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Whitehall
Borough
Official name: Borough of Whitehall
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Coordinates 40°21′37″N 79°59′11″W / 40.36028°N 79.98639°W / 40.36028; -79.98639
Area 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 - land 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
Population 14,444 (2000)
Density 4,397.8 /sq mi (1,698 /km2)
Incorporated 1948
Mayor James Nowalk
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
School District Baldwin-Whitehall
Location of Whitehall in Allegheny County
Location of Whitehall in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Whitehall is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 14,444 at the 2000 census.

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History

The Whitehall is probably named after Silas D. Prior's tavern on Brownsville Road, which was re-named White Hall in the 1850's. The building is still in existence, but is in Brentwood, Pennsylvania. In 1948, Whitehall separated from Baldwin Township, Pennsylvania to become an independent municipality.[1] According to the book A History of Whitehall Borough and its Government: An Insider's View by former mayor Edwin F. Brennan, residents of Whitehall wanted better services and zoning than they received under the jurisdiction of the township.

Geography

Whitehall is located at 40°21′37″N 79°59′11″W / 40.36028°N 79.98639°W / 40.36028; -79.98639 (40.360292, -79.986271)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding communities

Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park (a neighboring municipality), Brentwood (a neighboring borough), Castle Shannon (a neighboring borough), Overbrook (a Pittsburgh neighborhood)

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,444 people, 6,294 households, and 3,958 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,397.8 people per square mile (1,700.3/km²). There were 6,519 housing units at an average density of 1,984.9/sq mi (767.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.60% White, 1.42% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 6,294 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,111, and the median income for a family was $60,371. Males had a median income of $42,658 versus $31,167 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,730. 6.4% of the population and 2.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.7% are under the age of 18 and 7.2% are 65 or older.

Government

A home rule community, the borough is governed by a mayor and seven council members, all elected at-large. Services are provided by a full-time administrator, twenty full-time police officers, a ten-person public works department and a handful of other staff members.

The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and Medical Rescue Team South Authority provide fire and ambulance service to the borough.

Transportation

Pennsylvania Route 51, a major area artery, delivers traffic from and through Whitehall to downtown Pittsburgh. The borough is also served by four county bus lines.

Recreation and Amenities

A thriving public library, large swimming pool, wading pool, four tennis courts and community room are provided at the municipal complex. Six ballfields and playgrounds are distributed throughout the borough. Swimming and tennis are also available at the private Whitehall Country Club, which draws members from surrounding communities that lack such facilities. The private (and somewhat more exclusive) South Hills Country Club provides golf, swimming, dining and social activities.

Caste Village, a large shopping center including a strip mall, outbuildings and offices, is the hub of retail activity in this largely-residential community. Additional stand-alone storefronts line Pennsylvania Route 51.

According to the official website, Whitehall is named one of the two "Most Livable Communities" in Metropolitan Pittsburgh by PHH Technologies Services, a company that advises corporations on employee relocations.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.whitehallboro.org/ Borough of Whitehall Website
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
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