Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Jefferson Hills
Jefferson Hills War Memorial
Jefferson Hills War Memorial
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
President of Council Christopher W. King
 • Mayor Janice Cmar
 • Total 16.6 sq mi (43 km2)
 • Land 16.6 sq mi (43 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,619
 • Density 640/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 412
School District West Jefferson Hills
Website Jefferson Hills Website

Jefferson Hills is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. It includes the community of Large. In the 2010 census the population was 10,619.[1] Jefferson Hills was created as Jefferson Township, incorporating on January 22, 1828, and named after Thomas Jefferson. The borough is a part of West Jefferson Hills School District. Before 1998, the borough was known as Jefferson.[2]


Jefferson Hills Municipal Center


Jefferson Hills is a borough, run by an elected seven-member council and mayor. The administrative staff run by the borough manager runs the borough to the objectives set by the council.

Local officials

Council President · Christopher W. King Council Vice President · James A. Weber Council Members · Melissa Barclay · Vickie Ielase · Tracey P. Khalil · Mary K. Reynolds · David Montgomery Mayor . Janice R. Cmar

State and federal officials

Jefferson Hills is represented by Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, Jr. in the United States Senate and Tim Murphy of the 18th District of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives.[3][4][5] The borough's representative in the Pennsylvania State Senate is John Pippy of the 37th District and Dr. Rick Saccone of the 39th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[6][7] The District Court judge for Jefferson Hills is Pat Capolupo.[8]


Jefferson Hills police department is in the Municipal Center. It has 17 officers and several community service staff. The police take part in programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the West Jefferson Hills School District. The force belongs to TUPPER, in which police from nine nearby communities collaborate, sharing regional criminal information. It also takes part in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Regional Narcotic Task Force and the South Hills DUI task force.

The borough has emergency management and volunteer firefighters. The fire department locations are: Floreffe Volunteer Fire Company, Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company, and Jefferson 885 Fire Company.[9]


Crime in Jefferson Hills is below state and national averages. The rates for 2005, based per 100,000 people:

2005 Crime Rate Statistics
Location Violent Crime Property Crime
Jefferson Hills[10] 83 784
Pennsylvania[11] 425 2,417
United States[12] 469 3,420


Jefferson Hills is at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (40.285502, −79.933160).[13]

The United States Census Bureaun says the borough is 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.24%, is water.

The borough includes rolling hills and woods. The southeastern border is the Monongahela River.[14] Three streams flow through the borough: Peters Creek, Beam Run, and Lewis Run.[15]

The borough consists primarily of single family homes of newer construction.

Surrounding municipalities

Jefferson Hills is in the suburbs of Pittsburgh within the South Hills region. To the north, Jefferson Hills is bordered by Pleasant Hills and West Mifflin. The eastern border is Clairton, West Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Township, and Forward Township. South of the Jefferson Hills is Washington County and Union Township. Immediately to the west is South Park Township.


Climate data for Allegheny County Airport, ~5 mi (8.0 km) to the north-northeast
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 35.8
Average low °F (°C) 21.8
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.73
Source: NOAA[16]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 4,138
1940 5,585 35.0%
1950 5,534 −0.9%
1960 8,280 49.6%
1970 8,512 2.8%
1980 8,643 1.5%
1990 9,533 10.3%
2000 9,666 1.4%
2010 10,619 9.9%
Est. 2014 11,232 [17] 5.8%

As of the census[23] of 2000, there were 9,666 people, 3,781 households, and 2,688 families residing in the borough. The population density was 583.5 people per square mile (225.2/km²). There were 3,954 housing units at an average density of 238.7 per square mile (92.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.76% White, 1.31% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 3,781 households, out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The borough is overwhelmingly Middle Class. The median income for a household in the borough was $50,615, and the median income for a family was $60,767. Males had a median income of $43,972 versus $36,052 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,006. About 2.7% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.



