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Crafton, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°26′1.93″N 80°4′5.33″W / 40.4338694°N 80.0681472°W / 40.4338694; -80.0681472
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Crafton, Pennsylvania
Intersection of East Crafton, Noble and Dinsmore Avenues in Crafton, PA.
Intersection of East Crafton, Noble and Dinsmore Avenues in Crafton, PA.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°26′1.93″N 80°4′5.33″W / 40.4338694°N 80.0681472°W / 40.4338694; -80.0681472
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough
 • BodyBorough Council
 • MayorColetta Perry
 • Council PresidentJohn Oliverio
 • Total1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Land1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total6,099
 • Density5,340.63/sq mi (2,061.41/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code412
FIPS code42-16848
WebsiteCrafton Borough

Crafton is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, west of downtown Pittsburgh. The population was 6,099 at the 2020 census.[3] It is a residential suburb of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.


Prior to European colonial usurpation, the area was inhabited and controlled by the Seneca Indians. It is believed the legendary chief of the Seneca, Cornplanter, called the area Killemun. But even before the Seneca came, the Crafton/Ingram area was inhabited. In her 1993 historical account, local historian and Crafton-native, Betsy Martin, writes that, “Burial mounds from a much earlier pre-Columbian Adena Culture were found farther down the [Chartiers] creek toward the ‘Rocks’ in the vicinity of the Fall Hole…”[4] It is likely Martin is referring to a mound site near the junction of the Creek with the Ohio River, a site which underwent excavations in 1896 by the Carnegie Museum. The excavation unearthed at least 33 burials, all “Early Woodland Adena in affiliation.”[5] The Indians who built the mounds are believed to be Algonquin. While there is no way of knowing exactly which mounds Martin is describing, the reality is that such ancient interment mounds and early-indigenous habitation sites were strewn across the entire Chartiers Valley region, including Crafton/Ingram. Throughout the 20th Century, however, most of the sites were destroyed as a result of industrial development and building construction.

For obvious reasons, the Chartiers Creek was the dominant geographical feature during the premodern era, winding a northwesterly path to its terminus in the Ohio River at McKees Rocks. By 1749/1750, The French, under the aegis of King Louis XV, were staking land claims throughout the creek valley and surrounding forested hills and open meadows. George Washington passed through the area for the first time in 1752, along with his guide, Christopher Gist.

Crafton is named after James S. Craft, a frontier attorney who was granted land near the "forks of the Ohio" in present-day Oakland.[6] The sale of this land part financed purchases of land in the Chartiers valley. Charles Craft, son of James, divided the land into lots on the death of his father and submitted it to the Allegheny County Courthouse as Crafton. Following a period of building, the borough was incorporated on January 8, 1892, with Charles as the first burgess.[7]

Crafton was linked to downtown Pittsburgh by trolley in 1896. The service ended when the Fort Pitt Bridge was built without trolley tracks.


Crafton is located at 40°26′2″N 80°4′5″W / 40.43389°N 80.06806°W / 40.43389; -80.06806 (40.433869, -80.068146).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods[edit]

Crafton has six land borders, including Ingram to the north and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Crafton Heights to the northeast, Westwood to the east, Oakwood and East Carnegie to the south, and Fairywood to the northwest. Across Chartiers Creek, Crafton runs adjacent with Thornburg to the west and Rosslyn Farms to the southwest.


Historical population

As of the 2000 census,[13] there were 6,706 people, 3,079 households, and 1,613 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,916.0 people per square mile (2,284.2 people/km2). There were 3,344 housing units at an average density of 2,950.1 per square mile (1,139.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.50% White, 2.74% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 3,080 households, out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $38,323, and the median income for a family was $52,386. Males had a median income of $38,292 versus $24,497 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,441. About 3.4% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

Presidential elections results[15][16][17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 36% 1,353 60% 2,232 2% 78
2016 37% 1,175 57% 1,810 5% 170
2012 41% 1,191 57% 1,677 2% 53

Notable people[edit]

  • Bill Cowher (born 1957), former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current NFL analyst. Cowher is a native of Crafton and attended Carlynton High School.
  • Alpha L. Bowser (1910–2003), United States Marine Corps lieutenant general. He was a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War — decorated for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima and in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
  • Paul Shannon (1909–1990), legendary Pittsburgh radio and television host.



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  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Explore Census Data".
  4. ^ Martin, Betsy. The Story of Crafton: 1740-1992. The Crafton Historical Society. Crafton, Pennylvania. 1992.
  5. ^ Weed, Carol S. “PREHISTORIC CONTEXT STUDY (CHAPTER THREE) IN SUPPORT OF DATA RECOVERY AT SITE 36AL480, LEETSDALE, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.” U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Pittsburgh District. 14 October 2004. https://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Portals/72/docs/Leetsdale%20Archaelology%20Data/Chapter%203%20-%20Prehistoric%20Context.pdf?ver=2017-12-19-132148-817
  6. ^ "Crafton Historical Society". Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Martin, Betsy (1992). The Story of Crafton: 1740–1992. Crafton Historical Society. pp. 43–44.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
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  12. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
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  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
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  16. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvania general election results". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
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Preceded by Bordering communities
of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by