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North Versailles Township
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
 • Total 8.19 sq mi (21.22 km2)
 • Land 8.03 sq mi (20.79 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
 • Total 10,229
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,256.63/sq mi (485.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 42-003-55488

North Versailles ( VUR-saylz) is a first class township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,229 at the 2010 census. The township derives its name from the Palace of Versailles.


North Versailles Township was formed September 18, 1869, by a division of (the original) Versailles Township into North and South Versailles townships. Versailles Township was one of the original seven townships of Allegheny County formed in 1788 from Westmoreland County. Additionally, the land which encompasses the present day North Versailles Township was disputed territory between Pennsylvania and Virginia, which claimed the area as part of Yohogania County of the District of West Augusta.

The territory designated in 1788 as Versailles Township now contains the townships of North Versailles and South Versailles; the boroughs of White Oak, East McKeesport, Wall, Versailles, and portions of Wilmerding and Trafford; as well as the major portion (excluding 10th ward) of the city of McKeesport.

North Versailles was further divided with the formation of the boroughs of East McKeesport (1893), Wall (1904), and portions of the boroughs of Wilmerding (1890) and Trafford (1904). The section of Wilmerding on the north side of Turtle Creek was originally part of the former Patton Township, and the majority of Trafford is situated in Westmoreland County. An area of North Versailles (Allequippa Grove, later known as North McKeesport and Highland Grove) was annexed by the city of McKeesport.

Early villages and population centers in North Versailles included Port Perry, Saltsburgh and Allequippa Grove along the Monongahela River; Pleasant Hill near to what is now East McKeesport; Point Pleasant located near the present intersections of Route 30 and McKee and Naser roads; and Stewart's Station, Spring Hill, Mosside Station, Wall Station, and Wilmerding Station along Turtle Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River.

North Versailles has a number of named neighborhoods, including the following which roughly correspond to the township's seven wards:

  • Ward 1: Park Terrace
  • Ward 2: Arlington
  • Ward 3: Sunset and South Wilmerding
  • Ward 4: Green Valley and Fite Station
  • Ward 5: West Wilmerding
  • Ward 6: Dixon Hollow and Oak Hill
  • Ward 7: Crestas Terrace

At one time, North Versailles was served by eight volunteer fire departments. Each ward was served by one department, with the exception of Ward 3, which had both the Sunset and South Wilmerding VFDs. Ward 4 and 6's fire departments were the Green Valley VFD and Dixon VFD respectively.

Currently, three fire departments serve the township. Crestas VFD (with one station) serves Crestas Terrace, West Wilmerding VFD serves west wilmerding. The remaining five wards of the township are served by the Fire Department of North Versailles (FDNV) with three stations. The stations are respectively the former Sunset-Central VFD, Green Valley VFD, and Dixon Hollow VFD.

The North Versailles Township Police department also patrols the borough of Wilmerding.


North Versailles is located at 40°22′49″N 79°48′37″W / 40.38028°N 79.81028°W / 40.38028; -79.81028 (40.380219, -79.810178).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.5 km2), of which 8.1 square miles (21.0 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 1.93%, is water.

George Westinghouse Bridge at the western terminus of North Versailles Township

North Versailles is bordered by the Monongahela River to the west, Turtle Creek to the west and north, North Huntingdon and Westmoreland County to the east, and the city of McKeesport and the borough of White Oak to the south. The township surrounds East McKeesport, Wilmerding, and Wall.

The Lincoln Highway, US Route 30, traverses North Versailles and on its western border crosses the Turtle Creek valley via the George Westinghouse Bridge into East Pittsburgh.

Other highways in the township include PA 48 (Jack's Run Road/Mosside Boulevard—the Orange Belt) and PA 148 (Fifth Avenue Extension—the Yellow Belt). In addition to Routes 48 and 148, Greensburg Pike Section 2 and the East Pittsburgh McKeesport Boulevard provide access to the Tri Boro Expressway.

Topographic map of North Versailles and surrounding area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 13,416
1980 13,294 −0.9%
1990 12,302 −7.5%
2000 11,125 −9.6%
2010 10,229 −8.1%
Est. 2018 9,960 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,229 people, 4,785 households, and 2,792 families living in the township. The population density was 1,275 per square mile. There were 5,219 housing units at an average density of 650.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 82.93% White, 13.77% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,125 people, 4,933 households, and 3,102 families living in the township. The population density was 1,371.9 people per square mile (529.6/km2). There were 5,227 housing units at an average density of 644.6/sq mi (248.8/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 87.81% White, 9.77% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 4,933 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the township the population was spread out, with 19.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $30,617, and the median income for a family was $38,145. Males had a median income of $31,389 versus $25,451 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,991. About 8.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Further information

  • 1876 – Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1876.
  • 1903 – Eastern Vicinity of Pittsburgh. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1903.
  • Bureau of Social Research—Federation of Social Agencies of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Recreational Facilities Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Volume III, Minor Civil Divisions: McKees Rocks to Wilmerding. Pittsburgh: by the author, 1947.
  • Fleming, George Thornton. History of Pittsburgh & Environs, Volume III. New York: American Historical Society, 1922.
  • Sokol, John L. (Szarc, John J. ed.) North Versailles 100th Anniversary. North Versailles, PA: by the author, 1970.
  • Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1914.


Notable residents

Comedienne Donna Jean Young, whose career was built upon her material related to East McKeesport and "Woolmerding" (as she pronounced and spelled Wilmerding in her act), was a resident of Broadway Extension, Arlington Plan, North Versailles Township. In her youth, portions of North Versailles used East McKeesport as a postal address and were long associated with this community. Young was briefly a cast member on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. In 1968, she released an album on Epic Records, Live From East McKeesport.

Noted jazz drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts (Wynton Marsalis and numerous others) is a 1977 graduate of East Allegheny High School.

Gordon Jones, a 1975 graduate of East Allegheny High School, was an All-American wide receiver at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams.

Elroy (Roy) Face, was a Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher from 1953 to 1966. Major league record for most wins by a relief pitcher, 18–1 in 1959. In a 16-season career, he posted a 104–95 record with a 3.48 ERA and 877 strikeouts in 1375 innings pitched and 848 games. His NL record of 193 saves was not broken until 1982. All-star 1959–61. First pitcher to save three games in the World Series( versus New York Yankees). Favorite pitch: fork ball. Since 1983, he has resided in North Versailles, Pennsylvania as a carpenter.

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