Pennsylvania Allegheny County Public Libraries

By | January 1, 2023

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Allegheny County, PA. This list includes library formal name, street address, postal code, phone number and how many books are available. Check the following list to see all public libraries in Pennsylvania Allegheny County.

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1. Library System ALLEGHENY COUNTY LIBRARY ASSOC
22 Wabash Street, Suite 203, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-1123 Allegheny 85,621 62,921

2. Branch Library ALLEGHENY REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 5 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone Number: (412) 237-1890 Allegheny N/A N/A

3. Library System ANDREW BAYNE MEM LIBRARY
Street Address: 34 North Balph Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202
Phone Number: (412) 766-7447 Allegheny 60,563 41,104

4. Central Library ANDREW BAYNE MEM LIBRARY
Street Address: 34 North Balph Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202
Phone Number: (412) 766-7447 Allegheny N/A N/A

5. Library System ANDREW CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY
Street Address: 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone Number: (412) 276-3456 Allegheny 44,380 30,100

6. Central Library ANDREW CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY
Street Address: 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone Number: (412) 276-3456 Allegheny N/A N/A

7. Central Library AVALON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 317 South Home AVE., Avalon, PA 15202
Phone Number: (412) 761-2288 Allegheny N/A N/A

8. Library System AVALON PUBLIC LIBRARY

317 South Home AVE., Avalon, PA 15202
Phone Number: (412) 761-2288 Allegheny 34,923 30,696

9. Library System BALDWIN BOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: Wallace Building, 41 Macek Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Phone Number: (412) 885-2255 Allegheny 60,336 54,416

10. Central Library BALDWIN BOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: Wallace Building, 41 Macek Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Phone Number: (412) 885-2255 Allegheny N/A N/A

11. Branch Library BEECHVIEW BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 1910 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone Number: (412) 563-2900 Allegheny N/A N/A

12. Central Library BETHEL PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 5100 West Library Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102
Phone Number: (412) 835-2207 Allegheny N/A N/A

13. Library System BETHEL PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 5100 West Library Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102
Phone Number: (412) 835-2207 Allegheny 315,099 524,632

14. Library System BRADDOCK CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Street Address: 419 Library Street, Braddock, PA 15104
Phone Number: (412) 351-5357 Allegheny 10,202 N/A

15. Central Library BRADDOCK CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Street Address: 419 Library Street, Braddock, PA 15104
Phone Number: (412) 351-5357 Allegheny N/A N/A

16. Central Library BRENTWOOD LIBRARY
Street Address: 3501 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Phone Number: (412) 882-5694 Allegheny N/A N/A

17. Library System BRENTWOOD LIBRARY
Street Address: 3501 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Phone Number: (412) 882-5694 Allegheny 99,159 72,376

18. Library System BRIDGEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 441 Station St, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Phone Number: (412) 221-3737 Allegheny 51,854 26,163

19. Central Library BRIDGEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 441 Station St, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Phone Number: (412) 221-3737 Allegheny N/A N/A

20. Branch Library BROOKLINE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 708 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Phone Number: (412) 561-1003 Allegheny N/A N/A

21. Central Library C C MELLOR MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Street Address: One Pennwood Ave, Edgewood, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Phone Number: (412) 731-0909 Allegheny N/A N/A

22. Library System C C MELLOR MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Street Address: One Pennwood Ave, Edgewood, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Phone Number: (412) 731-0909 Allegheny 123,566 N/A

23. Library System CARNEGIE FR LIB OF SWISSVALE
1800 Monongahela Ave, Swissvale, PA 15218
Phone Number: (412) 731-2300 Allegheny 47,205 79,200

24. Central Library CARNEGIE FR LIB OF SWISSVALE
1800 Monongahela Ave, Swissvale, PA 15218
Phone Number: (412) 731-2300 Allegheny N/A N/A

25. Central Library CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF HOMESTEAD
510 East 10th Ave, Munhall, PA 15120
Phone Number: (412) 462-3444 Allegheny N/A N/A

26. Library System CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF HOMESTEAD
510 East 10th Ave, Munhall, PA 15120
Phone Number: (412) 462-3444 Allegheny 73,229 152,354

27. Library System CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF MCKEESPORT
1507 Library Avenue, Mckeesport, PA 15132
Phone Number: (412) 672-0625 Allegheny 153,249 85,784

