West Newton, Pennsylvania

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West Newton, located 24.5 miles (53 km) southeast of Pittsburgh, is a borough in Westmoreland County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Formerly, the manufacture of radiators and boilers were the chief industries. In 1900, the people living there numbered 2,467. In 1910, 2,880 people lived there. The population was 3,083 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town traces its roots to 1788, when a group of American pioneers to the Northwest Territory led by Gen. Rufus Putnam traveled overland from Massachusetts and stopped at this location to build boats. They then set out down the Youghiogheny River to the Monogahela and Ohio Rivers, ending their journey and founding the town of Marietta, Ohio. Former names of the town are Simeral's Ferry (also, Sumrill’s Ferry) and Robbstown.

Geography

West Newton is located at 40°12′34″N 79°46′9″W / 40.20944°N 79.76917°W / 40.20944; -79.76917 (40.209378, -79.769157)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (8.13%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,083 people, 1,318 households, and 830 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,717.5 people per square mile (1,053.4/km²). There were 1,410 housing units at an average density of 1,242.8/sq mi (481.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.50% White, 1.14% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 1,318 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.98.

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