Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

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Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland county, is 25 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town, which is conveniently located inside the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, has an estimated 5,455 residents.

Vandergrift History

The town of Vandergrift was established when Apollo Iron and Steel Company began to provide housing for their employees in the 1890s. This did this because the company needed to hire new workers to replace the existing work force that had participated in a labor dispute. After the dispute, the company wanted to establish control over the lives of their workers. It was felt that providing proper urban housing to their workers would reduce the possibility of major disputes and also increase their productivity. The company asked Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot, a leading landscape designing firm of the period, to design a town which conformed to the ideas of contemporary reformists. The community was named after J.J. Vandergrift who was a stockholder of Apollo Iron and Steel Company.

Vandergrift and Nearby Attractions

  • Frick Art & Historical Center
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate
  • Keystone State Park

Things To Do In Vandergrift

The 5-acre Frick Art & Historical Center houses historical buildings and numerous museums. The house where ecologist Rachel Carson lived as a child is accessible from the Rachel Carson Homestead, which also has a self guided nature trail. The site of the fight between the Indians and the colonial forces in 1763 is located at the Bushy Run Battlefield. Memorabilia related to the Westinghouse family, the history of the company, and appliances are exhibited at the George Westinghouse Museum in The Family Room. The 1,169-acre Keystone State Park offers camping, hiking, and swimming opportunities.

Vandergrift Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is close to Vandergrift.

Vandergrift Higher Education

Penn State New Kensington, Carnegie Mellon University, and Butler County Community College are located near the town.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Vandergrift Low Property Crime
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Vandergrift Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Comparing Vandergrift 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 9 7
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 2 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 5
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Male Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 3
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 2
People in Middle Class or Better 3 2
College Educated Adults 3 5
Median Family Income 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Short Commute Times 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 7
People Living Alone 9 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Housing Recently Built 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 2 2

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Vandergrift Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 25 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15690
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.602
Longitude -79.565

Vandergrift 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 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 22.2 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 INDIANA 3 SE
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
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Vandergrift Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,455 100%
Male 2,537 46.5%
Female 2,918 53.5%
Under 18 1,196 21.9%
18+ 4,259 78.1%
65+ 1,254 23%
Median Age 40.5
Average Family Size 2.87
White 5,151 94.4%
African-American 188 3.4%
Asian 13 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 9 0.2%
Mixed Race 82 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 20 0.4%

Estimated Vandergrift Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,190
Growth -265
Growth % -4.9%

Vandergrift 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 27.5%
German 23.2%
Irish 7.8%
US/American 7.3%
Polish 7.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
Slovak 4.1%
English 3.1%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Dutch 2%
Ukrainian 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Pennsylvania German 1.1%
Scottish 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
African 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Croatian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.3%
Syrian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Park (15690)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Vandergrift 5,455 $35,984
Apollo 1,765 $29,952
East Vandergrift 742 $30,000
Hyde Park 513 $39,519
Leechburg 2,386 $38,785
North Apollo 1,426 $35,789
West Leechburg 1,290 $44,000

Vandergrift Public Libraries

Vandergrift Pub Library Assoc
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
(724) 568-2212

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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