West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Introduction to West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 8 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is included in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 22,464 people lived in West Mifflin.

West Mifflin History

West Mifflin is located in Allegheny County, which was the first county in Pennsylvania that had a Native American name. Allegheny County was named after the Allegheny River and the word 'Allegheny' was said to mean 'fine water'. Some believe that it refers to a mythical tribe called 'Allegewi'. The first Europeans to settle here were the French who arrived in 1749. The County of Allegheny was officially established on September 24, 1788.

West Mifflin and Nearby Attractions

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Point State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Hidden Valley

Things To Do In West Mifflin

The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Old Economy Village are several museums in the area. Historic sites often visited include Bushy Run Battlefield, Old Economy Historical Site, and Rachel Carson Homestead. Hiking, camping, biking, and picnicking may be enjoyed at Point State Park, Beaver Creek State Park, and Linn Run State Park. Trips may also be planned to the National Aviary and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

West Mifflin Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is located nearby.

West Mifflin Higher Education

Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham College are located neat West Mifflin.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy West Mifflin Low Property Crime
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% West Mifflin Affordability of Rents
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% West Mifflin Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Comparing West Mifflin 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 8
Age of the Population 10 9
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Women 5 6
Well-Paid Single Men 5 6
Racial Diversity 4 9
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 6
Average Household Size 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
People Above Poverty 5 5
Median Family Income 5 7
College Educated Adults 3 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 3 2
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
People Living Alone 7 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3
Housing Recently Built 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 8 8

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West Mifflin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15122, 15123, 15236
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.363
Longitude -79.877

West Mifflin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.2 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 DONORA 1 SW
Distance 13.6 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
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 40.1 inches
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West Mifflin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,464 100%
Male 10,601 47.2%
Female 11,863 52.8%
Under 18 4,833 21.5%
18+ 17,631 78.5%
65+ 4,851 21.6%
Median Age 42.2
Average Family Size 2.89
White 20,137 89.6%
African-American 1,987 8.8%
Asian 56 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 26 0.1%
Other 57 0.3%
Mixed Race 188 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 127 0.6%

Estimated West Mifflin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,236
Growth -1,228
Growth % -5.5%

West Mifflin 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
German 17.6%
Slovak 13.3%
Italian 10.9%
Irish 10.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.1%
Polish 8.7%
English 5.3%
Hungarian 5.3%
US/American 4.1%
Croatian 2%
Scottish 1.3%
Serbian 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Russian 1%
Czech 0.9%
Welsh 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
African 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Slavic 0.4%
Slovene 0.3%
Norwegian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Mifflin Century Mall (15123)

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)
West Mifflin 22,464 $46,192
Dravosburg 2,015 $39,663
Duquesne 7,332 $25,898
McKeesport 24,040 $31,577
Munhall 12,264 $41,847
Port Vue 4,228 $37,318
Whitaker 1,338 $39,250

Wal-mart in West Mifflin

(As of 2006)
2351 Century Drive
(412) 655-3404
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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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1. Baldwin, Pennsylvania 88   26.6% 21% 17.6% 30 $48,503 4.8% 3.8% 19,999 5.3% 12.3 0.1% 1.5
2. Munhall, Pennsylvania 88   35.6% 22.3% 13.5% 28 $41,847 5.3% 5.2% 12,264 11.9% 15.3 0.1% 0.7
3. Parma, Ohio 86.8   29.2% 19.6% 17.8% 25 $52,436 5.8% 4.3% 85,655 4.9% 20.3 0.2% 1.6
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