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Duquesne ( ) is a city along the Monongahela River in Allegheny Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker and is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. The population was 7,332 at the 2000 census.


The borough of Duquesne was settled in 1789. Duquesne was incorporated in 1891. Population in 1900, 9,036; in 1910, 15,727; in 1914 (US estimate), 18,576; in 1920, 19,011; in 1930, 21,000; and in 1940, 20,693.

Duquesne Works, a productive steel mill that was part of Carnegie Steel Corporation and later part of U.S. Steel, was the heart and soul of Duquesne during its brightest moments in the early 20th century; the city's population peaked in 1930, and deindustrialized beginning in the 1960s. Today a stark postindustrial landscape, Duquesne's residents (7,000) are less numerous than were the city's mill workers in 1948. Petty crimes perpetrated by small-time hoodlums are quite common. According to the McKeesport Daily News, Duquesne has the worst performing schools in the state of Pennsylvaniamarker. Duquesne was designated a financially distressed municipality in 1991 by the state.

Duquesne High School closed in 2007. Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, Duquesne students have reported to West Mifflin Area High School, or East Allegheny High School. Since July 2007, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) has managed all academic and business operations of the Duquesne's K-8 school district.


Duquesne is located at (40.369969, -79.850957) . Duquesne is nestled along the Monongahela River approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of Pittsburghmarker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (10.84%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,332 people, 3,179 households, and 1,853 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,035.0 people per square mile (1,555.4/km²). There were 3,768 housing units at an average density of 2,073.7/sq mi (799.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.92% White, 47.75% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 3,179 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.8% were married couples living together, 27.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 80.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,766, and the median income for a family was $25,898. Males had a median income of $25,046 versus $22,272 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,067. About 31.3% of families and 34.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.9% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.

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