Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

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Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 9 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is included in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 6,076 people lived in Turtle Creek.

Turtle Creek History

The Iroquois tribe of Native Americans had a small community near the present-day site of Turtle Creek. White settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. George Westinghouse, an American entrepreneur and engineer, constructed a manufacturing plant in the 1880s which led to the growth and development of the community "Turtle Creek" which was named after a small stream that ran into the Monongahela River.

Turtle Creek and Nearby Attractions

  • George Westinghouse Museum
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Point State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Caddie Shak Family Fun Park

Things To Do In Turtle Creek

George Westinghouse Museum, located near Turtle Creek, houses various Westinghouse family artifacts, as well as company inventions and appliances. West Overton Village includes the Distillery Museum, the birthplace of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, and Overholt Homestead. Westmoreland Museum of American Art features collections of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. The town also offers easy access to places of historic interest like the Bushy Run Battlefield, Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate, and Rachel Carson Homestead. Point State Park, a 36-acre area at the tip of the Golden Triangle, is a historic landmark which played an important role in the French and Indian War. Other popular attractions in the region are Caddie Shak Family Fun Park, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and the National Aviary.

Turtle Creek Transportation

The closest major airport is Pittsburgh International Airport.

Turtle Creek Higher Education

Carlow College, Duquesne University, Penn State McKeesport, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham College are some of the nearby colleges.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Turtle Creek Affordability of Rents
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Turtle Creek Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Comparing Turtle Creek 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 8
Well-Paid Single Men 4 6
Racial Diversity 4 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 2
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 4
Median Family Income 4 6
People in Middle Class or Better 4 5
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Housing Recently Built 1 5

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Turtle Creek Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15145
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.405
Longitude -79.825

Turtle Creek Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station SALINA 3 W
Distance 16.4 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 16.7 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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Turtle Creek Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,076 100%
Male 2,726 44.9%
Female 3,350 55.1%
Under 18 1,219 20.1%
18+ 4,857 79.9%
65+ 1,330 21.9%
Median Age 40.4
Average Family Size 2.91
White 5,633 92.7%
African-American 314 5.2%
Asian 37 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 9 0.1%
Mixed Race 78 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 37 0.6%

Estimated Turtle Creek Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,704
Growth -372
Growth % -6.1%

Turtle Creek 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
Irish 22.1%
German 19%
Italian 14.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
US/American 5.2%
Polish 4.7%
Scotch-Irish 4.6%
Slovak 4%
Scottish 3.9%
English 3.7%
Hungarian 2.2%
Greek 1.1%
Welsh 0.9%
Croatian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
European 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
African 0.2%
Barbadian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Turtle Creek 6,076 $43,975
Braddock Hills 1,998 $40,517
East McKeesport 2,343 $38,000
East Pittsburgh 2,017 $32,037
Forest Hills 6,831 $56,199
Wall 727 $32,500
Wilmerding 2,145 $31,667
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