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Bruin, Pennsylvania
Borough of Bruin
Buildings on Main Street
Buildings on Main Street
Location of Bruin in Butler County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Bruin in Butler County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Butler County
Settled 1901
 • Total 1.82 sq mi (4.73 km2)
 • Land 1.82 sq mi (4.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 524
 • Estimate 
 • Density 269.04/sq mi (103.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 724
FIPS code 42-09528
School District Karns City Area School District

Bruin is a borough in Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 524 at the 2010 census.


Bruin is located in northeastern Butler County at 41°3′26″N 79°43′48″W / 41.05722°N 79.73000°W / 41.05722; -79.73000 (41.057142, -79.730051), in the valley of Bear Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River. It is approximately 53 miles (85 km) north of Pittsburgh. The borough is surrounded by Parker Township but is separate from it. Pennsylvania Route 268 passes through the center of town, leading northeast 4 miles (6 km) to the city of Parker and south 3 miles (5 km) to Petrolia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough of Bruin has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 539
1920 720 33.6%
1930 622 −13.6%
1940 663 6.6%
1950 717 8.1%
1960 706 −1.5%
1970 673 −4.7%
1980 722 7.3%
1990 646 −10.5%
2000 534 −17.3%
2010 524 −1.9%
2019 (est.) 491 −6.3%

The population was 524 at the 2010 census.

As of the census of 2000, there were 534 people, 204 households, and 151 families residing in the borough. The population density was 308.8 people per square mile (119.2/km2). There were 228 housing units at an average density of 131.8 per square mile (50.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.69% White, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 204 households, out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,554, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $30,192 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,136. About 13.1% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.


The Bruin Lagoon Site covers approximately 6 acres (2.4 ha) in the borough. The site began operating during the 1930s as a disposal site for petroleum refining wastes. Until the 1970s, Bruin Lagoon was used for the disposal of wastes from mineral oil production, motor oil reclamation, crude storage tanks, and spent bauxite from mineral oil infiltration. The primary contaminants at the site were sulfuric acid, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and heavy metals.

In 1968, the lagoon overflowed, spilling approximately 3,000 gallons of acidic sludge into Bear Creek which borders the east side of the site. The spill killed more than three million fish in Bear Creek and the Allegheny and Ohio rivers.


As of 2017, the economy of Bruin, PA employs 210 people. The largest industries in Bruin, PA are Manufacturing (39 people), Retail Trade (33 people), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (23 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($68,750), Educational Services ($54,063), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($45,625).


The borough is served by Karns City Area School District.

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