Murrysville, Pennsylvania

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Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Murraysville Westmoreland Co, PA.jpg
Official seal of Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Seal
Location of Murrysville in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Murrysville in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Murrysville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°26′5″N 79°39′24″W / 40.43472°N 79.65667°W / 40.43472; -79.65667Coordinates: 40°26′5″N 79°39′24″W / 40.43472°N 79.65667°W / 40.43472; -79.65667
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyWestmoreland
Settled1788 (as Franklin Township)
Government
 • MayorRegis J. Synan
 • Chief AdministratorJames R Morrison
Area
 • Total36.84 sq mi (95.43 km2)
 • Land36.84 sq mi (95.41 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,110 ft (338.3 m)
Population
 • Total20,079
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
20,042
 • Density544.06/sq mi (210.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
FIPS code42-52432
Websitewww.murrysville.com

Murrysville, its formal legal name in its Charter as The Municipality of Murrysville, is listed as a borough with home rule status in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 18,872 at the 2000 census. It became a home rule Municipality in August 1976, when its electorate voted for its Charter designating it a Municipality.[3]

Geography[edit]

The Municipality of Murrysville is located at 40°26′5″N 79°39′24″W / 40.43472°N 79.65667°W / 40.43472; -79.65667 (40.434828, -79.656724).[4] It is roughly 20 miles east of Pittsburgh on U.S. Route 22,[5] just east of the county line that separates Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. Murrysville is a control city on the sign for eastbound US 22 at the eastern end of I-376 in Monroeville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Municipality had a total area of 36.9 square miles (96 km2), of which, 36.9 square miles (96 km2) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

Among the neighborhoods within Murrysville are Murrysville Heights, Heather Highlands, Franklin Estates, Settlers Ridge (The Ridge), Dunningtown, Newlonsburg, Ringertown, Sardis, and White Valley. Murrysville surrounds, but does not include, the Borough of Export, which is a separate municipal entity.

Surrounding neighborhoods[edit]

Murrysville has eight borders, including Upper Burrell Township to the north, Washington Township to the north and east, Salem Township to the south and southeast, Delmont to the southeast, Penn Township to the south, and the Allegheny County neighborhoods of Monroeville to the southwest and Plum to the west. The borough of Export is situated inside Murrysville in the south-southeast section.

Government[edit]

The Municipality of Murrysville is governed by a mayor (currently Regis J. Synan)[6] who is elected every two years and has executive/administrative powers, and a seven-member council, whose members are elected every four years and have precise legislative powers.[7]

In the mid-1970s, the community rapidly transitioned through three forms of government (township, borough, and home rule) and four legal name changes (Franklin Township, Franklin Borough, Murrysville Borough, and Municipality of Murrysville). Since 1976, it has operated under its Home Rule Charter as the Municipality of Murrysville.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 18,872 people, 7,083 households, and 5,630 families located in the municipality. The population density was 511.0 people per square mile (197.3/km²). There were 7,396 housing units at an average density of 200.3 per square mile (77.3/km²). The racial makeup of the Municipality was 95.38% White, 0.61% African American, 0.05% Native American, 3.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 7,083 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.01.

Historical population
Census Pop.
188081
19303,535
19403,7977.4%
19504,93730.0%
19608,51772.5%
197012,24443.8%
198016,03631.0%
199017,2407.5%
200018,8729.5%
201020,0796.4%
Est. 201620,042[2]−0.2%
source:,[9][10]

In the Municipality population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the Municipality was $64,071, and the median income for a family was $72,740. Males had a median income of $58,553 versus $32,567 for females. The per capita income for the Municipality was $32,017. About 2.2% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The Municipality of Murrysville is within the Franklin Regional School District. The district operates five schools: three elementary (Sloan, Heritage, Newlonsburg), Franklin Regional Middle School, and Franklin Regional High School, with Dr. Gennaro Piraino [11] as the district's superintendent. The district's high school boasts a graduation rate of 99.3% compared to the national average for public high schools of 82% [12] and is ranked #213 in Newsweek's 2016 "America's Top High Schools".[13] Private schools include Mother of Sorrows Catholic School.

Notable people[edit]

Local features[edit]

The Haymaker Gas Well in Murrysville was the nation's first commercial natural gas well. For some time, it remained the largest commercial gas well in the world.[15]

Since 1933, Murrysville has had a "tree sign" spelling out the word "Murrysville". The trees were landscaped to grow and form the letters by local Boy Scouts. The sign is situated on a large hill as one enters the Municipality from the Murrysville–Monroeville border, near U.S. Route 22. In 1947, the sign was featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" as the world's largest arboreal sign.[16] (It is no longer the world's largest, or even the largest in the country; "Luecke", near San Antonio, Texas, is much larger.) The "Y" in the Murrysville sign points to the Haymaker Gas Well.

In 1977, Murrysville was designated the "Gateway to Westmoreland County" by Mayor Dollman in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, community leaders upgraded sign and landscaping elaborately at the main entrance at the Allegheny / Westmoreland border featuring this designation. As is shown at the introduction of this page, the Gateway designation is featured on the official Seal of the Municipality.

See also[edit]

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. ^ Population Estimates Boundary Changes Archived 2006-02-06 at the Wayback Machine., United States Census Bureau, 2007-07-01. Accessed 2008-11-06.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Murrysville: United States". Geographical names. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  6. ^ "Welcome from the Mayor". The Municipality of Murrysville. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  7. ^ Murrysville Council Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Land Patterns" (PDF). Municipality of Murrysville. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  10. ^ "About Murrysville". Municipality of Murrysville. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  11. ^ "Office of the Superintendent - Franklin Regional School District". www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  12. ^ http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-high-school-graduation-rate-hits-new-record-high-0 U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High | US Department of Education
  13. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-high-schools-2016 America's Top High Schools 2016 | Newsweek
  14. ^ a b Rouvalis, Christina (October 21, 2013). "Inside the 'Dance Moms' Empire". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  15. ^ http://www.explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=436
  16. ^ Cleary, Caitlin (2005-06-06). "Murrysville landmark is fading from view". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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