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Oakdale, Pennsylvania
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
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,459
 • Density 2,920/sq mi (1,130/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Former Oakdale Public School, built in 1905

Oakdale is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States and is a Pittsburgh suburb. The population was 1,459 at the 2010 census. Its zip code is 15071.

Oakdale is affectionately known as "America's Home Town". It is home to the Oakdale Inn, Sil's Market, The ROCK, and San Diego Padres pitcher Scott Patterson.


Oakdale is located at 40°23′58″N 80°11′8″W / 40.39944°N 80.18556°W / 40.39944; -80.18556 (40.399422, -80.185676).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 507
1900 1,147
1910 1,353 18.0%
1920 1,611 19.1%
1930 1,703 5.7%
1940 1,766 3.7%
1950 1,572 −11.0%
1960 1,695 7.8%
1970 2,136 26.0%
1980 1,955 −8.5%
1990 1,752 −10.4%
2000 1,551 −11.5%
2010 1,459 −5.9%
Est. 2015 1,470 0.8%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,551 people, 604 households, and 445 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,956.0 people per square mile (1,151.6/km²). There were 640 housing units at an average density of 1,219.8 per square mile (475.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.19% White, 0.90% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 604 households, out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $46,574, and the median income for a family was $55,865. Males had a median income of $37,125 versus $26,620 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,392. About 2.9% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.


Oakdale Borough was incorporated in 1892. On May 18, 1918 a TNT explosion in a local chemical factory killed 200 people. On September 17, 2004, Oakdale was devastated by a flood resulting from the rain brought by the remnants of category 5 Hurricane Ivan. The downpour from Ivan followed a steady rain that had covered the Allegheny County area from category 4 Hurricane Frances which struck the area just 10 days before Ivan hit. The flooding caused a large-scale evacuation of the community, and brought Red Cross volunteers and National Guard members to the area in an effort to control the confusion. The flooding destroyed businesses, many of which never reopened, and displaced many residents whose homes were condemned.

Surrounding areas

Oakdale is bordered by North Fayette Township to the north and South Fayette Township to the south.

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