Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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Incorporated as a town in 1889, this Allegheny River community began in 1816 when a farmer, Michael Bright, bought a large tract of land 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. The settlement took its name from a landmark tree, as the deed description reads, "Beginning at a black oak on the bank of the Allegheny River ..." The borough is best known for the nearby Oakmont Country Club, a premier golf course which has been the site of numerous U.S. Open golf tournaments, including the 2016 U.S. Open.
Oakmont is located at (40.519518, -79.837620).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 8.99%, is water. The business district of town is on relatively flat land near the Allegheny River, but the main residential area is on the upward slope headed toward Oakmont Country Club and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Oakmont is bordered by the borough of Plum to the east and by Penn Hills Township and the borough of Verona to the south. Across the Allegheny River, Oakmont is bordered by O'Hara Township to the west and Harmar Township to the north (via the Hulton Bridge).
Oakmont is served by the Riverview School District. Riverview High School ranked 330 out of 580 statewide public high schools on statewide standardized testing in 2014.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,911 people, 3,118 households, and 1,708 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,250.0 people per square mile (1,637.0/km²). There were 3,269 housing units at an average density of 2,010.3 per square mile (774.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.84% White, 0.90% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.
There were 3,118 households, out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.2% were non-families. 39.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 79.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $41,957, and the median income for a family was $57,821. Males had a median income of $42,152 versus $32,721 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,716. About 4.3% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
- The Oakmont Country Club, widely known for its prestigious golf course, is located just outside the borough limits in the neighboring borough of Plum. The course has been consistently ranked in the top five courses of the world, of every course list. It is also accepted as one of the most challenging golf courses in the world due to its many bunkers and sand traps. It has hosted nine U.S. Opens in 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007 and 2016, and is scheduled to host a tenth in 2025.
- Oakmont Bakery, winner of Modern Baking magazine "Retail Bakery of the Year", is located on Allegheny Avenue.
- The Kerr Memorial Museum was originally a family home built in 1898 for the Kerr family. It is now a museum set up for tours.
- The Carnegie Library of Oakmont was built in 1899. It was the tenth library commissioned by Andrew Carnegie in America. The library is free and open to the public. An addition was added on between 2003 and 2005.
- The Oaks Theater is a classic-styled movie house located on the towns main Boulevard. It has one screen showing both new movies and old favorites. The theater was built in 1938 to replace the original theater which had occupied the adjacent site from the late 19th century, until it was closed in the early forties, shortly after the current theater was built. The Oaks Theater officially opened on November the 18th, 1938 to a grand parade hosted by both the boroughs of Oakmont as well as the "twin" borough of Verona.
- The Oakmont Verona Cemetery is located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Oakmont.
- The Jonathon Hulton Bridge was constructed in 1908. Spanning the Allegheny River, it connects Oakmont and Harmarville. A new bridge at the same site was completed in October 2015. The old bridge is scheduled for demolition in early 2016.
- Riverside Park, located along the Allegheny River, possesses tennis courts, basketball court, running track, pavilions, and a children's playground.
- Oakmont History Center & Museum, 628 Allegheny River Boulevard
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At the site where Edgewater Steel once stood, a new greener residential neighborhood is rising. The new residential area of Oakmont will acquire condominiums, town homes, manor flats, cottage homes, village homes, green spaces, a waterfront park, and more. Edgewater will obtain 242 homes ranging from $200,000 to $700,000. These new homes will reduce energy uses by 30%. Home construction began in July 2011, with 26 home lots already sold. In addition to the residential area Edgewater will have its own commercial district.
Dr. Thomas R. Kerr House and Office Museum (circa 1897).
The Oakmont Country Club, since 1903.
Jonathon Hulton Bridge, a truss bridge built in 1908.
Riverview Junior-Senior High School, located in Oakmont.
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