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Oakmont Country Club
National Register of Historic Places
|Founded as Plum Township||1788|
|• Total||28.96 sq mi (75.01 km2)|
|• Land||28.58 sq mi (74.03 km2)|
|• Water||0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2) 1.34%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||947.66/sq mi (365.89/km2)|
Plum is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it is located northeast of the city of Pittsburgh, in what is commonly referred to as the East Hills suburbs. In 2018, Plum's population was 27,135.
Plum is often referred to as "Plum Boro" or more correctly "Plum Borough" by locals to distinguish it from its previous status as a township. It was founded as Plum Township in 1788 and was reorganized as a borough in 1956. The borough took its name from nearby Plum Creek.
Allegheny County was formed on September 24, 1788. Allegheny County was originally made up of seven townships, plus the then borough of Pittsburgh. Plum was one of those original seven townships. Originally extending as far south as Versailles (modern-day North Versailles Township), east to the county line, west to Penn Township, and north to the Allegheny River, Plum Township was founded on December 18, 1788. Plum has shrunk greatly over the years in area, but still remains among the larger municipalities in Allegheny County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 29.0 square miles (75 km2), of which 28.6 square miles (74 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 1.34%, is water.
- Pucketa Creek joins the Allegheny River where the creek forms the boundary between the borough of Plum and the city of Lower Burrell.
- Abers Creek
- Plum Creek rises in the borough.
- Little Plum Creek
- Monroeville (south)
- Penn Hills (west)
- Oakmont (west)
- Harmar Township (north across Allegheny River)
- Cheswick (north across Allegheny River)
- Springdale (north across Allegheny River)
- Lower Burrell (north, in Westmoreland County)
- Upper Burrell Township (northeast, in Westmoreland County)
- Murrysville (east, in Westmoreland County)
At the 2010 census there were 27,126 people, 10,528 households, and 7,431 families living in the borough. The population density was 935.4 people per square mile. There were 10,528 housing units at an average density of 363.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 93.9% White, 3.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9%.
There were 10,528 households, 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together and 29.4% were non-families. 24.5% of households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09.
The age distribution was 24.2% under the age of 20, 2.5% from 20 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% 65 or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males.
The median household income was $66,680 and the median family income was $74,941. Males had a median income of $54,119 versus $40,625 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,474. About 3.8% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
- Oakmont Country Club is wholly located within Plum's borders, according to Google Maps. The course has been consistently ranked as one of the five best by Golf Digest 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America. In 2007, Oakmont placed 5th by the magazine. It is one of only a few courses ranked every year in the top ten of the publication's history. The top 50 toughest courses ranks Oakmont also at #5, while GolfLink.com ranks it at #3 overall. It hosted its ninth U.S. Open in 2016, the most of any course.
- The portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from mile markers 49 through 55 crosses through Plum.
The Plum Borough School District serves the borough grades K–12. The elementary schools (grades K–4) are Center and Pivik. The middle elementary school is Holiday Park Elementary (grades 5-6). The junior high school is A.E. Oblock Junior High School (grades 7-8) and Plum Senior High School serves grades 9–12. The latest redistricting was approved by the Plum School Board in 2018. There were once three other elementary schools, which were called Renton Elementary School, Regency Park Elementary, and the other called Adlai E. Stevenson, both have since been torn down. Plum School District is governed by the Plum School Board.
Plum Borough is also serviced by the Plum Borough Community Library. The library houses the history room of the Allegheny Foothills Historical Society (the Historical Society also provides tours of the reconstructed Carpenter Family Log House in Boyce Park).
- William D. Boyce, founder of the Boy Scouts of America
- Pat McAfee, former punter for Indianapolis Colts, former punter/kicker West Virginia Mountaineers football team
- Elias (real name Jeffrey Sciullo), professional WWE wrestler
- Alex Kirilloff, professional baseball player for Minnesota Twins
- R. J. Umberger, former National Hockey League player
- Matt Morgan (American football), former tackle for the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, former tackle University of Pittsburgh football team.
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