28. Central Library CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF MCKEESPORT
1507 Library Avenue, Mckeesport, PA 15132
Phone Number: (412) 672-0625 Allegheny N/A N/A

29. Library System CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone Number: (412) 622-3114 Allegheny 3,204,651 1,910,522

30. Central Library CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone Number: (412) 622-3114 Allegheny N/A N/A

31. Branch Library CARRICK BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 1811 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Phone Number: (412) 882-3897 Allegheny N/A N/A

32. Central Library CLAIRTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 616 Miller Ave, Clairton, PA 15025
Phone Number: (412) 233-7966 Allegheny N/A N/A

33. Library System CLAIRTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 616 Miller Ave, Clairton, PA 15025
Phone Number: (412) 233-7966 Allegheny 30,753 60,713

34. Library System COMM LIB OF ALLEGHENY VALLEY
1522 Broadview BLVD., Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Phone Number: (724) 226-3491 Allegheny 100,816 99,026

35. Central Library COMM LIB OF ALLEGHENY VALLEY
1522 Broadview BLVD., Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Phone Number: (724) 226-3491 Allegheny N/A N/A

36. Central Library COMM LIBRARY OF CASTLE SHANNON
3677 Myrtle Ave, Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Phone Number: (412) 563-4552 Allegheny N/A N/A

37. Library System COMM LIBRARY OF CASTLE SHANNON
3677 Myrtle Ave, Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Phone Number: (412) 563-4552 Allegheny 83,794 56,698

38. Branch Library COMMUNITY LIBRARY OF ALLEGHENY VALLEY-TARENTUM
400 Lock Street, Tarentum, PA 15084
Phone Number: (724) 226-0770 Allegheny N/A N/A

39. Library System CORAOPOLIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Street Address: 601 School St, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Phone Number: (412) 264-3502 Allegheny 28,344 30,775

40. Central Library CORAOPOLIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Street Address: 601 School St, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Phone Number: (412) 264-3502 Allegheny N/A N/A

41. Central Library CRAFTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 140 Bradford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone Number: (412) 922-6877 Allegheny N/A N/A

42. Library System CRAFTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 140 Bradford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone Number: (412) 922-6877 Allegheny 64,182 38,570

43. Library System DORMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone Number: (412) 531-8754 Allegheny 42,635 31,690

44. Central Library DORMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone Number: (412) 531-8754 Allegheny N/A N/A

45. Branch Library DOWNTOWN AND BUSINESS BRANCH
Street Address: 612 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone Number: (412) 281-5945 Allegheny N/A N/A

46. Branch Library DUQUESNE BRANCH
Street Address: 300 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110
Phone Number: (412) 469-9143 Allegheny N/A N/A

47. Branch Library EAST LIBERTY BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 130 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone Number: (412) 665-2101 Allegheny N/A N/A

48. Branch Library EASTRIDGE BRANCH WILKINSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 1900 Graham Blvd Rear, Wilkinsburg, PA 15235
Phone Number: (412) 342-0056 Allegheny N/A N/A

49. Branch Library ELIZABETH FORWARD BRANCH
Street Address: 401 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth Township, PA 15037
Phone Number: (412) 896-2371 Allegheny N/A N/A

50. Library System F.O.R. STO-ROX LIBRARY
Street Address: 500 Chartiers Ave, Mckees Rocks, PA 15136
Phone Number: (412) 771-1222 Allegheny 23,175 16,179

51. Central Library F.O.R. STO-ROX LIBRARY
Street Address: 500 Chartiers Ave, Mckees Rocks, PA 15136
Phone Number: (412) 771-1222 Allegheny N/A N/A

52. Branch Library FOREST HILLS BRANCH
Street Address: 444 Avenue D, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone Number: (412) 824-3567 Allegheny N/A N/A

53. Bookmobile GENERAL BUS
50 Alexander ST., Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-2521 Allegheny N/A N/A

54. Central Library GREEN TREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 10 W Manilla Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-9292 Allegheny N/A N/A

55. Library System GREEN TREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 10 W Manilla Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-9292 Allegheny 92,682 104,125

56. Library System HAMPTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Street Address: 3101 Mccully Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Phone Number: (412) 684-1098 Allegheny 51,210 38,614

57. Central Library HAMPTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Street Address: 3101 Mccully Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Phone Number: (412) 684-1098 Allegheny N/A N/A

