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Koppel, Pennsylvania
Borough of Koppel
Koppel United Methodist Church
Koppel United Methodist Church
Location in Beaver County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Beaver County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Beaver
Incorporated 1910
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Land 0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
906 ft (276 m)
 • Total 762
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,342.64/sq mi (518.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 724
FIPS code 42-40400

Koppel is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States, and part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area since 1950. The population was 762 at the 2010 census.


Koppel was named after Arthur Koppel of the Orenstein-Koppel Co. which was a German manufacturing company that owned 558 acres of land in nearby Big Beaver Township by 1907. In 1912, Koppel was established as a borough. The next year, Orenstein-Koppel donated land to the new borough for school and municipal buildings. After most of the town was confiscated from Orenstein-Koppel in 1917, much of the property was sold to the Koppel Industrial and Equipment Company. Other manufacturing companies had a presence in Koppel—the Pressed Steel Car Co. from 1919 to 1937 and Babcock & Wilcox during the 1950s.


Koppel is located in northern Beaver County at 40°50′0″N 80°19′25″W / 40.83333°N 80.32361°W / 40.83333; -80.32361 (40.833402, -80.323675) along the west bank of the Beaver River. It is bordered to the north, west, and south by the borough of Big Beaver, and to the east by North Sewickley Township.

Pennsylvania Route 18 (Big Beaver Boulevard) follows the western border of the borough, leading south 6 miles (10 km) to Beaver Falls and north 14 miles (23 km) to New Castle. Pennsylvania Route 351 crosses Route 18 and runs through the center of Koppel, leading northeast 3 miles (5 km) to Ellwood City and west 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to Interstate 376 at the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Koppel has a total area of 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), of which 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 6.14%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 762
1930 1,057 38.7%
1940 1,064 0.7%
1950 1,137 6.9%
1960 1,389 22.2%
1970 1,312 −5.5%
1980 1,146 −12.7%
1990 1,024 −10.6%
2000 856 −16.4%
2010 762 −11.0%
2019 (est.) 721 −5.4%

As of the census of 2000, there were 856 people, 373 households, and 246 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,619.0 people per square mile (623.6/km2). There were 409 housing units at an average density of 773.6 per square mile (298.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.25% White, 0.47% African American, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 373 households, out of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 18.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,059, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $33,375 versus $22,292 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,101. About 3.9% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Raymond "Charlie No-Face" Robinson
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