Oakmont, Pennsylvania

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°31′10″N 79°50′15″W / 40.51944°N 79.83750°W / 40.51944; -79.83750Coordinates: 40°31′10″N 79°50′15″W / 40.51944°N 79.83750°W / 40.51944; -79.83750
CountryUnited States
Founded 1816Incorporated in 1889
 • MayorChristopher A. Whaley (R)
 • Total1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land1.59 sq mi (4.11 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
 • Total6,303
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,058.56/sq mi (1,566.96/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)412 Exchanges: 820,826,828
FIPS code42-56088
WebsiteOakmont, PA

Oakmont is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is a Pittsburgh suburb and part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The population was 6,303 at the 2010 Census.[3]

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°31′10″N 79°50′15″W / 40.51944°N 79.83750°W / 40.51944; -79.83750 (40.519518, -79.837620).[4]

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. Plum Creek flows through the borough.[5]

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods[edit]

Oakmont has three land borders, including Plum to the east, and Penn Hills and Verona to the south. Across the Allegheny River to the west and northwest, Oakmont runs adjacent with 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.[6]


School tax millage rate- The Riverview School District (shared with Oakmont borough and Verona borough) in 2017 was 23.01. This ranked 17th highest/most expensive out of Allegheny County's 45 school districts, between Shaler SD (the 16th highest) and Elizabeth-Forward SD (the 18th highest).[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20186,536[2]3.7%

As of the census[12] 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.

Government and Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14][15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 46% 1,754 53% 2,031 1% 38
2012 50% 1,882 48% 1,787 2% 44

Oakmont has been historically a Republican town and in the last election stayed Republican,

Points of interest[edit]

  • 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. 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, the most of any golf course, in 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007 and 2016, and is scheduled to host a tenth in 2025. It has also hosted three PGA Championships, five U.S. Amateurs, three NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, and two U.S. Women's Opens.
  • Oakmont Bakery, winner of Modern Baking magazine "Retail Bakery of the Year 2013," is located on Allegheny Avenue. Some of its other awards and recognitions include:

• 2017 Best of Pittsburgh "Best Bakery" and "Best Desserts" - Pittsburgh City Paper • Readers’ Choice 2017 Award - Trib Total Media • Best of the 'Burgh 2017 - Pittsburgh Magazine • Best of 2017 - www.borrowedandblue.com • The Knot Best of Weddings Best Pick 2017 • 2013 "America's Best Bakeries" - Bake Magazine • 2009 Leadership Award - Merchandising Modern Baking

  • The Kerr Memorial Museum, located at 402 Delaware Avenue, was originally a family home built in 1898 for the Kerr family and is now a museum which is open for tours. The Kerr Museum brings to life the story of the middle class in late nineteenth-century America, often overshadowed by that period's extremes of fabulous wealth and grinding poverty.
Carnegie Library of Oakmont
  • 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, located at 310 Allegheny Boulevard, first opened its doors on November 18, 1938 to a grand parade hosted by the boroughs of Oakmont and its "twin" borough of Verona. At the time, it was called “The Jewel of Oakmont” and featured indoor air conditioning which was a real treat for the time. In 2015 it was converted from a single-screen Art Deco-style theater to a modern, multi-purpose entertainment venue. The renovation maintained the original architectural style and grandeur of the theater, while adding modern amenities such as cabaret seating, a full-service bar, and updated lighting and sound capabilities. The theater hosts both local and national live music acts, as well as comedy performances, plays and movies.
  • 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. The bridge was demolished successfully with explosives at 9:49 AM on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, to make way for the opening of a new bridge. The entire project, including implosion of the original bridge, was completed in the Spring of 2016, in time for the 2016 U.S. Open at nearby Oakmont Country Club.[16]
  • Riverside Park, located along the Allegheny River, possesses tennis courts, basketball court, running track, pavilions, and a children's playground.
  • Oakmont History Center & Museum, is located at 628 Allegheny River Boulevard.
  • Mystery Lovers Bookshop, an independent bookstore founded in 1990, is located at 514 Allegheny River Boulevard. It is host to both national and local author events and signings. In 2010, Mystery Lovers Bookshop received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America in recognition of our contribution to the world of mystery writing.


Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Edgewater Steel Company in Oakmont, Pennsylvania[edit]

EPA Site Identification[edit]

EPA ID: PAD074966789

Property Area: 2.3 Acres

Other Names: Regional Industrial Development Corp (RIDC)

Cleanup Status: Corrective Action Underway

Human Exposures under Control: Yes, Controlled

Groundwater under Control: Yes, Controlled

Last Update: 6/4/2011


Cleanup Status[edit]

This facility is one of EPA Region III's high priority Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action sites. Edgewater Steel Company clean closed an EAF dust waste pile in 1991 and closed in place a construction/demolition waste landfill in 1995. The facility shut down operations in 2001. In October, 2001 an environmental inspection was done. An Environmental Indicator (EI) report was prepared in March 2002. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) determined that with the removal of waste from the manufacturing buildings, the EI's would be under control (Sept. 2003). The buildings were demolished in 2005, but some waste (dust) was apparently disposed on site during demolition activities. Subsequent sampling in 2006 did not locate any dust or materials that exhibited a hazardous waste characteristic. Additionally as part of a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Act 2 site characterization, limited TCE impacts to groundwater were found.

The site was divided into two parcels for remediation and redevelopment as residential, commercial and light industrial properties; the 32-acre Oakmont area and the 28 acre River Edge area. The Oakmont area remediation and redevelopment plan received PADEP Act 2 approval, and redevelopment is underway. The River Edge area is currently under remediation. [17]

Contaminants at this Facility[edit]

PADEP allowed the Edgewater Steel Corporation to cease groundwater monitoring activities for the former EAF dust landfill because: 1) it could not be properly monitored due to hydraulic influences from nearby Plum Creek and 2) Edgewater removed the EAF dust and contaminated soil, thus clean closing the unit. Earth Sciences Consultants, on behalf of Edgewater, closed monitoring wells MW-903 through MW-906. Therefore, this area posed no further groundwater contamination potential. Fay Construction currently owns the property where this unit was located.

The plant has a “large asbestos situation” in the old stream boilers, and possibly asbestos contaminated furnaces, ceiling tiles, and floor tiles, none of which are Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs). Operations have ceased at the site due to bankruptcy; hence there are currently no workers at the site. The plant is undergoing selective demolition, so any asbestos concerns will be addressed as part of any demolition work. [17]

New Construction At Former Edgewater Steel Site[edit]

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.[18] In addition to the residential area Edgewater will have its own commercial district. [19] [20]

Notable people[edit]

Reb Beach, American rock guitarist for Winger and Whitesnake.[21]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Oakmont borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Plum Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  6. ^ EL. "Best High Schools in Pennsylvania". Schooldigger.com. Schooldigger.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  7. ^ EL. "Allegheny County Treasurer". Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Population-Pennsylvania" (PDF). U.S. Census 1910. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee" (PDF). Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  12. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  14. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  15. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvani general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Hulton Bridge Replacement". Hulton Bridge Replacement. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  17. ^ a b c EPA, OSWER, ORCR, PIID, US. "Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Edgewater Steel Company in Oakmont, Pennsylvania - US EPA". US EPA.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  18. ^ "Construction is Under Way at Edgewater at Oakmont". 2 June 2011.
  19. ^ Usher, Holly. "Oakmont Planning Commission approved developing part of the former Edgewater Steel site". TribLIVE.com.
  20. ^ "Edgewater at Oakmont -". www.liveatedgewater.com.
  21. ^ "Preview: Reb Beach bounces between Whitesnake, Winger and his life in Oakmont".


  • Foote, Edward B.; Gagetta, Vince (1989). Beginning at a Black Oak: A Centennial History of Oakmont, 1889–1989. Pittsburgh: Wolfson Publishing.