Introduction to Butler, Pennsylvania

Butler, Pennsylvania, in Butler county, is 29 miles N of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and has a population of 15,121.

Butler History

The city was named in honor of Major General Richard Butler, who was killed during the Battle of Wabash in 1791. The first settlers were of Scottish or Irish descent, and in 1802, German immigrants arrived. Following George Rapp's arrival in 1805 and the establishment of Harmony, large groups of settlers moved to the city. Butler was incorporated as a borough in 1816 and became a city in 1918.

Butler and Nearby Attractions

  • Butler County Heritage Center
  • Moraine State Park
  • National Aviary
  • McConnells Mill State Park
  • Lowrie/Shaw House
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Things To Do In Butler

In Butler, there are many interesting places to visit. The Marindon Museum focuses on Japanese and Chinese art and culture. Sen. Walter Lowrie House, which is in the city, is the headquarters of the Butler County Historical Society and also serves as a museum. Recreational opportunities are available at parks including Raccoon Creek State Park, McConnells Mill State Park, and Hillman State Park. Fall Festival and Big Butler Fair are several major events in which people participate.

Butler Transportation

Flights are available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Butler Higher Education

Butler County Community College is located in the city. Other colleges nearby include Geneva College, Grove City College, and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.


Total Population 13,517
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,483
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 33.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $40,731
% Above Poverty Level 70%
% Below Poverty Level 30%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $645
Median House Value $91,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.6%
Irish 22.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Butler Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 29 miles N of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Butler
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 16001, 16002
P.O. Box Zip Codes 16003
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.861
Longitude -79.895

Butler Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BUTLER 2 SW
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39 inches
Station SALINA 3 W
Distance 29.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 37 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chicora 942 $62,292
Connoquenessing 527 $73,333
East Butler 699 $50,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Butler Public Libraries

Butler Area Public Library
Butler, Pennsylvania
(724) 287-1715

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Butler Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(412) 284-4400
Emergency Service: Yes

Butler VA Medical Center
325 New Castle Road
(724) 287-4781 or (800) 362-8262
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Butler High Schools

Serves 1,317 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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