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California, Pennsylvania

Introduction to California, Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania, in Washington county, is 26 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. California has a population of approximately 5,274.

California History

Samuel Young was one of the first settlers of the region. He sold it to Robert Jackman in 1784, and several years later, when a 6 person company bought land around the region, California was established. It was named after the State of California where gold was discovered the same year. Over the years, the region developed around a boat building industry which became its leading industry. Consequently, a shipping yard was established by the founders of the region. California was incorporated as a borough in 1853.

California and Nearby Attractions

  • Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • West Overton Village
  • Laurel Hill State Park

Things To Do In California

A variety of outdoor activities can be pursued at the "Caddie Shak Family Fun Park" which is situated on 50 acres. The "Laurel Hill State Park" is 3,935 acres of mountain terrain surrounded by forests and diverse wildlife. "Fort Necessity National Battlefield" is a historical site related to the French and Indian War. Other attractions around the area include "West Overton Village" and "Bushy Run Battlefield".

California Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest major airport.

California Higher Education

The Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Point Park University and Robert Morris College offer higher education.

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High Points

California strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy California Affordability of Rents
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 16% California College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of California, Pennsylvania

Comparing California to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Senior Citizens 6 3
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Racial Diversity 4 8
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Age of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 4 6
People in Middle Class or Better 3 2
People Above Poverty 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 6 7
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
People Living Alone 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Housing Recently Built 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 5
Low Violent Crime 3 3

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California Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 26 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Washington
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15419
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.065
Longitude -79.891

California Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station DONORA 1 SW
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches
Distance 27.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 77 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
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California Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,274 100%
Male 2,538 48.1%
Female 2,736 51.9%
Under 18 566 10.7%
18+ 4,708 89.3%
65+ 755 14.3%
Median Age 23.7
Average Family Size 2.85
White 4,954 93.9%
African-American 218 4.1%
Asian 39 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.2%
Other 7 0.1%
Mixed Race 47 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 26 0.5%

Estimated California Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,072
Growth -202
Growth % -3.8%

California Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 20.6%
German 15.5%
Irish 10.9%
English 10.5%
Polish 6.3%
Slovak 5.4%
US/American 5.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.6%
Scotch-Irish 3.5%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Russian 1.9%
Hungarian 1.8%
Scottish 1.8%
Dutch 1.5%
Welsh 0.9%
Austrian 0.8%
Finnish 0.7%
Croatian 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Serbian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
European 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
California 5,274 $43,168
Brownsville 2,804 $32,662
Coal Center 134 $28,125
Daisytown 356 $38,229
Elco 362 $33,214
Newell 551 $41,477
Roscoe 848 $41,250

California Public Libraries

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5. Warrensburg, Missouri 77.6   30.1% 9.7% 37.2% 19 $45,845 5.2% 13.1% 16,340 24.3% 32.1 0.1% 2.4
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