58. Branch Library HAZELWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4901 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207
Phone Number: (412) 421-2517 Allegheny N/A N/A

59. Branch Library HILL DISTRICT BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 419 Dinwiddie Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone Number: (412) 281-3753 Allegheny N/A N/A

60. Branch Library HOMEWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 7101 Hamilton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone Number: (412) 731-3080 Allegheny N/A N/A

61. Central Library JEFFERSON HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 925 Old Clairton Rd, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Phone Number: (412) 655-7741 Allegheny N/A N/A

62. Library System JEFFERSON HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 925 Old Clairton Rd, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Phone Number: (412) 655-7741 Allegheny 42,899 N/A

63. Branch Library KNOXVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 400 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Phone Number: (412) 381-6543 Allegheny N/A N/A

64. Library System LAURI ANN WEST MEM LIBRARY
Street Address: 1220 Powers Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone Number: (412) 828-9520 Allegheny 186,805 101,341

65. Central Library LAURI ANN WEST MEM LIBRARY
Street Address: 1220 Powers Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone Number: (412) 828-9520 Allegheny N/A N/A

66. Branch Library LAWRENCEVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 279 Fisk Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone Number: (412) 682-3668 Allegheny N/A N/A

67. Branch Library LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND & PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED
4724 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone Number: (412) 687-2440 Allegheny N/A N/A

68. Branch Library LINCOLN PARK SATELLITE LIBRARY
Street Address: 7300 Ridgeview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Phone Number: (412) 362-7729 Allegheny N/A N/A

69. Branch Library MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. READING CENTER
636 Herron Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone Number: (412) 622-6270 Allegheny N/A N/A

70. Central Library MONROEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone Number: (412) 372-0500 Allegheny N/A N/A

71. Library System MONROEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone Number: (412) 372-0500 Allegheny 223,406 142,861

72. Library System MOON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 1700 Beaver Grade Rd, Suite 100, Moon Township, PA 15108
Phone Number: (412) 269-0334 Allegheny 157,548 104,202

73. Central Library MOON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 1700 Beaver Grade Rd, Suite 100, Moon Township, PA 15108
Phone Number: (412) 269-0334 Allegheny N/A N/A

74. Central Library MOUNT LEBANON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Phone Number: (412) 531-1912 Allegheny N/A N/A

75. Library System MOUNT LEBANON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Phone Number: (412) 531-1912 Allegheny 563,852 374,679

76. Branch Library MOUNT WASHINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 315 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Phone Number: (412) 381-3380 Allegheny N/A N/A

77. Central Library NORTH VERSAILLES PUB LIBRARY
Street Address: 1401 Greensburg Ave, North Versailles, PA 15137
Phone Number: (412) 823-2222 Allegheny N/A N/A

78. Library System NORTH VERSAILLES PUB LIBRARY
Street Address: 1401 Greensburg Ave, North Versailles, PA 15137
Phone Number: (412) 823-2222 Allegheny 47,118 21,963

79. Library System NORTHERN TIER REGIONAL LIBRARY
Street Address: 4015 Dickey Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044
Phone Number: (724) 449-2665 Allegheny 244,855 147,000

80. Central Library NORTHERN TIER REGIONAL LIBRARY
Street Address: 4015 Dickey Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044
Phone Number: (724) 449-2665 Allegheny N/A N/A

81. Branch Library NORTHERN TIER REGIONAL LIBRARY: PINE CENTER
700 Warrendale RD., Gibsonia, PA 15044
Phone Number: (724) 625-5655 Allegheny N/A N/A

82. Central Library NORTHLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone Number: (412) 366-8100 Allegheny N/A N/A

83. Library System NORTHLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone Number: (412) 366-8100 Allegheny 910,956 415,752

84. Library System OAKMONT CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Street Address: 700 Allegheny River Blvd, Oakmont, PA 15139
Phone Number: (412) 828-9532 Allegheny 71,143 59,626

85. Central Library OAKMONT CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Street Address: 700 Allegheny River Blvd, Oakmont, PA 15139
Phone Number: (412) 828-9532 Allegheny N/A N/A

86. Central Library PENN HILLS LIBRARY
Street Address: 240 Aster St, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Phone Number: (412) 798-3507 Allegheny N/A N/A

87. Library System PENN HILLS LIBRARY
Street Address: 240 Aster St, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Phone Number: (412) 798-3507 Allegheny 294,759 308,384

