Tarentum, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°36′11″N 79°45′20″W / 40.60306°N 79.75556°W / 40.60306; -79.75556
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Tarentum, Pennsylvania
Borough of Tarentum
Tarentum as seen from the George D. Stuart Bridge, part of Pennsylvania Route 366
Tarentum as seen from the George D. Stuart Bridge, part of Pennsylvania Route 366
The Crossroads of the Allegheny Valley
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°36′11″N 79°45′20″W / 40.60306°N 79.75556°W / 40.60306; -79.75556
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 7, 1842
 • MayorRobert Lang (R)
 • Total1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)
 • Land1.23 sq mi (3.19 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
840 ft (260 m)
 • Total4,352
 • Density3,538.21/sq mi (1,366.09/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)724, 878
FIPS code42-76104
School districtHighlands

Tarentum is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Downtown Pittsburgh, along the Allegheny River. Tarentum was an industrial center where plate glass and bottles were manufactured; bricks, lumber, steel and iron novelties, steel billets and sheets, sack and wrapping paper were also produced.

The Pennsylvania Railroad operated a station in Tarentum; its rail line ran through the town.[3] The population was 4,352 at the 2020 census.[4] Two statues of Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth, are displayed by the borough in Tarentum.


Tarentum is located at 40°36′11″N 79°45′20″W / 40.60306°N 79.75556°W / 40.60306; -79.75556 (40.603042, −79.755447).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 12.06%, is water.


Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Tarentum is bordered by East Deer Township to the west, Frazer Township to the northwest, Fawn Township to the north, Harrison Township to the northeast, and Brackenridge to the east. To the southeast, across the Allegheny River in Westmoreland County, are New Kensington (via Tarentum Bridge) and Lower Burrell.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2000 census,[9] there were 4,993 people, 2,170 households, and 1,306 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,011.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,548.7/km2). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 2,053.3 per square mile (792.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.79% White, 3.65% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 2,170 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

The towboat Annette G pushing a dredger crane barge just upstream from the George D. Stuart Bridge (commonly called the Tarentum Bridge)

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,895, and the median income for a family was $32,042. Males had a median income of $28,578 versus $21,891 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,671. About 12.1% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

In 1900, 5,472 people lived here; in 1910, 7,414 people lived here; and in 1940, 9,846 people lived in Tarentum. The population was 4,993 at the 2000 census.

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

2015 View of Tarentum, PA
  • The Community Library of Allegheny Valley, Tarentum Branch, serves the borough and regional municipalities.[10]
  • Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum is at 224 East Seventh Avenue.http://www.akvhs.org/
  • Pittsburgh Mills in nearby Frazer Township uses a Tarentum postal code; it is the 22nd-largest shopping mall in the United States.


Tarentum is within the Highlands School District, which operates Highlands Elementary School (grades 1–4) in the borough; also Highlands Early Childhood Center (Pre-k and K), Highlands Middle School (grades 5–8), and Highlands High School (grades 9–12) in nearby communities. The Golden Rams are the Highlands School District's mascot.

Government and politics[edit]

Presidential election results[11][12][13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 53% 986 44% 808 1% 35
2016 52% 780 47% 710 1% 21
2012 45% 647 54% 780 1% 24

Usage in popular culture[edit]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. ^ Sipes, William B. (1875). The Pennsylvania Railroad: Its Origin, Construction, Condition, and Connections; Embracing Historical, Descriptive, and Statistical Notices of Cities, Towns, Villages, Stations, Industries, and Objects of Interest on Its Various Lines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Pennsylvania Railroad Company. p. 218. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Explore Census Data".
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bull Creek". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  7. ^ "Little Bull Creek". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "Community Library of Allegheny Valley". Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  11. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  12. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvania general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Election Night Reporting".
  14. ^ Sipe, C. Hale (Chester Hale) (December 28, 1929). "The Indian wars of Pennsylvania : an account of the Indian events, in Pennsylvania, of the French and Indian war, Pontiac's war, Lord Dunmore's war, the revolutionary war, and the Indian uprising from 1789 to 1795; tragedies of the Pennsylvania frontier based primarily on the Penna. archives and colonial records / by C. Hale Sipe ; introduction by Dr. George P. Donehoo". Harrisburg Telegraph Press – via Internet Archive.
  15. ^ "Martin Chartier, Peter Chartier, Shawnee Indians". Altoona Tribune. September 11, 1923. p. 7 – via newspapers.com.

External links[edit]

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