Introduction to McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 4 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Part of the surrounding Pittsburgh metro area, the town is not isolated.

McKees Rocks History

According to research and skeletal findings, this area was inhabited long before the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The community was named "McKees Rocks" in honor of Alexander McKee, an 18th century landowner. In 1764, 1,300 acres were given to McKee. The second part of the town's name was due to the presence of a rocky projection into the river near this place. McKees Rocks was once known as a center for iron and steel manufacturing.

McKees Rocks and Nearby Attractions

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

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McKees Rocks Indian Mound, located in the "Bottoms" neighborhood, is a historic landmark indicating the site where the oldest human skeletons in eastern North America were discovered. Artifacts of historical importance can also be viewed at the nearby Frick Art & Historical Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Old Economy Village is a historic site where a Harmony Society community was founded in 1824. Raccoon Creek State Park, occupying an area of more than 7,300 acres, features a lake and also offers facilities for boating, hiking, fishing, camping, and picnicking. Among other notable attractions in the area are the National Aviary, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Point State Park.

McKees Rocks Transportation

Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

McKees Rocks Higher Education

Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Community College of Allegheny County, and University of Pittsburgh are some of the colleges near McKees Rocks.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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

Mckees Rocks Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 4 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15136
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.465
Longitude -80.065

Mckees Rocks Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.1 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 13.5 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 20.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avalon 4,681 $56,716
Bellevue 8,329 $56,230
Ben Avon 1,692 $105,556
Ben Avon Heights 362 $162,500
Crafton 5,920 $67,089
Ingram 3,308 $61,023

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

Mckees Rocks Public Libraries

F.o.r. Sto-rox Library
Mckees Rocks, Pennsylvania
(412) 771-1222

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Mckees Rocks Hospitals

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(412) 777-6161
Emergency Service: No

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