Introduction to New Kensington, Pennsylvania

New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland county, is 15 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city, which is considered part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, has a population of 14,701.

New Kensington History

New Kensington city, which was founded in 1891, was orignially named Kensington. It was renamed as New Kensington for postal reasons, because a city named Kensington already existed in Pennsylvania. People flooded the area and investors brought many industries after the land was surveyed and a public sale was held in 1891. The first large company to arrive was the Pittsburgh Reduction Company.

New Kensington and Nearby Attractions

  • Point State Park
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Moraine State Park
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Caddie Shak Family Fun Park

Things To Do In New Kensington

Point State Park and Moraine State Park offer opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating. Museums near the city include Frick Art & Historical Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Idlewild Park is a theme park near New Kensington. Popular attractions to visit include the National Aviary, Johnstown Inclined Plane, and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Historic sites such as Rachel Carson Homestead and Bushy Run Battlefield are also not far from the city.

New Kensington Transportation

Flights are available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

New Kensington Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University-New Kensington is located in the city. Some of the other colleges near the city are Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Robert Morris College.


Total Population 12,874
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,425
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22%
Median Earnings25+ $32,050
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,324
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,960


Median Family Income $56,456
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 37.8%
Median Gross Rent $562
Median House Value $89,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 14.9%

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

New Kensington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15068
Company Zip Codes 15069
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.569
Longitude -79.765

New Kensington 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 11.9 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
Distance 17.2 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 28.4 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, New Kensington, 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
Brackenridge 3,244 $57,551
Cheswick 1,758 $73,276
Lower Burrell 11,593 $69,405

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

New Kensington Public Libraries

Peoples Library
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
(724) 339-1021
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New Kensington High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 775 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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