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Municipality of Penn Hills
Township with home rule
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Longue Vue Club and Golf Course, founded in 1920
Official seal of Municipality of Penn Hills
Motto: “A Home Rule Community”
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Incorporated 1958
 • Total 19.3 sq mi (50.0 km2)
 • Land 19.0 sq mi (49.3 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Population (2015)
 • Total 41,924
 • Density 1,755/sq mi (678/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15147, 15235
Area code(s) 412, 878
FIPS code 42-59040

Penn Hills is a home rule municipality, formerly a township, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 42,329. Penn Hills is the second-largest municipality in Allegheny County, after the city of Pittsburgh.


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 August 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 home rule 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.

The local high school is Penn Hills High School (PHHS) and the school mascot is an Indian


Penn Hills is located at 40°28′34″N 79°50′0″W / 40.47611°N 79.833333°W / 40.47611; -79.833333 (40.476218, -79.833302).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 19.3 square miles (50 km2), of which 19.0 square miles (49 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 1.40%, is water.

Penn Hills uses the ZIP codes of 15235 and 15147; and the community is within area code 412 and area code 878.

Communities within Penn Hills

Neighborhoods within Penn Hills include Blackridge, Churchill Valley, Crescent Hills, Eastmont, Eastvue, Laketon Heights, Lincoln Park, Milltown, Nadine, Newfield, North Bessemer, Penn Ridge, Point Breeze, Rosedale, Sandy Creek, Shannon Heights, Universal, Valemont Heights, and Verona Hilltop.


  • Plum Creek flows through the township.
  • Sandy Creek

Surrounding communities

Penn Hills is bordered by several communities:

The Allegheny River borders Penn Hills to the northwest, and across it are O'Hara Township and the borough of Blawnox.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,821
1870 2,685 47.4%
1880 3,291 22.6%
1890 2,932 −10.9%
1900 3,407 16.2%
1910 6,207 82.2%
1920 8,342 34.4%
1930 13,337 59.9%
1940 15,578 16.8%
1950 25,280 62.3%
1960 51,512 103.8%
1970 62,886 22.1%
1980 57,632 −8.4%
1990 51,479 −10.7%
2000 46,809 −9.1%
2010 42,329 −9.6%
Est. 2015 41,924 −1.0%

As of the census of 2010, there were 42,329 people residing in the township. The population density was 2,268.2 people per square mile (949.7/km²). There were 20,355 housing units at an average density of 1,069.8 per square mile (413.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 60.03% (25,398) White, 37.03% (15,668) African American, 0.98% (409) Asian, 0.01% (4) Pacific Islander, 0.55% from (232) other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% (598) of the population. There is a sizable Italian American population in the township.

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, linking it and other eastern suburbs to 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 and travelers using I-376 use the Penn Hills exit to refuel or 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.

Major roads

  • I-376 / US 22 Penn Lincoln Parkway (Penn Hills is exit 81)
  • PA 791 Rodi Road
  • PA 380 Frankstown, Saltsburg Roads
  • PA 130 Coal Hollow, Sandy Creek, Beulah Roads
  • Yellow Belt The Yellow Belt runs through Penn Hills via Hulton, Frankstown, and Rodi Roads
  • Green Belt The Green Belt is signed as Robinson Blvd, Verona Road, and Sandy Creek Road within Penn Hills
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