Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania

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Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania

Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 7 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town, which benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, has a population of approximately 5,436.

Fox Chapel History

Native Indians inhabited the area before James Powers arrived in 1790. The Fox Chapel Borough was carved out of the O'Hara and Indiana Townships. Following a court order, Fox Chapel was incorporated in 1934 despite resistance from inhabitants of the two townships. Later some inhabitants wanted to expand the borough because they felt that it had superior administration. The town was named after John Fox, a German immigrant who arrived in 1831. His daughter donated land to the Faith United Methodist Church with the desire that a chapel be named after her father.

Fox Chapel and Nearby Attractions

  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Old Economy Historical Site
  • Point State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Things To Do In Fox Chapel

The Andy Warhol Museum houses over 4,000 works by the artist. A utopian village of the nineteenth century can be seen at the Old Economy Historical Site. The place where native Indians fought the Pontiac's War in 1723 can also be accessed from Fox Chapel. Point State Park has been named a historic landmark because of its importance in the wars between the French and the Indians. The park is located at the apex of the Golden Triangle. Camping, fishing, boating, and hiking may be enjoyed at Raccoon Creek State Park.

Fox Chapel Transportation

Pittsburgh International is the nearest airport.

Fox Chapel Higher Education

Carlow College, Point Park University, and University of Pittsburgh are close to Fox Chapel.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Fox Chapel Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Fox Chapel College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Fox Chapel People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Fox Chapel Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Fox Chapel Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 16% Fox Chapel Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania

Comparing Fox Chapel 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 6 3
Racial Diversity 4 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 7 8
Short Commute Times 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 8
Housing Recently Built 5 10
People Living Alone 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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Fox Chapel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15238
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.513
Longitude -79.88

Fox Chapel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.9 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 17.4 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
Station DONORA 1 SW
Distance 24 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
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Fox Chapel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,436 100%
Male 2,698 49.6%
Female 2,738 50.4%
Under 18 1,634 30.1%
18+ 3,802 69.9%
65+ 808 14.9%
Median Age 44.3
Average Family Size 3.18
White 5,071 93.3%
African-American 30 0.6%
Asian 284 5.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0%
Other 7 0.1%
Mixed Race 41 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 37 0.7%

Estimated Fox Chapel Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,238
Growth -198
Growth % -3.6%

Fox Chapel 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
German 18.1%
English 16.3%
Irish 12.1%
Italian 11.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
Russian 5%
US/American 4.9%
Scotch-Irish 3.3%
Polish 3.1%
Scottish 2.7%
Greek 1.8%
Welsh 1%
Eastern European 1%
European 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Croatian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
British 0.7%
Lebanese 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
Estonian 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Syrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fox Chapel 5,436 $191,378
Aspinwall 2,960 $58,750
Blawnox 1,550 $43,500
Etna 3,924 $41,577
Oakmont 6,911 $57,821
Sharpsburg 3,594 $30,500
Verona 3,124 $36,452
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