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Penn Hills Township, Pennsylvania

Penn Hills is a large township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is a census-designated place. The population as of the 2000 census was 46,809, and is one of Pittsburgh's largest suburbs (by population).


In 1788, when Allegheny County was formed, the area now known as Penn Hills was part of Pitt Township. On January 16, 1850, Robert Logan, Thomas Davison, and Daniel Bieber were appointed by the court to review the boundaries of a new township to be formed from the northwestern part of Wilkins. This new township was formed and named Adams, until in August of 1850 when the action of the court was reconsidered to change the name to McNair Township. The name was again changed to Penn Township by Act of Assembly and approved on February 10, 1851. In 1958 Penn Township became Penn Hills Township, and in 1976 Penn Hills became a homerule municipality. The earliest population was given in 1860, when there were 1,821 people living in Penn Township. The population grew to 2,685 in 1870 and 3,291 in 1880.


Penn Hills is located at (40.476218, -79.833302).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 19.3 square miles (50.0 km²), of which, 19.0 square miles (49.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.40%) is water.

Penn Hills uses the ZIP Codes of 15235 and 15147; and the community is inside area code 412.

Surrounding communities

Churchill, East Hills (Pittsburgh), Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Oakmont, Homewood (Pittsburgh), Plum Borough, Verona, Wilkins Township, Wilkinsburg, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar (Pittsburgh)


As of the census of 2000, there were 46,809 people, 19,490 households, and 13,272 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,460.1 people per square mile (949.7/km²). There were 20,355 housing units at an average density of 1,069.8/sq mi (413.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 73.58% White, 24.24% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 19,490 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $39,960, and the median income for a family was $46,971. Males had a median income of $36,143 versus $27,331 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,161. About 5.6% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


Interstate 376 runs through the southernmost part of Penn Hills as route linking to other eastern suburbs, as well as Downtown Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Route 791, more commonly referred to as Rodi Road, connects heavily-traveled Frankstown Road (at PA-791's northern terminus) with I-376 at its southern terminus. Numerous restaurants, fast food locations, stores, gas stations, and hotels can be found on Rodi, as many truckers/travelers using I-376 use the Penn Hills exit to refuel, or even stay overnight.

For air travel, Pittsburgh International Airport, located in the western portion of the county is most commonly used. However, the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin is also still in use.

Several bus lines of the Port Authority of Allegheny County offer service to Downtown Pittsburgh, and the Port Authority also has several routes and "flyers" located in Penn Hills.

Government/Elected Officials

  • Mayor- Anthony DeLuca, Jr.
  • Deputy Mayor- Sara Kuhn
  • Council Member- Gary N. Underwood
  • Council Member- Joseph N. Palumbo
  • Council Member- Dr. J-LaVon Kincaid, Sr.
  • Controller- Theresa A. Sciulli
  • Municipal Manager- Terry VanHorne
  • Deputy Clerk- Diane Gionta Fitzhenry
  • District Justice- Leonard Hromyak
  • US Congress - 14th District- Michael F. Doyle
  • US Congress - 18th District- Tim Murphy
  • State Senate - 43rd District- Jay Costa
  • US Senate- Arlen Specter
  • US Senate- Bob Casey, Jr.
  • State Legislature - 32nd District- Anthony M. DeLuca

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