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White Oak
White Oak Borough
WEDO studio in White Oak
WEDO studio in White Oak
Motto: Come Grow With Us
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 6.7 sq mi (17 km2)
 • Land 6.7 sq mi (17 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,862
 • Density 1,173/sq mi (453/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 15131
Area code(s) 412
FIPS code 42003
GNIS feature ID 1196442

White Oak is a suburban Pittsburgh borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,862 at the 2010 census.

White Oak was named for a stand of white oak trees near the original town site.


White Oak was originally part of Versailles Township (one of the original townships of Allegheny County). It wasn't until March 21, 1948 that a petition requesting the formation of White Oak Borough was submitted to the County Court. On June 24, 1948, Judge Russell H. Adams signed the decree of incorporation of the new borough. The first borough building was located at 860 Maple Street inside the old Bowery School.


White Oak is located at 40°20′42″N 79°48′48″W / 40.345°N 79.81333°W / 40.345; -79.81333 (40.344869, -79.813202).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.45%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 5,227
1950 6,159 17.8%
1960 9,047 46.9%
1970 9,304 2.8%
1980 9,480 1.9%
1990 8,761 −7.6%
2000 8,437 −3.7%
2010 7,862 −6.8%
Est. 2015 7,775 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
Oliver Drive in White Oak
Houses on Oliver Drive

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,437 people, 3,678 households, and 2,390 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,265.4 people per square mile (488.4/km²). There were 3,821 housing units at an average density of 573.1 per square mile (221.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.20% White, 1.86% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 3,678 households, out of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 17.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,046, and the median income for a family was $47,019. Males had a median income of $37,761 versus $27,378 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,775. About 4.0% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


As of 2016, the borough government includes Mayor Ina Jean Marton, council president Ron Massung, council vice president Joe Nagy, council president pro tempore David Pasternak, and councilmen Ed Babyak, Charles Davis, Kenneth Robb, and C. Richard Bryce. Other officials include borough secretary Nancy Greenland, finance secretary Michelle Gessner, code enforcement/building inspector Jennifer O'Brien, police chief Lou Bender, district magistrate Tom Miller, and emergency management coordinator J. Mark Jones.

White Oak is a part of the PA's 14th congressional district and is represented in the United States House of Representatives by Michael F. Doyle. The borough is part of the Pennsylvania Senate District 45, represented by Jim Brewster and is part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 35, represented by Marc Gergely.

Places of Worship

  • Bryn Mawr Church of Christ
  • Greek Orthodox Church Annunciation
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