88. Library System PLEASANT HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 302 Old Clairton Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone Number: (412) 655-2424 Allegheny 108,794 N/A

89. Central Library PLEASANT HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 302 Old Clairton Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone Number: (412) 655-2424 Allegheny N/A N/A

90. Central Library PLUM BOROUGH LIBRARY
Street Address: 445 Center-new Texas Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Phone Number: (412) 798-7323 Allegheny N/A N/A

91. Library System PLUM BOROUGH LIBRARY
Street Address: 445 Center-new Texas Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Phone Number: (412) 798-7323 Allegheny 96,281 53,440

92. Bookmobile PRESCHOOL BUS
50 Alexander Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-2521 Allegheny N/A N/A

93. Central Library SCOTT TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
Street Address: 301 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone Number: (412) 429-5380 Allegheny N/A N/A

94. Library System SCOTT TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 301 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone Number: (412) 429-5380 Allegheny 95,764 93,002

95. Bookmobile SENIOR BUS
50 Alexander ST., Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-2521 Allegheny N/A N/A

96. Central Library SEWICKLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 500 Thorn St, Sewickley, PA 15143
Phone Number: (412) 741-6920 Allegheny N/A N/A

97. Library System SEWICKLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 500 Thorn St, Sewickley, PA 15143
Phone Number: (412) 741-6920 Allegheny 325,015 296,180

98. Library System SHALER NORTH HILLS LIBRARY
Street Address: 1822 Mount Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116
Phone Number: (412) 486-0211 Allegheny 367,641 159,000

99. Central Library SHALER NORTH HILLS LIBRARY
Street Address: 1822 Mount Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116
Phone Number: (412) 486-0211 Allegheny N/A N/A

100. Branch Library SHARPSBURG BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 200 Linden Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number: (412) 781-0783 Allegheny N/A N/A

101. Branch Library SHERADEN BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 720 Sherwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15204
Phone Number: (412) 331-1135 Allegheny N/A N/A

102. Library System SOUTH FAYETTE TWP LIBRARY
Street Address: 515 Millers Run Rd, Morgan, PA 15064
Phone Number: (412) 257-8660 Allegheny 53,073 27,064

103. Central Library SOUTH FAYETTE TWP LIBRARY
Street Address: 515 Millers Run Rd, Morgan, PA 15064
Phone Number: (412) 257-8660 Allegheny N/A N/A

104. Central Library SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
Street Address: 2575 Brownsville Rd, Library, PA 15129
Phone Number: (412) 833-5585 Allegheny N/A N/A

105. Library System SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
Street Address: 2575 Brownsville Rd, Library, PA 15129
Phone Number: (412) 833-5585 Allegheny 57,163 43,644

106. Branch Library SOUTH SIDE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 2205 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone Number: (412) 431-0505 Allegheny N/A N/A
107. Library System SPRINGDALE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 331 School St, Springdale, PA 15144
Phone Number: (724) 274-9729 Allegheny 50,537 21,113

108. Central Library SPRINGDALE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 331 School St, Springdale, PA 15144
Phone Number: (724) 274-9729 Allegheny N/A N/A

109. Branch Library SQUIRRELL HILL BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 5801 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone Number: (412) 422-9650 Allegheny N/A N/A

110. Library System UPPER ST CLAIR TWNSHP LIBRARY
Street Address: 1820 Mclaughlin Run Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241
Phone Number: (412) 835-5540 Allegheny 290,577 N/A

111. Central Library UPPER ST CLAIR TWNSHP LIBRARY
Street Address: 1820 Mclaughlin Run Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241
Phone Number: (412) 835-5540 Allegheny N/A N/A

112. Branch Library WEST END BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 47 Wabash Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone Number: (412) 921-1717 Allegheny N/A N/A

113. Library System WESTERN ALLEGHENY COMM LIBRARY
Street Address: 8042 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071
Phone Number: (724) 695-8150 Allegheny 105,449 33,131

114. Central Library WESTERN ALLEGHENY COMM LIBRARY
Street Address: 8042 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071
Phone Number: (724) 695-8150 Allegheny N/A N/A

115. Branch Library WHITE OAK BRANCH
Street Address: 169 Victoria Drive, White Oak, PA 15131
Phone Number: (412) 678-2002 Allegheny N/A N/A

