Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania

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Lower Burrell is a city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Located approximately 18 miles outside of Downtown Pittsburgh, Lower Burrell is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The population was 12,608 at the 2000 census.

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History

In 1852, Burrell Township was carved out of Allegheny Township in Westmoreland County due to an increase in population in the area, by Judge Jeremiah Murry Burrell. In 1879 Burrell Township was divided into two separate townships, Lower Burrell and Upper Burrell. The present-day cities of New Kensington and Arnold were once part of Lower Burrell Township. In the years that followed, Lower Burrell transformed from a quiet, rural farm community to a residential and commercial area while Upper Burrell stayed primarily rural. In 1959, in the midst of the growth of their community, township residents voted to make Lower Burrell a third class city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Lower Burrell continued to grow substantially until the 1980s. Like many small towns in western Pennsylvania, Lower Burrell suffered economic and population stagnation with the collapse of local heavy industry. Since the early 1990s, Lower Burrell experienced slight growth, though much of the city's commercial property, including one of its only large shopping centers, remains vacant. Preliminary data from the 2010 Census shows that Lower Burrell has lost about 5% of its population since 2000.

Geography

Lower Burrell is located at 40°35′2″N 79°43′19″W / 40.58389°N 79.72194°W / 40.58389; -79.72194 (40.583966, -79.721948).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.8 square miles (30.6 km²), of which, 11.6 square miles (29.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (2.28%) is water.

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