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Tarentum from 366 Bridge.jpg
Tarentum as seen from the George D. Stuart Bridge, part of Pennsylvania Route 366
Official name: Borough of Tarentum
Motto: The Crossroads of the Allegheny Valley
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
River Allegheny River
Elevation 840 ft (256 m)
Coordinates 40°36′11″N 79°45′20″W / 40.60306°N 79.75556°W / 40.60306; -79.75556
Area 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km²)
 - land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km²)
 - water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km²)
Population 4,530 (2010)
Incorporated March 7, 1842
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15084
Area code 724, 878
School district Highlands
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

Tarentum is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Downtown Pittsburgh, along the Allegheny River. Tarentum was an industrial center where plate glass and bottles were manufactured; bricks, lumber, steel and iron novelties, steel billets and sheets, sack and wrapping paper were also produced. The Pennsylvania Railroad operated a station in Tarentum; its rail line ran through the town. The population was 4,530 at the 2010 census. Two statues of Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth, are displayed by the borough in Tarentum.


Tarentum is located at 40°36′11″N 79°45′20″W / 40.60306°N 79.75556°W / 40.60306; -79.75556 (40.603042, -79.755447).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 12.06%, is water.


  • The Allegheny River forms the borough's eastern border with Westmoreland County.
  • Bull Creek joins the Allegheny River at Tarentum.
  • Little Bull Creek joins Bull Creek via a culvert underneath Bull Creek Road (Pennsylvania Route 366) at Tarentum.

Neighboring municipalities

Tarentum is bordered by East Deer Township to the west, Frazer Township to the northwest, Fawn Township to the north, Harrison Township to the northeast, and Brackenridge to the east. To the south, across the Allegheny River in Westmoreland County, are New Kensington (via Tarentum Bridge) and Lower Burrell.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 509
1860 711 39.7%
1870 944 32.8%
1880 1,245 31.9%
1890 4,627 271.6%
1900 5,472 18.3%
1910 7,414 35.5%
1920 8,925 20.4%
1930 9,551 7.0%
1940 9,846 3.1%
1950 9,540 −3.1%
1960 8,232 −13.7%
1970 7,379 −10.4%
1980 6,419 −13.0%
1990 5,674 −11.6%
2000 4,993 −12.0%
2010 4,530 −9.3%
Est. 2015 4,462 −1.5%

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,993 people, 2,170 households, and 1,306 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,011.0 people per square mile (1,554.7/km²). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 2,053.3 per square mile (795.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.79% White, 3.65% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 2,170 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

Towboat "Annette G" Pushing A Dredger Crane Barge Above The George D. Stuart Bridge (Tarentum, PA)
The towboat Annette G pushing a dredger crane barge just upstream from the George D. Stuart Bridge (commonly called the Tarentum Bridge)

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,895, and the median income for a family was $32,042. Males had a median income of $28,578 versus $21,891 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,671. About 12.1% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

In 1900, 5,472 people lived here; in 1910, 7,414 people lived here; and in 1940, 9,846 people lived in Tarentum. The population was 4,993 at the 2000 census.

Museums and other points of interest

See also: List of museums in Pennsylvania
Tarentum Pa town photo 1
2015 View of Tarentum, PA
  • The Community Library of Allegheny Valley, Tarentum Branch, serves the borough and regional municipalities.
  • Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum is at 224 East Seventh Avenue.
  • Pittsburgh Mills in nearby Frazer Township uses a Tarentum postal code; it is the 22nd-largest shopping mall in the United States.

Usage in popular culture

See also: List of films shot in Pittsburgh
  • Knightriders - (1981)
  • Out of the Black – (2001)
  • My Bloody Valentine 3D – (2009)
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