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Overview

Introduction to Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland county, is 25 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is conveniently located inside the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

Vandergrift History

The town of Vandergrift was established when Apollo Iron and Steel Company began to provide housing for their employees in the 1890s. They 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.

People

Total Population 5,095
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 1,932
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 40.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,861
% Above Poverty Level 79.2%
% Below Poverty Level 20.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $638
Median House Value $70,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 15%

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

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

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 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 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

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 Population Median Family Income
Apollo 1,566 $44,926
East Vandergrift 742 $45,682
Hyde Park 426 $58,438
Leechburg 2,056 $45,208

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

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128C WASHINGTON ST
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
(724) 568-2212

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