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Carnegie, Pennsylvania

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Carnegie is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 8,389.

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Geography

Carnegie is located at 40°24'25" North, 80°5'12" West (40.406819, -80.086795)Template:GR. It is approximately 7 miles southwest of downtown Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.3 km² (1.6 mi²). 4.3 km² (1.6 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

History and culture

Carnegie is named after Andrew Carnegie, who donated one of his libraries for the gesture. It was incorporated around 1902-1903 from the boroughs of Chartiers and Mansfield (separated by Chartiers Creek). Later, the borough annexed part of Robinson Township (now Rossalyn Heights).

Neighborhoods include Rossalyn Heights, Cubbage Hill, Irishtown, Forsythe Hill, Library Hill, and Old Mansfield. Many neighborhoods were at one time or another mined for coal. The main industries were a few steel mills, and had a rail yard (Pennsylvania Railroad). In the 1970s, Carnegie suffered economically as the closure of the steel mills and the railroad yard stopped its growth.

Notable celebrities include Honus Wagner (who, according to local legend, was discovered throwing rocks along the rail line not too far from his home). Mike Ditka also spent some of his early years here (a ballfield on Cubbage Hill was named after him).

Carnegie is ethnically diverse, marked by the number of churches as well as bars in the neighborhood. There are several Catholic churches serving different communities - Polish (St. Ignatius), Irish (St. Luke), German (St. Josephs) and Italian (Holy Souls) - as well as at least two Ukrainian orthodox churches, several Methodist churches, several Baptist Churches and a Synagogue. Another peculiar aspect of Carnegie is the number of local clubs there are (VFW, FOE, AL, Elks, Polish Eagles, Polish Sportsmen, AOH, Ukrainian Club (the "Ukes"), plus a number of smaller clubs).

In the 1920s or 1930s, the Ku Klux Klan came to Carnegie to try and recruit members. A riot ensued, and at least one person was killed.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 8,389 people, 3,967 households, and 2,134 families residing in the borough. The population density is 1,963.0/km² (5,076.7/mi²). There are 4,249 housing units at an average density of 994.3/km² (2,571.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 91.32% White, 5.57% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,967 households out of which 22.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% are married couples living together, 13.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.2% are non-families. 40.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 18.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.10 and the average family size is 2.86.

In the borough the population is spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough is $32,589, and the median income for a family is $41,371. Males have a median income of $30,792 versus $26,239 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $21,119. 11.5% of the population and 9.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.4% of those under the age of 18 and 7.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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