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A Brief History of Wilkinsburg, PA

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The personal injury lawyers in Wilkinsburg, PA, present this article to offer readers some detailed information about the area.

The borough of Wilkinsburg is in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The borough spans a total area of 2.25 square miles entirely composed of land and hosts an approximate population of 15,292 with a population density of 6,793.43 per square mile. Wilkinsburg belongs to zip codes 15221 and 15235.

History

Wilkinsburg was originally inhabited by Native Americans who utilized the land's access to the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Being located on the Appalachian Plateau made the area an ideal location for fishing and hunting.

Native Americans inhabited the land of Wilkinsburg for hundreds of years until European settlers arrived in the early 1700s.

Following European settlement, the land became a center for colonial sites and later was a battleground for the French and Indian War. By 1784, Native Americans were pushed out of the land by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix.

In 1812, the land was officially named Wilkinsburg after John Wilkins Jr., a United States Army officer who served from 1796-1802.

During the 1800s, Wilkinsburg became a prime location for mining and manufacturing jobs. Due to the available work, the area saw an influx of Europeans and African Americans from the late 1800s until the early 1900s.

By 1887, Wilkinsburg became an independent borough and continues to thrive as a flourishing borough today.

Demographics

Wilkinsburg is home to a slight majority of female residents (59%) and a minority of male residents (41%). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age in the borough is 39.4 years old.

The racial demographic of Wilkinsburg is as follows:

  • 55% African American
  • 36% White
  • 5% Two or More Races
  • 2% Asian
  • 1% Hispanic

Residents of Wilkinsburg live a relatively comfortable lifestyle with a median household income of $36,743 and a median individual income of $27,237.

The majority of Wilkinsburg residents (65%) rent their homes with a median rent of $838. A minority of the population (35%) own their homes, with a median home value of $87,800.

The education levels of residents in Wilkinsburg vary and are as follows:

  • 15% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 23% Bachelor's Degree
  • 31% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 25% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 6% Less Than a High School Diploma

The unemployment rate in Wilkinsburg is 4.5%, and the poverty rate is 24.4%.

Education

Wilkinsburg is home to many growing families and is subsequently served by several public schools. Some of the most notable schools include,

Kelly Elementary School

  • The public school hosts a student population of 206 in grades PK, K-1 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1.

Turner Elementary School

  • The public school hosts a student population of 309 in grades 2-6 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.

If you're looking to visit or reside in a neighborhood with rich history, diverse demographics, and convenient access to public schools, then Wilkinsburg, PA, might be the area for you.

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 11, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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