Introduction to Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania

Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland county, is 14 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city, which is located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, has a population of 12,608.

Lower Burrell History

In 1852, following a petition by the residents of the region, Judge Jeremiah Murry Burrell established the Burrell Township. It was created from portions of Allegheny Township. In 1878, another petition was submitted to the Court of Westmoreland County requesting a further subdivision of Burrell Township. As a result, the communities of Upper Burrell and Lower Burrell were founded on January 18, 1879. On January 12, 1959, Lower Burrell was officially incorporated as a city.

Lower Burrell and Nearby Attractions

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Westmoreland Museum of American Art
  • Keystone State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Things To Do In Lower Burrell

The city of Lower Burrell offers easy access to several historic sites like the Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate, Bushy Run Battlefield, and Rachel Carson Homestead. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History showcases artifacts and memorabilia which relay the region's natural and cultural heritage. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Andy Warhol Museum are also close by. Various recreational activities like swimming, camping, and hiking can be enjoyed at the Keystone State Park. National Aviary, and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are other popular attractions in the area.

Lower Burrell Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is close by.

Lower Burrell Higher Education

Oakbridge Academy of Arts is located in Lower Burrell. Other colleges nearby include the Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, and Penn State New Kensington.


Total Population 11,593
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,401
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $69,405
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $715
Median House Value $129,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 19.9%

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

Lower Burrell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15068
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.553
Longitude -79.757

Lower Burrell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SALINA 3 W
Distance 11.2 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
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Station DONORA 1 SW
Distance 27.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lower Burrell, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barking (15068)

Parnassus (15068)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arnold 5,053 $35,500
Cheswick 1,758 $73,276

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

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Lower Burrell High Schools

Serves 703 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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