Ben Avon Heights, Pennsylvania

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Ben Avon Heights is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, located on a hill above the Ohio River, nine miles (14 km) from the city of Pittsburgh. The population was 392 at the 2000 census.

Ben Avon Heights is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.



Ben Avon Heights is located at 40°30′43″N 80°4′28″W / 40.51194°N 80.07444°W / 40.51194; -80.07444.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land. Its average elevation is 1,135 feet (346 m) above sea level [2].


Prior to 1906, the land that became Ben Avon Heights was farmland belonging to Samuel Taylor and John Wilson. In 1906 Walter Pringle Fraser of Ben Avon bought 84 acres (340,000 m2) on the former Taylor farm, using forty of the acres to build the Ben Avon Country Club and golf course. The remaining 44 acres (180,000 m2) were opened for a residential development which he named Ben Avon Heights. Like neighboring Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights appealed to Pittsburghers looking for rural summer homes away from the city. The borough was incorporated in 1913.

When the Ben Avon Country Club closed in 1917, it was divided into lots for additional housing. The Shannopin Country Club, the only commercial property in Ben Avon Heights, opened in 1920 with its clubhouse in Ben Avon Heights and golf course in neighboring Kilbuck Township. In the early 1930s, John I. Thompson purchased a portion of the original John Wilson Farm in Kilbuck Township and transformed the farmland into another residential area known as the Thompson Plan. The borough annexed the Thompson Plan in 1936, setting the boundaries of Ben Avon Heights to the way they are today.

The borough now contains 148 homes, a community park, and the club house of the Shannopin Country Club.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 392 people, 138 households, and 117 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,328.8 people per square mile (890.3/km²). There were 144 housing units at an average density of 855.5/sq mi (327.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.72% White, 0.26% African American, 0.26% Asian, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

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