Plum, Pennsylvania

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Plum, Pennsylvania

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 12% Plum College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 16% Plum People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Plum Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 19% Plum Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 19% Plum Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Plum, Pennsylvania

Comparing Plum 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
Age of the Population 9 5
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Senior Citizens 6 2
Well-Paid Single Men 5 8
Well-Paid Single Women 5 7
Female Share of the Population 5 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 7
Racial Diversity 1 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 9
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 6 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 7 9
Working at Home 5 7
Short Commute Times 2 1
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 5 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Affordability of Rents 5 1
People Living Alone 3 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

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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

  • 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
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
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Plum Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 26,940 100%
Male 13,151 48.8%
Female 13,789 51.2%
Under 18 6,693 24.8%
18+ 20,247 75.2%
65+ 3,551 13.2%
Median Age 38.4
Average Family Size 3.06
White 25,754 95.6%
African-American 743 2.8%
Asian 231 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 0.1%
Other 45 0.2%
Mixed Race 137 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 167 0.6%

Estimated Plum Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 26,452
Growth -488
Growth % -1.8%

Plum 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
Italian 23.2%
German 20.5%
Irish 13.3%
Polish 7.6%
English 7.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.2%
US/American 3.7%
Slovak 3.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
Scottish 1.5%
Hungarian 1.4%
Russian 1.2%
Croatian 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Slovene 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
European 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Serbian 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Nigerian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Carpatho Rusyn 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plum 26,940 $52,807
Cheswick 1,899 $47,019
Lower Burrell 12,608 $50,036
New Kensington 14,701 $37,952
Oakmont 6,911 $57,821
Springdale 3,828 $43,476
Verona 3,124 $36,452
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