116. Library System WHITEHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 100 Borough Park Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone Number: (412) 882-6622 Allegheny 174,153 41,493

117. Central Library WHITEHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 100 Borough Park Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone Number: (412) 882-6622 Allegheny N/A N/A

118. Central Library WILKINSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 605 Ross Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Phone Number: (412) 244-2940 Allegheny N/A N/A

119. Library System WILKINSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 605 Ross Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Phone Number: (412) 244-2940 Allegheny 98,317 135,255

120. Branch Library WOODS RUN BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 1201 Woods Run Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone Number: (412) 761-3730 Allegheny N/A N/A

Overview of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Allegheny County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population is 1,281,666. The county seat is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

History

Before it was settled by Europeans, the county was mostly wilderness and uninhabited except for wandering Indians such as the Iroquois, who were the largest tribe in the area. The Allegheny River, Mountains, and County get their name from the Allegwi Indians who were also in the area.

The first Europeans to enter the area were the French in 1749. Captain Pierre Joseph de Celeron, sieur de Blainville claimed the Ohio Valley and all of Western Pennsylvania for Louis XV of France. The captain travelled along the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers inserting lead plates in the ground to mark the land for France.

Since most of the towns in that time were developed along waterways, both the French and the British desired control over the rivers in the area. So the British sent Major George Washington to try to compel the French to leave their posts, with no success. Having failed in his mission he returned, crossing the ice-filled Allegheny River where he almost drowned. In 1754 the English tried again to enter the area. This time, they sent 41 Virginians to build Fort Prince George. The French got news of the fort and sent an army to take over the fort. The French resumed building on the incomplete fort and fortified it. They renamed the fort to Fort Duquesne.

The loss of the fort cost the English dearly because Fort Duquesne became one of the focal points of the French and Indian War. The first attempt to retake the fort, by General Edward Braddock, failed miserably. It was not until General John Forbes attacked in 1758, four years after they had lost the fort, that they recaptured and destroyed the fort. They built a new fort with a moat and named it Fort Pitt.

Allegheny County was officially created on September 24, 1788 from parts of Washington and Westmoreland Counties. It was formed due to pressure from settlers living in the area around Pittsburgh, which became the county seat in 1791. Shortly afterwards a whiskey excise tax was imposed by the United States Federal Government. This started the so-called Whiskey Rebellion when the farmers who depended on whiskey income refused to pay and drove off a local town’s marshal. After many demonstrations by farmers, President George Washington arrived with troops to stop the rebellion.

The area developed rapidly throughout the 19th to become the center of steel production in the nation. Pittsburgh would later be labelled as the “Steel Capital of the World.”

Law and government

For most of the 20th century until 1999, the county was governed exclusively under the state’s Second Class County Code. Under this code, the county handled everything: elections, prisons, airports, public health and city planning. Unlike the rest of the state where certain public offices are combined and held by one person, in Allegheny County all public offices are held by elected individuals.

Before January 1, 2000, there were 3 county commissioners. These were replaced with an elected chief officer (the county executive), a county council with 15 members (13 elected by district, 2 elected county-wide), and an appointed county manager. The changes were intended to maintain a separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches while providing the citizens with greater control over the government.

The county has 130 municipalities (more than any other county in the United States) with their own governmental setup. The county has one Second Class City (Pittsburgh) and 3 Third Class Cities (Clairton, Duquesne, and McKeesport).

A 2004 study by the University of Pittsburgh stated that Allegheny County would be better served by consolidating the southeastern portion of the county (which includes many small, poor communities) into one large municipality, called “Rivers City”, which would have a combined population of approximately 250,000.

Geography

Allegheny County is known for the three rivers that flow through the county and meet in Pittsburgh: the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. An additional river, the Youghiogheny, meets the Monongahela at McKeesport. The land is covered with large amounts of forests.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,929 km2 (745 mi2). 1,891 km2 (730 mi2) of it is land and 38 km2 (15 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 1.95% water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there are 1,281,666 people, 537,150 households, and 332,495 families residing in the county. The population density is 678/km2 (1,755/mi2). There are 583,646 housing units at an average density of 309/km2 (799/mi2). The racial makeup of the county is 84.33% White, 12.41% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.69% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 0.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 537,150 households out of which 26.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.10% are married couples living together, 12.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.10% are non-families. 32.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.96.

In the county, the population is spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 90.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.20 males.

