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Overview

Introduction to Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 9 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is included in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

Turtle Creek History

The Iroquois tribe of Native Americans had a small community near the present-day site of Turtle Creek. White settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. George Westinghouse, an American entrepreneur and engineer, constructed a manufacturing plant in the 1880s which led to the growth and development of the community "Turtle Creek" which was named after a small stream that ran into the Monongahela River.

Turtle Creek and Nearby Attractions

  • George Westinghouse Museum
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Point State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Caddie Shak Family Fun Park

Things To Do In Turtle Creek

George Westinghouse Museum, located near Turtle Creek, houses various Westinghouse family artifacts, as well as company inventions and appliances. West Overton Village includes the Distillery Museum, the birthplace of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, and Overholt Homestead. Westmoreland Museum of American Art features collections of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. The town also offers easy access to places of historic interest like the Bushy Run Battlefield, Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate, and Rachel Carson Homestead. Point State Park, a 36-acre area at the tip of the Golden Triangle, is a historic landmark which played an important role in the French and Indian War. Other popular attractions in the region are Caddie Shak Family Fun Park, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and the National Aviary.

Turtle Creek Transportation

The closest major airport is Pittsburgh International Airport.

Turtle Creek Higher Education

Carlow College, Duquesne University, Penn State McKeesport, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham College are some of the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 5,324
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,396
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 33.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,795
% Above Poverty Level 78%
% Below Poverty Level 22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 7.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 48%
Median Gross Rent $444
Median House Value $63,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 17.3%

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

Turtle Creek Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15145
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.405
Longitude -79.825

Turtle Creek Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MCKEESPORT
Distance 5.5 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 SALINA 3 W
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 37 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches
Station DONORA 1 SW
Distance 16.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Braddock Hills 1,733 $70,500
East McKeesport 2,140 $51,500
East Pittsburgh 1,827 $25,972
Forest Hills 6,491 $92,411

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

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