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Murrysville, Pennsylvania
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Official seal of Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Location of Murrysville in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Murrysville in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Murrysville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Settled 1788 (as Franklin Township)
 • Total 36.84 sq mi (95.43 km2)
 • Land 36.84 sq mi (95.41 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
1,110 ft (338.3 m)
 • Total 20,079
 • Estimate 
 • Density 531.79/sq mi (205.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
FIPS code 42-52432

Murrysville, known formally by its legal name in its Charter as The Municipality of Murrysville, is designated as a home rule status community in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 20,079 at the 2010 census. It became a home rule Municipality in August 1976, when its electorate voted for its Charter designating it a Municipality.


Murrysville is located at 40°26′5″N 79°39′24″W / 40.43472°N 79.65667°W / 40.43472; -79.65667 (40.434828, -79.656724). It is roughly 20 miles east of Pittsburgh on U.S. Route 22, just east of the county line that separates Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. Murrysville is a control city on the sign for eastbound US 22 at the eastern end of I-376 in Monroeville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 36.9 square miles (96 km2), of which, 36.9 square miles (96 km2) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

Among the neighborhoods within Murrysville are Murrysville Heights, Heather Highlands, Franklin Estates, Settlers Ridge (The Ridge), Dunningtown, Newlonsburg, Ringertown, Sardis, and White Valley. Murrysville surrounds, but does not include, the Borough of Export, which is a separate municipal entity.


As of the census of 2000, there were 18,872 people, 7,083 households, and 5,630 families located in the municipality. The population density was 511.0 people per square mile (197.3/km2). There were 7,396 housing units at an average density of 200.3 per square mile (77.3/km2). The racial makeup of the Municipality was 95.38% White, 0.61% African American, 0.05% Native American, 3.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 7,083 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.01.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 81
1930 3,535
1940 3,797 7.4%
1950 4,937 30.0%
1960 8,517 72.5%
1970 12,244 43.8%
1980 16,036 31.0%
1990 17,240 7.5%
2000 18,872 9.5%
2010 20,079 6.4%
2019 (est.) 19,590 −2.4%
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Calvary Lutheran Church, Murrysville

In the Municipality population was spread out, with 24.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the Municipality was $64,071, and the median income for a family was $72,740. Males had a median income of $58,553 versus $32,567 for females. The per capita income for the Municipality was $32,017. About 2.2% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Local features

The Haymaker Gas Well in Murrysville was the nation's first commercial natural gas well. For some time, it remained the largest commercial gas well in the world.

Since 1933, Murrysville has had a "tree sign" spelling out the word "Murrysville". The trees were landscaped to grow and form the letters by local Boy Scouts. The sign is situated on a large hill as one enters the Municipality from the Murrysville–Monroeville border, near U.S. Route 22. In 1947, the sign was featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" as the world's largest arboreal sign. (It is no longer the world's largest, or even the largest in the country; "Luecke", near San Antonio, Texas, is much larger.) The "Y" in the Murrysville sign points to the Haymaker Gas Well.

In 1977, Murrysville was designated the "Gateway to Westmoreland County". In 2012, community leaders upgraded sign and landscaping elaborately at the main entrance at the Allegheny / Westmoreland border featuring this designation. As is shown at the introduction of this page, the Gateway designation is featured on the official Seal of the Municipality.


The Municipality of Murrysville is within the Franklin Regional School District. The district operates five schools: three elementary (Sloan, Heritage, Newlonsburg), Franklin Regional Middle School, and Franklin Regional High School, with Dr. Gennaro Piraino as the district's superintendent. The district's high school boasts a graduation rate of 99.3% compared to the national average for public high schools of 82% and is ranked #213 in Newsweek's 2016 "America's Top High Schools". Private schools include Mother of Sorrows Catholic School.

Notable people

  • Julie Benz (born 1972), actress
  • Jeremiah Burrell (1815–1856), Western Pennsylvania lawyer and judge
  • Bobby Engram (born 1973), Seattle Seahawks wide receiver; San Francisco 49ers assistant offensive coordinator
  • Eli Evankovich, PA House of Representatives, 54th District
  • Tom Flynn, defensive back for Green Bay Packers and New York Giants
  • Josiah Given (1828–1908) attorney, soldier and Supreme Court justice of Iowa
  • Brooke Hyland (born 1998), former star on Dance Moms
  • Paige Hyland (born 2000), former star on Dance Moms
  • Spencer Lee Multi-year World and NCAA Championship wrestler at University of Iowa
  • Ken Macha, Milwaukee Brewers manager
  • Robert Moose, Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher 1967–1976
  • Manu Narayan (born 1973), actor
  • Candace Otto, Miss Pennsylvania 2003
  • Maddie Ziegler (born 2002), dancer and actress
  • Mackenzie Ziegler (born 2004), dancer, singer, model and actress

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