Economy

In the late 1700s farming played a critical role in the growth of the area. There was a surplus of grain due to transportation difficulties in linking with the eastern portion of the state. As a result, the farmers distilled the grain into whiskey, which significantly helped the farmers financially.

The area quickly became one of the key manufacturing areas in the young country. Pittsburgh quickly became the largest inland port in the nation, which it remains today. Coupled with deposits of iron and coal and the easy access to waterways, the city quickly became one of the most important steel producing areas in the world.

With the decline of the steel industry, the area shifted to other industries. Today the area is known for its hospitals, universities, and industrial centers. Because of this, the city is the home to a number of large companies such as the H J Heinz Corporation.

Municipalities

Cities

  • Clairton
  • Duquesne
  • McKeesport
  • Pittsburgh

Boroughs

  • Aspinwall
  • Avalon
  • Baldwin
  • Bell Acres
  • Bellevue
  • Ben Avon
  • Ben Avon Heights
  • Bethel Park
  • Blawnox
  • Brackenridge
  • Braddock
  • Braddock Hills
  • Bradfordwoods
  • Brentwood
  • Bridgeville
  • Carnegie
  • Castle Shannon
  • Chalfant
  • Cheswick
  • Churchill
  • Coraopolis
  • Crafton
  • Dormont
  • Dravosburg
  • East McKeesport
  • East Pittsburgh
  • Edgewood
  • Edgeworth
  • Elizabeth
  • Emsworth
  • Etna
  • Forest Hills
  • Fox Chapel
  • Franklin Park
  • Glassport
  • Glenfield
  • Green Tree
  • Haysville
  • Heidelberg
  • Homestead
  • Ingram
  • Jefferson Hills
  • Leetsdale
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • McDonald
  • McKees Rocks
  • Millvale
  • Monroeville
  • Mount Oliver
  • Munhall
  • North Braddock
  • Oakdale
  • Oakmont
  • Osborne
  • Pennsbury Village
  • Pitcairn
  • Pleasant Hills
  • Plum
  • Port Vue
  • Rankin
  • Rosslyn Farms
  • Sewickley
  • Sewickley Heights
  • Sewickley Hills
  • Sharpsburg
  • Springdale
  • Swissvale
  • Tarentum
  • Thornburg
  • Trafford
  • Turtle Creek
  • Verona
  • Versailles
  • Wall
  • West Elizabeth
  • West Homestead
  • West Mifflin
  • West View
  • Whitaker
  • White Oak
  • Whitehall
  • Wilkinsburg
  • Wilmerding

Townships

  • Aleppo Township
  • Baldwin Township
  • Collier Township
  • Crescent Township
  • East Deer Township
  • Elizabeth Township
  • Fawn Township
  • Findlay Township
  • Forward Township
  • Frazer Township
  • Hampton Township
  • Harmar Township
  • Harrison Township
  • Indiana Township
  • Kennedy Township
  • Kilbuck Township
  • Leet Township
  • Marshall Township
  • McCandless
  • Moon Township
  • Mount Lebanon
  • Neville Township
  • North Fayette Township
  • North Versailles
  • O’Hara Township
  • Ohio Township
  • Penn Hills
  • Pine Township
  • Reserve Township
  • Richland Township
  • Robinson Township
  • Ross Township
  • Scott Township
  • Shaler Township
  • South Fayette Township
  • South Park Township
  • South Versailles Township
  • Springdale Township
  • Stowe Township
  • Upper St. Clair
  • West Deer Township
  • Wilkins Township

Census-designated places

  • Carnot-Moon
  • Curtisville
  • Imperial-Enlow
  • Russellton
  • Sturgeon-Noblestown

Education

Colleges and Universities

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Byzantine Catholic Seminary
  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham College
  • DeVry University
  • Duquesne University
  • La Roche College
  • Penn State McKeesport
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Point Park University
  • Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Robert Morris University
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Pittsburgh

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges

  • Bidwell Training Center
  • Bradford School
  • Career Training Academy
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Dean Institute of Technology
  • Duffs Business Institute
  • ICM School of Business and Medical Careers
  • International Academy of Design and Technology
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Median School of Allied Health Careers
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Pittsburgh Beauty Academy
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
  • Pittsburgh Technical Institute
  • Rosedale Technical Institute
  • Triangle Tech
  • Western School of Health and Business Careers