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Overview

Introduction to California, Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania, in Washington county, is 26 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

California History

Samuel Young was one of the first settlers of the region. He sold it to Robert Jackman in 1784, and several years later, when a 6 person company bought land around the region, California was established. It was named after the State of California where gold was discovered the same year. Over the years, the region developed around a boat building industry which became its leading industry. Consequently, a shipping yard was established by the founders of the region. California was incorporated as a borough in 1853.

California and Nearby Attractions

  • Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • West Overton Village
  • Laurel Hill State Park

Things To Do In California

A variety of outdoor activities can be pursued at the "Caddie Shak Family Fun Park" which is situated on 50 acres. The "Laurel Hill State Park" is 3,935 acres of mountain terrain surrounded by forests and diverse wildlife. "Fort Necessity National Battlefield" is a historical site related to the French and Indian War. Other attractions around the area include "West Overton Village" and "Bushy Run Battlefield."

California Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest major airport.

California Higher Education

The Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Point Park University and Robert Morris College offer higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,564
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+2,623
Age of the Population25

Families

% of people married32.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.8%
Median Earnings25+$38,250
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,025

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,402
% Above Poverty Level75.8%
% Below Poverty Level24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work22.4%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone40.7%
Median Gross Rent$481
Median House Value$112,800

Ancestry

German21.5%
Irish13.3%
Italian12.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.1%
Polish8.5%
English5.9%
Slovak4.5%
Welsh3.3%
Russian2.9%
Hungarian2.9%
Scottish2%
African1.6%
Greek1.3%
Dutch1.3%
Czech1.2%
French Except Basque1%
Turkish0.7%
Austrian0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Croatian0.6%
Belgian0.5%
Slovene0.5%
Arab0.4%
Finnish0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Swedish0.2%
Somali0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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California Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes15419
Phone Area Codes724
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.05
Approximate Longitude-79.89

California Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationDONORA 1 SW
Distance7.1 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 66 F
Annual Precip37.6 inches
StationWASHINGTON 3 NE
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip38.1 inches
StationCOOPERS ROCK ST FOREST
Distance27.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp58 to 77 F
Oct Temp39 to 59 F
Annual Precip52.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brownsville2,262$41,141
Coal Center92$45,500
Daisytown380$61,563
Elco312$52,188

California Public Libraries

California Area Public Library
100 WOOD STREET
California, Pennsylvania
(724) 938-2907

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