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Mount Oliver
Borough
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (1 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,403
 • Density 11,343.3/sq mi (4,379.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Mount Oliver is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is a largely residential area situated atop a crest about 3 miles (5 km) west of the Monongahela River. The borough is surrounded entirely by the city of Pittsburgh, having resisted annexations by the city, as it prefers to manage its own local needs and finances.

It is named for Oliver Ormsby, son of John Ormsby, who held the original land grant for the area from George III. Mount Oliver has experienced some tough times of late which are associated with the slippage of the steel-making capacity of the Pittsburgh region. The population was 3,403 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Mount Oliver is located at 40°24′41″N 79°59′12″W / 40.41139°N 79.98667°W / 40.41139; -79.98667 (40.411319, -79.986571).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.

Mount Oliver is completely surrounded by the city of Pittsburgh. The borough's business district runs across the length of the neighborhood, from the South Side Slopes to Carrick. Brownsville Road runs along this ridge, and connects South Eighteenth Street in Pittsburgh with the neighborhood of Carrick and communities further east. Mount Oliver Borough borders the neighborhood of Mount Oliver in Pittsburgh.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,883
1900 2,295
1910 4,241 84.8%
1920 5,575 31.5%
1930 7,071 26.8%
1940 6,981 −1.3%
1950 6,646 −4.8%
1960 5,980 −10.0%
1970 5,509 −7.9%
1980 4,576 −16.9%
1990 4,160 −9.1%
2000 3,970 −4.6%
2010 3,403 −14.3%
Est. 2015 3,354 −1.4%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 3,970 people, 1,681 households, and 983 families residing in the borough. The population density was 11,720.0 people per square mile (4,508.3/km²). There were 1,864 housing units at an average density of 5,502.8 per square mile (2,116.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 83.75% White, 11.74% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania 2008
Brownsville Road in Mount Oliver

There were 1,681 households, out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.8% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,990, and the median income for a family was $32,388. Males had a median income of $30,394 versus $25,255 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,104. About 14.7% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.


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