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Sewickley in March 2016
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Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 80°11′04″W / 40.53639°N 80.18444°W / 40.53639; -80.18444Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 80°11′04″W / 40.53639°N 80.18444°W / 40.53639; -80.18444
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
741 ft (226 m)
 • Total 3,827
 • Density 3,480/sq mi (1,340/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code 412
FIPS code 42-69736
GNIS feature ID 1187277
Website Borough of Sewickley

Sewickley is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 12 miles (19 km) west northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. It is a residential suburb of Pittsburgh. The population was 3,827 at the 2010 census. The Sewickley Bridge crosses the Ohio River at Sewickley.


Sewickley is thought to be a Native American word meaning "sweet water."

Historian Charles A. Hanna suggested "Sewickley" came from Creek words for "raccoon" (sawi) and "town" (ukli). According to Hanna, the Asswikale branch of the Shawnee probably borrowed their name from the neighboring Sawokli Muscogee before the former's migration from present-day South Carolina to Pennsylvania. Contemporary accounts from noted anthropologist Frederick Webb Hodge and the Sewickley Presbyterian Church, as well as the current Sewickley Valley Historical Society concur to varying degrees with Mr. Hanna's etymology.


Sewickley is located at 40°32.2′N 80°10.5′W (40.5390, -80.1807).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (11.11%) is water.

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods

The borough of Sewickley is bordered directly by the boroughs of Edgeworth, Glen Osborne, and Sewickley Heights, as well as Aleppo Township. Along with those four municipalities, plus Bell Acres, Glenfield, Haysville, Leetsdale, Leet Township, and Sewickley Hills, Sewickley is located in the Quaker Valley School District. Together, these boroughs and townships constitute a loosely defined region in northwestern Allegheny County. Most of these eleven municipalities – not including Leetsdale and parts of Leet Township – share the Sewickley post office and its 15143 zip code.

Sewickley sits across the Ohio River from Moon Township and Coraopolis.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 795
1870 1,472 85.2%
1880 2,053 39.5%
1890 2,776 35.2%
1900 3,563 28.4%
1910 4,479 25.7%
1920 4,955 10.6%
1930 5,599 13.0%
1940 5,614 0.3%
1950 5,836 4.0%
1960 6,157 5.5%
1970 5,660 −8.1%
1980 4,778 −15.6%
1990 4,134 −13.5%
2000 3,902 −5.6%
2010 3,827 −1.9%
2015 (est.) 3,829 0.1%

As of the 2010 census, there were 3,827 people with 1,765 households and 950 families residing in the borough's 1,965 housing units. The racial makeup of the borough was 88.8% White, 7.3% African American, with the remainder of other races or multi-racial. No other single race represented more than 2% of the population. Hispanics represented less than 2% of the population.

According to the 2011–15 American Community Survey, the median household income in the borough was about $91,735 and the median family income was $118,507. The per capita income for the borough was about $54,149.

In popular culture

Parts of the movies Houseguest and The Mothman Prophecies were filmed in the Sewickley area. Houseguest in particular was filmed in many locations on Sewickley's main streets, Broad Street and Beaver Street. The Bruegger's Bagels on Beaver Street was transformed into a McDonald's during shooting. Scenes from Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, and The Lifeguard, starring Kristen Bell, were filmed in the town near the Sewickley Heights Manor. Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum, began filming in the Sewickley area in October 2012.

The fictional 1/24 scale town of Elgin Park, by artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith, is actually based on the town of Sewickley.

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