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Baldwin, Pennsylvania

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Official name: Borough of Baldwin
Named for: Henry Baldwin
Motto: "Just a Nice Place to Live!"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
District County Council District 6
Elevation 1,214 ft (370 m)
Area 5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)
 - land 5.8 sq mi (15 km2)
 - water 0.15 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Population 19,812 (2013)
Density 3,465.5 / sq mi (1,338 / km2)
Incorporated October 27, 1950
Mayor David Depretis (D) [1]
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15227
Area code 412
School District Baldwin-Whitehall
Location in Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: Borough of Baldwin

Baldwin is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The population was 19,767 at the 2010 census.


  • Geography 1
  • Surrounding communities 2
  • History 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Public services 5
  • Government and politics 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Baldwin is located at .[2] A thin strip of land which is still part of Baldwin stretches north along Becks Run Road, separating St. Clair and Hays, reaching all the way to the Monongahela River. It then forms the south bank of the river almost to the Glenwood Bridge, effectively surrounding Hays on three sides.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which, 5.8 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it is water. Its average elevation is 1,214 feet (370 m) above sea level.[4]

Surrounding communities


The borough was named for Henry Baldwin (1780–1844), a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.[5] Baldwin Borough was incorporated on October 27, 1950, from Baldwin Township.[6]


As of the census of 2000, there were 19,999 people, 8,193 households, and 5,776 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,465.5 people per square mile (1,338.2/km²). There were 8,883 housing units at an average density of 1,539.3 per square mile (594.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.20% White, 2.42% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 8,193 households, out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $40,752, and the median income for a family was $48,503. Males had a median income of $39,086 versus $28,458 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,918. About 3.9% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Borough of Baldwin welcome sign.

Public services

Baldwin Borough is served by the Baldwin Borough Library. It has three volunteer fire companies, an Emergency Medical Service, and a Police force of 29 sworn officers.[10]

Government and politics

The Borough of Baldwin is represented by elected officials including a 7-member Borough Council taking the position of Baldwin's Legislative Branch, and a Borough Mayor serving as the borough's Executive Branch. There are nine voting districts in the borough, Baldwin is included in the 14th Congressional District; 45th State Senatorial District with 2 State Legislative Districts (36th and 38th) serving our residents.[11]

Office Name Political Party
Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D)
Senators Pat Toomey (R)
U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (Pennsylvania politician) (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate Jim Brewster (D)
PA House Harry Readshaw (D)
PA House William C. Kortz (D)
Allegheny County Councilman John F. Palmiere (D)

[12] [13] [14] [14] [15]

The Borough Council is a seven-membered body of lawmakers who abide by and amend the "Borough Code". Members are elected at-large to serve four year terms. Agenda Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Regular Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Name Job/ Title Political Party
Michael Stelmasczyk Council President Democratic
John Conley Council Vice President and Planning Commission / Zoning Hearing Board Liaison Democratic
Michael Ducker Council President Pro Tem, Public Safety Chairman, and BEMS Board Director Democratic
John "Butch" Ferris Councilman Democratic
Kevin Fischer Councilman and Finance Chairman Democratic
Francis Scott Councilman and Personnel Chairman Democratic
James Behers Councilman and Parks and Recreation Chairman Democratic


The Mayor of Baldwin is David Depretis (D)[10]


  1. ^ "Baldwin Borough". Baldwin Borough website. Baldwin Borough. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ "City of Pittsburgh Maps". Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ Ackerman, Jan (May 10, 1984). "Town names carry bit of history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Allegheny County - 2nd Class" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
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External links

  • Borough of Baldwin (official site)
  • Historic Pittsburgh Map Collections
    • 1876 - Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny and Adjoining Boroughs: Plate 44
    • 1886 - Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny Pennsylvania
    • 1906 - Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh
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