The area was the geographic base of the Peters Creek Rangers during the Revolutionary War.[26]


Thomas Jefferson High School

West Jefferson Hills School District

Jefferson Hills is a member of the West Jefferson Hills School District. The West Jefferson Hills School District provides quality education for approximately 3,000 students and consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.[27] The district is organized in a K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 plan, offering full academic and athletic programs.[27]

Educational support programs with teams of trained personnel are available in each of the five district buildings to assist students who are experiencing learning or emotional difficulties. Partnerships with local school districts, post-secondary educational institutions, organizations, corporations, and neighboring businesses further enhance the educational opportunities offered to district students.[27]

West Jefferson Hills School District ranks 18th out of the 106 schools in the surrounding seven-county area based on the 2009 Pittsburgh Business Times school district rankings.[28] The district also has the 14th lowest millage in Allegheny County. The district received the Keystone Achievement Award celebrating the attainment of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) each year from 2003 to 2008.[29]

School athletics

Thomas Jefferson High School has a long history of sports excellence. The school's football team won the state title in 1980, 2004, 2007, and 2008. The Jaguars won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association boys soccer championship in 2002.

On the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) level Thomas Jefferson has also achieved significant success. Thomas Jefferson's WPIAL team championships include:[30][31][32][33]

Thomas Jefferson High School WPIAL Championship Teams
Sport Class Year(s)
Football AAA 1980, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Boys Soccer AA 2001, 2002, 2004
Girls Track AA 1987, 1988, 1991
Boys Track AA 1991
Girls Volleyball AA 2001

Mon Valley School

The Mon Valley School provides its student with a range of options and opportunities based upon their needs and interests. Mon Valley provides vocational opportunities for exceptional students to enhance learning and to ensure that all students are equipped to function effectively in the workplace. The Mon Valley School provides students with training in a wide variety of fields from clerical and technical skills to auto service training.

Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School

The Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School provides career and technical training to 11 high schools in southern Allegheny County. They offer a half-day curriculum for students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. While at the Steel Center Area School students are offered a wide curriculum of training opportunities including fields such as auto mechanics, advertising and design, and computer information systems. The Steel Center Area School also offers adult education programs for local residents in the fields of auto mechanics, nursing assistants, facility maintenance, and manicurist technician/esthetic skin care.

Jefferson Hills Public Library

Jefferson Hills Public Library

Jefferson Borough Library was founded in 1959 by the joint efforts of the Jefferson Borough Lions' Club and a group of private citizens. Library shelving was initially placed in the Council Chambers and later moved to the renovated basement of the Municipal Building at 3008 Old Clairton Road.

Under the leadership of Charlotte Hill and Madeline Conklin, volunteers were organized to staff the library. The library was financed by a yearly donation from the Borough Council, donations from the Lions' Club, local businesses and citizens. Legislative grants were also received over the years.

Volunteers staffed the library until 1963 when Joyce Schmidt was hired as a librarian. Joyce and her volunteers worked to help the library grow for the next 30 plus years.

In October 1992, the library moved into the newly erected Municipal Center at 925 Old Clairton Road.

Today under the leadership and direction of an appointed Library Board and Library Director, the library is growing rapidly into the 21st century.

The library is now open 50 hours per week. With the addition of computers connected to the World Wide Web and WiFi, as well as a collection of approximately 32,000 books, audio tapes, DVD's and file materials the library is entering yet another exciting time in its development.[34]


Andrew Reilly Memorial Park

Municipal parks

Jefferson Hills offers many recreational opportunities for its residents. The municipality operates five parks including Gill Hall Park, Andrew Reilly Memorial Park, Lobb's Park, Beedle Park, and Tepe Park spread throughout the community. These parks offer a variety of amenities from various sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and playground equipment. Additionally, the borough has several pavilions and the Gill Hall Community Center available to rent to borough residents.

Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage is a system of biking and hiking trails spanning 150 miles (240 km).[35] These trails run from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh.[35] In 2006, the Great Allegheny Passage connected with the C & O Canal Trail to create a 318-mile-long (512 km) journey from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.[35] This effort was coordinated by the Allegheny Trail Alliance, an organization of the seven-member trails stretching from Pennsylvania to Maryland.

Jefferson Hills Trailhead

Jefferson Hills is uniquely positioned with two members of that Alliance, the Montour Trail and Steel Valley Trail system, intersecting in nearby Clairton. Local trailheads include Triphammer Road, Jefferson Hills (Gill Hall Road), Route 51 - Large, and Clairton trailheads.

