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Overview

Introduction to Donora, Pennsylvania

Donora, Pennsylvania, in Washington county, is 19 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The town is in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

Donora History

The history of the area dates back to the early 1800s when Charles DeHaas established a settlement by the name of "Pittsborough." This name later changed to "Columbia," and then to "West Columbia." Even though some houses and a post office were built in the 1810s, development of the community gradually waned. For the next few decades, until the arrival of the Union Improvement Company in the late 1890s, lots were sold for very small sums. The Union Improvement Company laid out the town of "Donora" which was officially incorporated in 1901. The community name was derived from a combination of two names - businessman William Donner's, and banker Andrew Mellon's wife, Nora Mellon's. The Union Steel Company set up shop in the region in 1900, and has since grown into one of the largest plants in the United States. This company was largely responsible for bringing about industrial growth in the region. The town also witnessed the infamous Donora Smog of 1948 which resulted in the death of a large number of people.

Donora and Nearby Attractions

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • West Overton Village
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Point State Park
  • National Aviary

Things To Do In Donora

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History showcases artifacts and memorabilia of historical significance, while the Westmoreland Museum of American Art features collections of landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. Bushy Run Battlefield marks the site where the Anglo-Americans won a victory in 1763, during the Pontiac's War. Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate, Andy Warhol Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, and Frick Art & Historical Center are some of the other museums and historic sites near Donora. Opportunities for boating, camping, swimming, hiking, and picnicking are available at the Ohiopyle State Park, and Keystone State Park. National Aviary, which is home to several hundreds of endangered and exotic birds, is another popular attraction in the area. Among other places to visit are the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Caddie Shak Family Fun Park, and Point State Park.

Donora Transportation

Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Donora Higher Education

California University of Pennsylvania, Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, and Community College of Allegheny County are some of the colleges near Donora.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,679
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens20%
Employed Population 16+1,811
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married37.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.3%
Median Earnings25+$31,125
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,831

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,619
% Above Poverty Level78.7%
% Below Poverty Level21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation4.7%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$523
Median House Value$57,000

Ancestry

Irish19.3%
Italian18.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.4%
German12.4%
Polish10.6%
English9.5%
Russian4.3%
Slovak4%
Hungarian3.2%
Arab3.1%
Scottish3%
Ukrainian1.5%
Lebanese1.4%
Croatian1.1%
Syrian1.1%
Welsh0.8%
Czech0.6%
Swedish0.6%
French Except Basque0.5%
African0.4%
Greek0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Norwegian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Finnish0.1%
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Donora Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes15033
Phone Area Codes724
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.17
Approximate Longitude-79.86

Donora 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
Distance0.7 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
Distance17.2 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
StationCHALK HILL 2 ENE
Distance26.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 78 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip54 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belle Vernon1,219$50,000
Charleroi4,037$38,814
Monessen7,530$50,164
Monongahela4,208$51,389
North Belle Vernon1,914$60,000
North Charleroi1,391$52,250

Donora Public Libraries

Donora Public Library
510 MELDON AVE
Donora, Pennsylvania
(724) 379-7940

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