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Tarentum is a borough in Allegheny Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker, 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Pittsburghmarker, along the Allegheny River. Formerly an industrial center, plate glass and bottles were made here. Other products were bricks, lumber, steel and iron novelties, steel billets and sheets, sack and wrapping paper, etc. The Pennsylvania Railroad had a station in Tarentum; its rail line ran through the town. In 1900, 5,472 people lived here; in 1910, 7,414 people lived here; and in 1940, 9,846 people lived in Tarentum. The population was 4,993 at the 2000 census. The borough is located within the Highlands School District.

Geography

Tarentum is located at (40.603042, -79.755447).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (12.06%) is water.

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  • Bull Creek joins the Allegheny River at Tarentum.




Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,993 people, 2,170 households, and 1,306 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,011.0 people per square mile (1,554.7/km²). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 2,053.3/sq mi (795.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.79% White, 3.65% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 2,170 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% 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 2.92.

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The towboat Annette G is pushing a dredger crane barge just upstream from the George D.
Stuart Bridge (commonly called the Tarentum Bridge)


In the borough the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,895, and the median income for a family was $32,042. Males had a median income of $28,578 versus $21,891 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,671. About 12.1% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

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