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Sewickley is a borough in Allegheny Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, west northwest of Pittsburghmarker along the Ohio River. It is a residential suburb of Pittsburgh. The population was 3,902 at the 2000 census. The Sewickley Bridge crosses the Ohio River at Sewickley.


Sewickley is thought to be a Native American word meaning "sweet water." Historians dispute if Native Americans were referring to the Ohio River as the "sweet water" or instead to the syrup derived from a local abundance of maple trees.


Sewickley is located at (40.539035, -80.180701).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.5 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (11.11%) is water.

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods

Edgeworthmarker, Osbornemarker, Sewickley Heightsmarker, Sewickley Hillsmarker,fair oaks, Aleppo Townshipmarker, Leetsdalemarker, Bell Acresmarker, and Glenfieldmarker.

Sewickley sits across the Ohio River from Moon Townshipmarker and Coraopolismarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,902 people, 1,891 households, and 1,000 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,071.2 people per square mile (1,569.3/km2). There were 2,037 housing units at an average density of 2,125.3/sq mi (819.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 88.21% White, 9.64% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 1,891 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.1% were non-families. 43.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,598, and the median income for a family was $56,500. Males had a median income of $48,988 versus $33,311 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,571. About 2.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Within the borough

There are several private schools in the area; Sewickley Academymarker, St. James Catholic School and Eden Christian Academy. The public school system, Quaker Valley School District, is renowned for an innovative laptop-technology grant received in 2000 from former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge. Quaker Valley School District is often regarded as one of the best and academically top-ranked school districts in the nation. In the spring of 2006, U.S.News & World Report ranked Quaker Valley High School among the top 2% of high schools nationwide.

Sewickley is also home to Sewickley Valley Hospital, which is part of the Heritage Valley Health System.

Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux, as well as current Penguins stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar, and retired Pittsburgh Steeler legend Franco Harris live in Sewickley (Lynn Swann is often thought to be a Sewickley resident, but he actually lives in the neighboring borough of Sewickley Heightsmarker). Actor and former MTV VJ Dan Cortese and longtime NFL head coach legend Chuck Noll lived here, as well as former Penguins goalie Tom Barrasso. Musician William Fitzsimmons also hails from the borough.

Parts of the movies Houseguest and The Mothman Prophecies were filmed in the Sewickley area. Houseguest in particular was filmed in many locations on Sewickley's main streets, Broad Street and Beaver Street. The Breugger's Bagels on Beaver Street was transformed into a McDonald's during shooting.

See also


  1. What's in a Name?, Article about the origins of the word "Sewickley". Apr 14, 2004.

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