Versailles, Pennsylvania

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Versailles
Borough
Boston Bridge
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°19′1″N 79°50′0″W / 40.31694°N 79.83333°W / 40.31694; -79.83333Coordinates: 40°19′1″N 79°50′0″W / 40.31694°N 79.83333°W / 40.31694; -79.83333
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyAllegheny
Incorporated16 June 1894
Area
 • Total0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Land0.49 sq mi (1.26 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Population
 • Total1,515
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
1,482
 • Density3,049.38/sq mi (1,177.81/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-80040
WebsiteVersailles Borough

Versailles is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 1,515.[3] Despite being named after the extraordinary Palace of Versailles, the name of the borough is almost universally pronounced ver-sales by residents of the area.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The borough of Versailles was incorporated on 16 June 1894.[4] It comprised the pre-existing villages of Bissell and Elrod.[5] An earlier incorporation in 1892 had been voided because of a defective petition.[5]

Geography[edit]

Versailles is located at 40°19′1″N 79°50′0″W / 40.31694°N 79.83333°W / 40.31694; -79.83333 (40.316869, -79.833414).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), of which 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 9.26%, is water, The Youghiogheny River.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900870
19101,43765.2%
19201,93634.7%
19302,47327.7%
19402,401−2.9%
19502,4843.5%
19602,297−7.5%
19702,75419.9%
19802,150−21.9%
19901,821−15.3%
20001,724−5.3%
20101,515−12.1%
Est. 20161,482[2]−2.2%
Sources:[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 1,724 people, 852 households, and 442 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,511.1 people per square mile (1,358.4/km2). There were 937 housing units at an average density of 1,908.3 per square mile (738.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.88% White, 2.55% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 852 households, out of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.1% were non-families. 42.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 17.1% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 80.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $24,552, and the median income for a family was $36,184. Males had a median income of $29,242 versus $24,464 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,889. About 10.2% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

Versailles is governed by a seven-member borough council, with one of its members serving as president. In January 2009, the president was Patricia Brown, and the other members of council were Amy Barnes, Gene Ferry, Jim Sheedy, Linda Sheedy, Bob Stanesic, and Walt Winkler.[14]

Presidential Elections Results[15][16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 49% 303 50% 311 1% 8
2012 46% 266 53% 304 1% 5

Public services[edit]

Versailles has historically maintained a small police force, which in January 2009 had a strength of three full-time officers and was supplemented with a number of part-time officers. This force was abolished by a close vote of the borough council on January 20, 2009. In its place, the council agreed to a contract with the larger borough of White Oak to the east to have White Oak police serve in Versailles.[14] Versailles reactivated its own police department in 2010.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Versailles borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Kordalski, Frank J. Jr.; Kordalski, Michael R. (2015). Old Versailles Township. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-4671-2354-9.
  5. ^ a b "In re Borough of Versailles". Pittsburgh Legal Journal. 41 (51): 474. 18 July 1894.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  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. ^ 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. ^ a b "Versailles council votes to disband police force". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2009-01-21, page A-6.
  15. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  16. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvani general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  17. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2010/01/28/Versailles-reinstates-its-three-police-officers/stories/201001280427