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West View, Pennsylvania

West View
Houses on Ridgewood Avenue
Houses on Ridgewood Avenue
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
 • Mayor John R. Henry
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,771
 • Density 6,800/sq mi (2,600/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15229
Area code(s) 412
School district North Hills

West View is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, just north of downtown Pittsburgh. The population was 6,771 at the 2010 census.[1]


  • Geography and climate 1
  • Demographics 2
  • West View Park 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Geography and climate

West View is located at (40.518368, -80.033645).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.

Climate data for West View, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 36
Average low °F (°C) 17
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.49

The borough of West View is surrounded by Ross Township. The borough and Ross Township comprise the North Hills School District.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 7,277 people, 3,149 households, and 1,908 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,210.8 people per square mile (2,781.8/km²). There were 3,304 housing units at an average density of 3,273.9 per square mile (1,263.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.62% White, 0.93% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 3,149 households, out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% 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 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,264, and the median income for a family was $48,442. Males had a median income of $32,700 versus $27,031 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,025. About 4.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

West View Park

From 1906 to 1977, West View was home to one of the most remembered Pittsburgh amusement parks, West View Park. Located in the neighborhood's valley on Perry Highway/U.S. 19, this one-midway trolley park featured two beloved roller coasters: The Dips, with its unique banked turn-around curve, and the Racing Whippet, which featured two coasters on a strategically placed single track so that the train that started on the left of the loading platform came back on the right side and vice versa. Another popular park attraction was "Danceland", an entertainment hall that featured many performers from big band to rock and roll over the years, most notably The Rolling Stones in 1964. Danceland burned to the ground in 1973 and was not rebuilt.

West View Park closed at the end of the 1977 season. Its competing amusement park, Kennywood, was continuously expanding with bigger attractions, which West View was unable to do because of its location. Today, West View Park Shopping Center (with a unique sign featuring a roller coaster resembling the Dips), occupies the amusement park site. The shopping center opened in 1981. There are no traces of the park left, but several nearby businesses feature old memorabilia (such as signs, photos, and tickets). The Wendy's fast-food restaurant in the West View Plaza was just remodeled, and there are several new pictures that are on their walls that show the old Park.

The coming-of-age novel Stick Man, about a boy growing up in a bohemian household, with an accompanying musical soundtrack, is set in West View. Several key scenes are set in West View Park. The novel was written by West View native Richard Rossi. [3][4]


  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), West View borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ "West View, PA Normal Temperatures and Precipitation". Retrieved Jan 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee" (PDF). Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau. 
  6. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

External links

  • Borough website
  • West View Historical Society
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