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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Borough
Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont, PA
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Coordinates 40°31′10″N 79°50′15″W / 40.51944°N 79.8375°W / 40.51944; -79.8375
Population 6,911 (2000)
Founded 1816 Incorporated in 1889
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15139
Area code 412
Location of Oakmont in Allegheny County
Location of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania
Website: Oakmont, PA

Oakmont is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. It is a Pittsburgh suburb and part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. In 1900, 2,323 people lived here; in 1910, 3,436, and in 1940, 6,260. The population was 6,911 at the 2000 census. 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 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 Oakmont Country Club, a premier golf course which has been the site of the United States Open Golf Championship tournaments in 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, and 2007, and is scheduled to host it again in 2016. Oakmont is also home to the historic Oaks Theater, an independent movie theater, which shows artsy first-run films and cult classic cinema.

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Geography

Oakmont is located at 40°31′10″N 79°50′15″W / 40.51944°N 79.8375°W / 40.51944; -79.8375 (40.519518, -79.837620).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (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.

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods

Harmar Township (via Hulton Bridge), Verona, Penn Hills, Plum

Demographics

As of the census[2] 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/sq mi (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.

Arts and culture

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Museums and other points of interest

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. The library is free and open to the public. An addition was added on between 2003 and 2005.

Another very popular attraction is the Oakmont Country Club, widely known for its prestigious golf course. The course has been consistently ranked in the top five courses of the world, of every course list. It's also accepted as one of the most challenging golf courses in the world due to its many bunkers and sand traps. It has hosted eight U.S. Open's, the most recent being in 2007.

The Oaks is an original classic movie theater located on the Boulevard. It has one screen showing both new and old movies. They also host the Rocky Horror Picture Show the last Friday of every month.

The Oakmont Verona Cemetery is located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Oakmont.

The Isabella Watson Grier House was built in 1857. It is located at 223 4th Street.

The Hulton Bridge was constructed in 1908 and connects Oakmont and Harmar.

See also

Gallery

Notes

References

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

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