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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 6,703
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,081
Age of the Population 24

Families

% of people married 31%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $35,204
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,009
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,592

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,179
% Above Poverty Level 72.9%
% Below Poverty Level 27.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 19.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $481
Median House Value $95,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 15.2%

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station WASHINGTON 3 NE
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
Station COOPERS ROCK ST FOREST
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brownsville 2,378 $34,491
Coal Center 75 $47,250
Daisytown 371 $61,786
Elco 321 $50,313

California Public Libraries

Library
California Public Library
100 WOOD STREET
California, Pennsylvania
(724) 938-2907
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