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Overview

Introduction to Plum, Pennsylvania

Plum, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 13 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's situated in Western Pennsylvania and is regarded as a borough. Football is a significant part of the culture of Plum. The Mustangs are part of the AAAA Big East section of the WPIAL. The city was named for the vast number of plum trees that filled the community. A large number of residents commute to Pittsburgh for work. The Communities Days Festival and Sugar Plum Days are poplar events.

Plum History

The French arrived in 1749. They claimed all of western Pennsylvania for Louis XV of France. The French explorers traveled along the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. During the late 1700s farming was a major factor for the growth of the region. Fort Duquesne was a significant location during the French and Indian War. The early settlements were established near natural resources such as coal. The last coal mine was shut down in 1987. The area became a residential community.

Plum Activities

Boyce Park is a vast acreage and includes ski slopes. Residents have easy access to Pittsburgh which has professional sports teams and a wide assortment of activities and entertainment, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, ballet and opera. Oakmont Country Club is close by. The region's Lake Arthur is a popular destination for a variety of outdoor activities.

Allegheny Islands State Park includes three alluvial islands situated in the Allegheny River which can be accessed by boat. Hillman State Park is nearby. Point State Park is located in downtown Pittsburgh and is used for a variety of recreational activities.

Plum Higher Education

The University of Pittsburgh, Chatam University, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne University are located in the Pittsburgh region.

People

Total Population 27,458
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 13,843
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.6%
Median Earnings25+ $41,613
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,833
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,820

Wealth

Median Family Income $79,342
% Above Poverty Level 95.6%
% Below Poverty Level 4.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.7%
Median Gross Rent $909
Median House Value $141,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 21.4%

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

Plum Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15239
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.5
Longitude -79.749

Plum 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 SALINA 3 W
Distance 10.6 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 BAKERSTOWN 3 WNW
Distance 16.1 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 DONORA 1 SW
Distance 23.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
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/.

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