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Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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Mount Lebanon is a census-designated place and municipality in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 33,017.

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History

In 1912, Mount Lebanon Township was incorporated as a "First Class Township" under Pennsylvania state law. It had formerly been a part of Scott Township. In 1928, Mt. Lebanon became the first "First Class Township" in Pennsylvania to adopt the council-manager form of government and has had an appointed manager serving as the chief administrative officer since that time.

On May 21, 1974, the electorate approved a Home Rule Charter, which took effect on January 1, 1975 making Mt. Lebanon one of the first municipalities in Pennsylvania to adopt a home rule charter. In the charter, the official name of the municipality became Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Geography

Mount Lebanon is located at 40°22'36" North, 80°2'57" West (40.376769, -80.049110)Template:GR. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.7 km².

Mount Lebanon is a streetcar suburb 6 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh. There are two small borders with Pittsburgh to the northeast, but most of the northeast border is with Dormont. Immediately north, Green Tree has an intersection bordering Mt. Lebanon. The entire western border is with Scott Township. To the south are the two towns which, due to their comparable size and affluence, are most often compared with Mt. Lebanon: Upper St. Clair to the southwest and Bethel Park to the southeast. To the east is Castle Shannon, and finally, to the northeast, the tiny Baldwin Township (not to be confused with Baldwin Borough).

Mount Lebanon's main business district is "uptown", in the city center along Washington Road. There are sizable business districts along the borders with Dormont, Upper St. Clair, and Castle Shannon, as well.

Pittsburgh's light rail, the "T", has 3 stops in the municipality: Mount Lebanon Station (in uptown, between Route 19/Washington Road and Shady Dr East), Poplar Dr (at Pennsylvania Blvd), and Arlington (curiously named, since the station is on Cooke Lane near the Lebanon Shops). Route 19 is the only intercity road to travel through Mt. Lebanon.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 33,017 people, 13,610 households, and 9,023 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 2,107.1/km² (5,457.2/mi²). There are 14,089 housing units at an average density of 899.1/km² (2,328.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 96.21% White, 0.61% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 13,610 households out of which 31.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% are non-families. 30.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.37 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the CDP the population is spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP is $60,783, and the median income for a family is $79,744. Males have a median income of $56,183 versus $37,008 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $33,652. 3.5% of the population and 2.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 4.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Education

Mount Lebanon is well known in the region for its public school system. While school taxes are higher than average and the schools are recognized as being very professionally managed, much of the district's success is due to the fact that the majority of parents in Mount Lebanon are college graduates, and expect the same of their children. Mount Lebanon has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education each of the three times it requested certificiation: 1983-84, 1990-91, and 1997-98. The Class of 2002 graduated 430 students, 97% of whom went on to some form of full-time college and 96% of whom took the SAT. Their cumulative mean score of 1147 is 127 points higher than the national mean and 149 points more than the Pennsylvania mean score. The municipality has a single high school, two junior highs, and seven elementary schools.

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