminetas River, Leechburg was a major port of the Pennsylvania Canal. Early in the 20th century, it was the site of extensive steel sheet works, foundries, cement plants, and productive coal mines. Leechburg was the first place where natural gas was used for industrial purposes.
Leechburg is governed by a Mayor and Council. The current elected officials for the borough (and the year their current terms expire) are:
- Mayor Shawn Lerch (D) (2018)
- Council President Anthony Defilippi (R) (2016)
- Council Members: Robert T. Foster (D) (2016), Dan Logero (D) (2016), Nancy Bono (D) (2018), Lorri Bazella (R) (2018), Sheran Kupas (R) (2018), Christian Vaccaro (D) (2018).
Leechburg is one of only three municipalities in Armstrong County to have full-time, seven-day-a-week police coverage. The police department consists of three full-time and several part-time police officers. The Chief of Police is Michael Diebold.
Federal and state representatives
Leechburg is in Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District, represented in Congress by Rep. Mike Kelly (R).
Leechburg is located at  Elevations range from 780 feet (240 m) to 1,080 feet (330 m) above sea level.(40.629304, -79.603727).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), of which 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 8.62%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,386 people, 1,109 households, and 645 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,320.9 people per square mile (2,047.2/km²). There were 1,193 housing units at an average density of 2,660.5 per square mile (1,023.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.53% White, 1.26% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.
There were 1,109 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.
According to the US Census Bureau, in 2012 the median household income in the borough was $35,682 and the median family income was $45,563. 17.8% of the population, 14.4% of families, 29.3% of children, and 8.8% of those 65 or older had income below the poverty level.
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Leechburg was founded in 1850 by David Leech. Prior to 1850, the settlement was known as White Plains. David Leech purchased the land from a local Native American known as White Maddock.
- John Phillips, U.S. Ambassador to Italy
- Mickey Morandini, former All-Star MLB second baseman
- Alex Kroll, professional football player and CEO of Young & Rubicam
- Joseph Grant Beale, Member of Congress and industrialist
The children of Leechburg are educated by the Leechburg Area School District. The school district consists of Leechburg, Gilpin Township and West Leechburg Borough. Leechburg Elementary was one of two schools in the United States that taught Russian to all students.
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- "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
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