Introduction to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 10 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is in the Pittsburgh area.

Coraopolis History

The area now known as Coraopolis was initially called "Middletown." Capt. Robert Vance, a native of Virginia and the first settler, constructed a stone blockhouse and a log stockade building in 1795. The Watson family built Coraopolis' first saw mill. The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad entered the region in 1877, and development took place along this railroad. The community was officially incorporated in 1886, and named "Coraopolis" in honor of Cora Watson, a daughter of the Watson family. The community's name is also the Greek word for "city." Following the discovery of oil in Coraopolis in 1890, the area experienced a population explosion.

Coraopolis and Nearby Attractions

  • Old Economy Historical Site
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Fort Pitt Museum
  • National Aviary
  • Raccoon Creek State Park
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Things To Do In Coraopolis

Exhibits housed in the Fort Pitt Museum depict the history of the region during the French and Indian War. Old Economy Historical Site marks the area where a utopian community was established by the Harmony Society in 1824. Coraopolis also offers easy access to other museums and historic sites like the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, George Westinghouse Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, and Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate. Raccoon Creek State Park, which is situated on more than 7,300 acres, features a lake and offers opportunities for boating, hiking, fishing, camping, and picnicking. National Aviary, which is home to more than 600 endangered and exotic birds, is another popular attraction near Coraopolis.

Coraopolis Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Coraopolis Higher Education

Colleges near Coraopolis are Community College of Allegheny County, Robert Morris College, Point Park University, and La Roche College.


Total Population 5,642
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,640
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 36.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,660
% Above Poverty Level 83%
% Below Poverty Level 17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 42.7%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $83,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 14.9%

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

Coraopolis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15108
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.518
Longitude -80.166

Coraopolis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 35 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 13.3 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
Distance 16.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Carpolis (15108)

Coropolis (15108)

Moon Township (15108)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ben Avon 1,692 $105,556
Ben Avon Heights 362 $162,500
Edgeworth 1,657 $183,750
Emsworth 2,429 $75,662
Leetsdale 1,281 $59,219

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

Coraopolis Public Libraries

Coraopolis Memorial Library
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
(412) 264-3502
Moon Township Public Library
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
(412) 269-0334

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Coraopolis High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 147 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

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