Montour Trail

The Montour Trail is a multipurpose trail extending 40 miles (60 km) from Coraopolis to Clairton.[36] The trail is made of crushed limestone, making it ideal for biking, walking, and cross-country skiing in the winter.[36] The Montour Trail also connects with the Panhandle Trail, a trail of 29 miles (47 km) trail between Carnegie, Pennsylvania and Weirton, West Virginia.[37]

Steel Valley Trail

The Steel Valley Trail will eventually run 19 miles (31 km) from Clairton to West Homestead.[38] Its completion will allow riders to from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh solely on bike trails.[39]



Major roads

Two major roads run through Jefferson Hills, PA Route 51 and PA Route 43. Route 51 runs from Uniontown to the Pennsylvania/Ohio border. In Jefferson Hills Route 51 serves as the terminus for Route 43, otherwise known as the Mon–Fayette Expressway. Route 43 is a toll road and part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system.[40]

Public transportation

The Port Authority of Allegheny County offers bus services in and around Jefferson Hills. There are several buses that directly pass through the borough, including:[41]

Jefferson Hills Bus Routes
Route Number Route Map Schedule Route description
Y46 - Elizabeth Route Map Schedule Daily radial route via South Busway and Pennsylvania Route 51.
Y1 – Large Flyer Route Map Schedule Monday-Friday peak-direction express route via South Busway and Pennsylvania Route 51.
55 – Jefferson Route Map Schedule Daily feeder route with connections in West Mifflin and McKeesport.


Jefferson Hills is located 45 minutes to the southeast of Pittsburgh International Airport, which handles most air travel in the Pittsburgh metro area. Additionally, the borough is a short drive away from the Allegheny County Airport, located in the neighboring South Hills community of West Mifflin. The Allegheny County Airport serves as the primary FAA-designated reliever airport for Pittsburgh International Airport. In this role the airport supports a high volume of business and corporate-related activity.[42]


Electricity generation in Jefferson Hills is supplied by both Allegheny Power and Duquesne Light. Natural gas service for the borough is supplied by Equitable Gas Company. Waste Management handles the trash removal and recycling for Jefferson Hills.


Jefferson Hills is home to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, a 373-bed hospital $30 million hospital that opened in the spring of 1977.[43] It serves the South Hills region of Pittsburgh.[44] Jefferson Regional Medical Center has won numerous awards in recent years, especially in the areas of stroke and cardiac care. These awards include:

  • 2005 Winner of the Premier Award for Quality in the area of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)[45]
  • Winner of Solucient - 100 Top Hospitals: Stroke Benchmarks for Success[46]
  • Winner of Solucient - 100 Top Hospitals: Intensive Care Units[46]
  • 2009 Winner of HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award[47]
  • 2007 Winner of HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award[48]
  • 2007 Winner of HealthGrades Vascular Care Excellence Award[49]
  • 2005 VHA National Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence[50]



Jefferson Hills is covered by a handful of newspapers. As with all communities in the Pittsburgh area Jefferson Hills receives the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and the Pittsburgh City Paper.[51] The borough has two local papers, the South Hills Record and the Union-Finley Messenger.


Jefferson Hills as a member of the Pittsburgh metro area is served by a variety of local television and radio stations. The major network television affiliates are KDKA-TV 2 (CBS), WTAE-TV 4 (ABC), WPXI 11 (NBC), WQED 13 (PBS), WPGH-TV 53 (Fox), WPCW 19 (CW), WINP-TV 16 (Ion), WPNT 22 (MyNetworkTV), and WPCB 40 (Cornerstone).[52] WEPA-CD 16 is an independent station owned and operated by the Bruno-Goodworth Network.[52]


There are a wide variety of radio stations serving the Pittsburgh market. The first was KDKA 1020 AM, which is also the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States, receiving its license on October 27, 1920.[53] Other popular stations include KQV 1410 AM (news), WPGP 1250 AM (conservative talk), WKST-FM 96.1 FM (pop and hip-hop), WBZZ 100.7 FM (adult contemporary), WDVE 102.5 FM (album rock), WPGB 104.7 FM (talk), WXDX 105.9 FM (modern rock), and WAMO 106.7 (hip-hop, rap).[54] There are also three public radio stations in the area; including WESA 90.5 FM (National Public Radio affiliate operated by Duquesne University), WQED 89.3 FM (classical), and WYEP 91.3 FM (adult alternative).[54] Three non-commercial stations are run by Carnegie Mellon University (WRCT 88.3 FM), the University of Pittsburgh (WPTS 92.1 FM), and Point Park University (WPPJ 670 AM).[54]


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