Wilkins Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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Wilkins Township
Houses on Beaver Avenue
Houses on Beaver Avenue
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
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Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
 • Total 2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,357
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (930/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 15145, 15235

Wilkins Township is a township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census.[1] It is served by Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, the 43rd District of the Pennsylvania State Senate, and the 34th District of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.

Wilkins Township was named for William Wilkins (1779–1865), a politician from Pennsylvania who served in both houses of Congress and as U.S. Secretary of War.[2]


Wilkins Township is located at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (40.422668, -79.823491).[3] It is bounded to the north by Penn Hills, to the east by Monroeville, PA, to the south by Turtle Creek, PA, and to the west by Chalfant, PA and Churchill, PA.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), all of it land.


The southeastern border of the township is denoted by Thompson Run, a tributary of Turtle Creek. The township is drained by Thompson Run and its tributaries Sawmill Run and Chalfant Run, which in turn has a tributary, Lougeay Run, which flows into the township from Penn Hills. The entire township lies within the Turtle Creek Watershed.


Interstate 376 passes through the northern limb of the township, where it has an exit, number 81. US 22 has a business spur around which the main commercial section of the township is located, such as the Penn Center East shopping center. US Business 22 crosses Thompson Run from Wilkins Township to Monroeville over the Hall Station Bridge. PA 130 serves the southern portion of the township. The Union Railroad, following the Thompson Run valley, passes through the eastern fringe of the township.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,917 people, 3,235 households, and 2,012 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,637.6 people per square mile (1,019.3/km²). There were 3,432 housing units at an average density of 1,308.7/sq mi (505.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.79% White, 4.38% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,235 households, out of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the township the population was spread out, with 16.9% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,439, and the median income for a family was $47,882. Males had a median income of $37,127 versus $31,101 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,515. About 3.8% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Wilkins township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 30, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Porter, Thomas J. Jr. (May 10, 1984). "Town names carry a little bit of history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. Retrieved 26 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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