Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Sewickley in March 2016
Sewickley in March 2016
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 80°11′04″W / 40.53639°N 80.18444°W / 40.53639; -80.18444Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 80°11′04″W / 40.53639°N 80.18444°W / 40.53639; -80.18444
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Mayor Brian F. Jeffe
 • Manager Kevin E. Flannery
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,827
 • Density 3,500/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP codes 15143
Area code 412
FIPS code 42-69736
GNIS feature ID 1187277
Website Borough of Sewickley

Sewickley is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 12 miles (19 km) west northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. It is a residential suburb of Pittsburgh. The population was 3,827 at the 2010 census. The Sewickley Bridge crosses the Ohio River at Sewickley.


Sewickley is thought to be a Native American word meaning "sweet water."[citation needed] Historians dispute if Native Americans were referring to the Ohio River as the "sweet water" or instead to the syrup derived from a local abundance of maple trees.[1][dead link][citation needed]}

Historian Charles A. Hanna suggested "Sewickley" came from Creek words for "raccoon" (sawi) and "town" (ukli). According to Hanna, the Asswikale branch of the Shawnee probably borrowed their name from the neighboring Sawokli Muscogee before the former's migration from present-day South Carolina to Pennsylvania.[2] Contemporary accounts from noted anthropologist Frederick Webb Hodge[3] and the Sewickley Presbyterian Chruch,[4] as well as the current Sewickley Valley Historical Society[5] concur to varying degrees with Mr. Hanna's etymology.


Sewickley is located at 40°32.2′N 80°10.5′W (40.5390, -80.1807).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (11.11%) is water.

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods[edit]

The borough of Sewickley is bordered directly by the boroughs of Edgeworth, Glen Osborne, and Sewickley Heights, as well as Aleppo Township. Along with those four municipalities, plus Bell Acres, Glenfield, Haysville, Leetsdale, Leet Township, and Sewickley Hills, Sewickley is located in the Quaker Valley School District. Together, these boroughs and townships constitute a loosely defined region in northwestern Allegheny County. Most of these eleven municipalities – not including Leetsdale and parts of Leet Township – share the Sewickley post office and its 15143 zip code.

Sewickley sits across the Ohio River from Moon Township and Coraopolis.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 795
1870 1,472 85.2%
1880 2,053 39.5%
1890 2,776 35.2%
1900 3,563 28.4%
1910 4,479 25.7%
1920 4,955 10.6%
1930 5,599 13.0%
1940 5,614 0.3%
1950 5,836 4.0%
1960 6,157 5.5%
1970 5,660 −8.1%
1980 4,778 −15.6%
1990 4,134 −13.5%
2000 3,902 −5.6%
2010 3,827 −1.9%
Est. 2015 3,829 [6] 0.1%

As of the 2010 census, there were 3,827 people with 1,765 households and 950 families residing in the borough's 1,965 housing units. The racial makeup of the borough was 88.8% White, 7.3% African American, with the remainder of other races or multi-racial. No other single race represented more than 2% of the population. Hispanics represented less than 2% of the population.[14]

According to the 2011–15 American Community Survey, the median household income in the borough was about $91,735 and the median family income was $118,507. The per capita income for the borough was about $54,149.[14]


There are several private schools in the area, including Sewickley Academy, St. James Catholic School, Eden Christian Academy, and Montessori Children's Community. The public school system, Quaker Valley School District, is renowned for an innovative laptop-technology grant received in 2000 from former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge. Quaker Valley School District is often regarded as one of the best and academically top-ranked school districts in the nation. In the spring of 2006, U.S.News & World Report ranked Quaker Valley High School among the top 2% of high schools nationwide. The Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District is a Library Journal Star Library for the third year in a row [15] and is continuously one of the top 25 largest libraries in the Pittsburgh Business Times Book of Lists.[16]

Health care[edit]

Sewickley is home to Sewickley Valley Hospital, which is part of the Heritage Valley Health System.

Notable people[edit]

Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux, as well as current Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Penguins assistant coach and former player Sergei Gonchar, retired Pittsburgh Steeler legend Franco Harris live in Sewickley, as well as former Steelers Quarterback Mike Tomczak. Lynn Swann is often thought to be a Sewickley resident, but lives in the neighboring borough of Sewickley Heights. Actor and former MTV VJ Dan Cortese and longtime NFL head coach legend Chuck Noll lived here, as well as former Penguins goalie Tom Barrasso. Musician William Fitzsimmons also hails from the borough. The U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th district, Keith Rothfus, lives in Sewickley. Former NFL head coach Chuck Knox was born and raised in Sewickley. Broadway and film star Caitlin Clarke lived in Sewickley since the age of 10. Former Sewickley resident is current Adult Film star, Amara Romani.

In popular culture[edit]

Parts of the movies Houseguest and The Mothman Prophecies were filmed in the Sewickley area. Houseguest in particular was filmed in many locations on Sewickley's main streets, Broad Street and Beaver Street. The Bruegger's Bagels on Beaver Street was transformed into a McDonald's during shooting. Scenes from Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, and The Lifeguard, starring Kristen Bell, were filmed in the town near the Sewickley Heights Manor.[17] Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum, began filming in the Sewickley area in October 2012.[18]

The fictional 1/24 scale town of Elgin Park, by artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith,[19] is actually based on the town of Sewickley. [20] [21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ What's in a Name?, Article about the origins of the word "Sewickley". Apr 14, 2004.
  2. ^ Charles Augustus Hanna (1911). "The Traders at Allegheny on the Main Path; With Some Annals of Kittanning and Chartier's Town". The Wilderness Trail: Or, The Ventures and Adventures of the Pennsylvania Traders on the Allegheny Path. 1. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 298. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology (1907). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico: A-M. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 536. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Presbyterian Church (Sewickley, Pa.) (1914). A history of the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley, Pennsylvania: consisting of certain addresses, delivered February 16-19, 1913, on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the permanent organization of the church ... New York: Knickerbocker Press. pp. 80–. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Origin of the Name "Sewickley"". 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties" (PDF). 1880 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  15. ^ Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance. "America's Star Libraries, 2011: Top-Rated Libraries". Library Journal. 
  16. ^ Book of Lists. Pittsburgh Business Times. 2012. ISSN 1097-1394. 
  17. ^ Tady, Scott (July 10, 2012). "'Lifeguard' movie shoots in Sewickley". Beaver County Times. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ Serafini, Kristina (October 17, 2012). "Film crews back in Sewickley area". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
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