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McDonald, Pennsylvania
Looking west from W. Lincoln and 3rd.
Looking west from W. Lincoln and 3rd.
Location on border of Allegheny and Washington Counties
Location on border of Allegheny and Washington Counties
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Washington
Established 1865
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
1,138 ft (347 m)
 • Total 2,149
 • Density 4,387.3/sq mi (1,694/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 724 Exchange: 926

McDonald is a borough in Allegheny and Washington counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Pittsburgh. In the past, factories of bottles, oil-well drilling tools, flour-mill products, etc., existed here. Oil and coal were and still are procured in the area. The population was 2,149 at the 2010 census. Of this, 1,766 were in Washington County, and 383 were in Allegheny County.

McDonald's government includes an elected mayor, an elected seven-member borough council and an appointed secretary-treasurer. The borough's tax collector is also elected. The mayor, council members and tax collector are all elected to four-year terms. All of the council seats are at-large.

The borough is served by the Fort Cherry School District.


McDonald is located at 40°22′12″N 80°13′58″W / 40.37000°N 80.23278°W / 40.37000; -80.23278 (40.370101, -80.232915).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²). None of the area is covered with water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 425
1890 1,698 299.5%
1900 2,475 45.8%
1910 2,543 2.7%
1920 2,751 8.2%
1930 3,281 19.3%
1940 3,530 7.6%
1950 3,543 0.4%
1960 3,141 −11.3%
1970 2,879 −8.3%
1980 2,772 −3.7%
1990 2,252 −18.8%
2000 2,281 1.3%
2010 2,149 −5.8%
Est. 2014 2,107 −2.0%

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,149 people, 383 of whom resided in the Allegheny county part of the borough, 1,766 of whom resided in the Washington County part of the borough.

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,281 people, 1,021 households, and 607 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,387.3 people per square mile (1,693.7/km²). There were 1,134 housing units at an average density of 2,181.1 per square mile (842.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.15% White, 6.31% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 1,021 households, out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,239, and the median income for a family was $45,878. Males had a median income of $35,484 versus $25,039 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,907. About 6.7% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.


Two movies have been filmed in McDonald, Homecoming and Warrior. Both films were filmed at the Pitt Hotel Bar.

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