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Leechburg, Pennsylvania
North side of 100 block of Market Street, looking east
North side of 100 block of Market Street, looking east
Location of Leechburg in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Leechburg in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Leechburg, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Leechburg, Pennsylvania
Leechburg, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Armstrong
Settled 1832
Incorporated 1850
 • Type Council-Mayor
 • Total 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
 • Land 0.44 sq mi (1.14 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
790 ft (240 m)
 • Total 2,149
 • Density 4,478.08/sq mi (1,729.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 724
FIPS code 42-42280

Leechburg is a borough in southern Armstrong County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. A population of 2,149 residents live within the borough limits as of the 2020 census, according to US Census Bureau. Leechburg was founded by David Leech, for whom it was named, and was incorporated as a borough in 1850. Located along the Kiskiminetas River, Leechburg was a major port of the Pennsylvania Canal. Early in the 20th century, it was the site of extensive steel sheet works, foundries, cement plants, and productive coal mines. Leechburg was the first place where natural gas was used for industrial purposes.


Leechburg is located at 40°37′45″N 79°36′13″W / 40.62917°N 79.60361°W / 40.62917; -79.60361 (40.629304, -79.603727). Elevations range from 780 feet (240 m) to 1,080 feet (330 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), of which 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 8.62%, is water.

The town is bordered by the Kiskiminetas River to the south, on the border of Westmoreland County, and Gilpin Township to the north.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 359
1870 368 2.5%
1880 1,123 205.2%
1890 1,921 71.1%
1900 2,459 28.0%
1910 3,624 47.4%
1920 3,991 10.1%
1930 4,489 12.5%
1940 4,275 −4.8%
1950 4,042 −5.5%
1960 3,545 −12.3%
1970 2,999 −15.4%
1980 2,682 −10.6%
1990 2,504 −6.6%
2000 2,386 −4.7%
2010 2,156 −9.6%
2020 2,149 −0.3%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,386 people, 1,109 households, and 645 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,320.9 people per square mile (2,047.2/km²). There were 1,193 housing units at an average density of 2,660.5 per square mile (1,023.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.53% White, 1.26% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 1,109 households, out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.1% 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 2.85.

The borough median age of 43 years was significantly more than the county median age of 40 years. The distribution by age group was 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2012 the median household income in the borough was $35,682 and the median family income was $45,563. 17.8% of the population, 14.4% of families, 29.3% of children, and 8.8% of those 65 or older had income below the poverty level.

Panoramic view facing west showing approximately 160 degrees of downtown Leechburg from on top of the highrise located at 2nd and Main Street
Panoramic view facing east showing approximately 180 degrees of downtown Leechburg from on top of the highrise located at 2nd and Main Street


Leechburg was founded in 1850 by David Leech. Prior to 1850, the settlement was known as White Plains. David Leech purchased the land from a local Native American known as White Maddock.

Notable people

  • John Phillips, U.S. Ambassador to Italy
  • Mickey Morandini, Olympic athlete and All-Star MLB second baseman
  • Alex Kroll, professional football player and CEO of Young & Rubicam
  • Joseph Grant Beale, Member of Congress and industrialist


The children of Leechburg are educated by the Leechburg Area School District. The school district consists of Leechburg, Gilpin Township and West Leechburg Borough.

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