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City of Greensburg

  •   State: 
    Westmoreland County
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    40°17′52″N 79°32′32″W
      Area total: 
    4.05 sq mi (10.50 km²)
      Area land: 
    4.05 sq mi (10.50 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    1,017 ft (310 m)
    1799; Incorporated February 9, 1799
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,693.22 residents per square mile of area (1,425.80/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Greensburg is a city in and the county seat of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and a part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The city is named after Nathanael Greene, a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. The population was 14,976 at the 2020 census. In 2007, Greensburg was ranked as one of the "Best Places to Retire" in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. It is a major business, academic, tourism, and cultural center in Western Pennsylvania and is home to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Greensburg's first log school was located at St. Clair Park, which was originally the site of a cemetery. It was formally incorporated as a borough on February 9, 1799, making it the first borough in the county. The first courthouse and jail were a single building, built of logs and heavy plank. The jail portion had a heavy stone wall that extended some distance above the ground, "perhaps to keep prisoners from cutting their way out". Court was first held in this structure on January 7, 1787. The City of Greensburg became a City of the Third Class on January 2, 1928. After World War II, more residential areas were developed in various sections of town. After the discovery of large areas of soft coal nearby made it the center of a vigorous mining industry in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The opening of Greengate Mall and West moreland Mall in 1965 and 1977 marked a new era for retail shopping in the area.


After the end of the Revolutionary War, an inn was built along a wagon trail that stretched from Philadelphia west over the Appalachian Mountains to Fort Pitt. A tiny settlement known as Newtown grew around the inn, today the center of Greensburg's Business District at the intersection of Pittsburgh and Main Streets. The Westmoreland County Courthouse, in its various incarnations, has stood on this site ever since. Greensburg was formally incorporated as a borough on February 9, 1799, making it the first borough in the county. After 1850, Greensburg became a growing county seat with inns and small businesses. After World War II, more residential areas were developed in various sections of town. In July 2009, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the largest medical school in the country, opened a satellite campus at Seton Hill University. As part of this ongoing transition, an expansion of the West moreland Museum of American Art was completed in 2015. The city is home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensberg. The first log schoolhouse was located at the site of St. Clair Park. When the borough banned cemeteries, St. Claire's cemetery was moved to its current location, just east of town, and most, but not all, of the graves were moved to other area cemetersies upon its redevelopment. Mt. Odin Park was originally the estate of Dr. Frank Cowan, attorney, physician, author and former Secretary to President Andrew Johnson. Dr. Cowan willed his land used for recreational purposes to Greensburg.

Neighborhoods and wards

Bunker Hill, now Fifth Ward, was merged into Greensburg in 1894. The name originated because of fights at the rowdy Bushfield Tavern in the early 1840s to mid-19th century that were compared to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Second Ward, located north of Downtown Greensburg, is the largest ward and includes the neighborhoods of Saybrook Village, Evergreen Hill, New Salem Acres, Country Club Meadows, Northmont, Devonshire Heights, Rose Fountain Farms, and Academy Hill. Two neighborhoods have been designated as U.S. historic districts, the Greensburg Downtown Historic District and the Academy Hill Historic District. Every year it has become a tradition for the firehall in the Eighth Ward to throw a carnival which includes bingo, amusement rides, and of course the famous Shuey Burgers. Other Greensburg neighborhoods include Eastern Estates, Underwood, Shogan, and Hillcrest. The city of Greensburg is currently composed of eight wards, most of which were formerly boroughs and are divided into several neighborhoods. In 1905, Greensburg absorbed three adjacent boroughs, including Ludwick, now Sixth Ward, which was named for Ludwick Otterman, an early settler for whom the street is also named, as well as East Greensburg and Southeast Greensburg (Eighth Ward). South Maple Avenue was originally named Kinderhook (Third Ward). First Ward features Chestnut Hill and ShueY Plan and is also home to Seton Hill University.


As of the census of 2000, there were 15,889 people, 7,144 households, and 3,922 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,746.1 people per square mile (1,446.9/km²). There were 7,734 housing units at an average density of 1,823.4 per squaremile (704.3/ km²) The racial makeup of the city was 93.43% White, 3.91% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.47% from two or more races, and 1.38% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population. The median income for a household in theCity was $30,324, and $41,112 for a family. The per capita income for the City was $18,312. About 10.8% of families and 13.6% of people were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 11.9% ofThose age 65 or over. The city is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is located near the border of the state of New Mexico. It is the only city in New Mexico that is not located in the National Forest. The U.N. State Department has a consulate in the City of Elkhart, where it is possible to obtain a visa to enter the United States.

Government and politics

Greensburg is home to the 14th Quartermaster Detachment, a United States Army Reserve unit. The unit took the heaviest casualties of any Coalition unit during the Gulf War when an Iraqi missile hit a US Army barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on February 25, 1991. According to local historians, it was also the site of the 1854 National Republican Party convention the first convention of the Grand Old Republican Party, despite Pittsburgh's claims. Greensburg has hosted its share of prominent politicians over the years, including a July 1994 visit from then-President Bill Clinton, former Democratic candidate John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards in July 2004 and Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in March 2008 and Joe Biden in September 2020. The city is governed by a Democratic mayor and a four-member City Council. The mayor and the City Council members serve four-year terms. The seat of government is the Greensburg City Hall, which is located just outside the main City. There is also a National Guard Armory just outside of the city, which was built in the 1950s to house the U.S. Army Reserve. The 14th quartermaster unit suffered a casualty rate of 81%, including 13 killed in the 1991 Gulf War. A memorial was constructed at the city's US Army Reserve Center to honor the unit's personnel. It is also the home of the US Army's 14th Army Air National Guard, which suffered an 81% casualty rate in 1991 and lost 13 members.


Greensburg is the county seat of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The city once boasted four major department stores: JCPenney, Royers, Sears and its largest department store, Troutman's. Greengate Mall is currently the largest shopping complex in the Greensburg area. The area is home to two large prisons, the West moreland County Prison and the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg, both in Hempfield Township. The opening of the seven-story State Office Building on North Main Street, the completion of the four-story addition to the Courthouse Square Extension, and the Performing Arts Center of Seton Hill University are expected to add new jobs to the city and attract more visitors. With over 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2) of retail space and growing, Greensburg is considered the commercial center of the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania as well as one of the largest retail markets in Western Pennsylvania. Housing growth continues on the city's northern end, with the Saybrook Village and Evergreen Hill plans. Light to moderate industry and service industries thrive in the Greater Greensberg area. Several industrial parks are primarily located outside the city limits. In addition, two major corporations are headquartered in the city: Excela Health and the Tribune-Review. In the late 1970s, several local stores, including troutman's, the city’s major department store, closed. The downtown area eventually rebounded as the city became a center for service industries, professional offices, and banking.


The Greater Greensburg area contains two public school districts. Seton Hill University and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg are located in the area. Greensburg Central Catholic High School and Aquinas Academy are both private Catholic schools. The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library serves the City of Greensburg and Hempfield Township. The branches of Carlow University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Triangle Tech are located within the Greater Greensberg area. The area is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, which is based in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It is also the home of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, which has a base in the nearby town of Westmoreland. It also has a branch in the town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which serves the nearby communities of Youngwood, Latrobe and Latrobe. The U.N. Peace Corps has a training center in the city of Greensberg, which was founded by the Sisters of Charity in the 1880s. The city is also home to a number of non-profit organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Council of Teachers of English. It has a chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, which dates back to the 1920s. It was founded as a women's college, but became a coeducational university in 2002. The town is also host to the Pennsylvania Center for the Performing Arts, a performing arts center that was founded in the 1970s. In the early 1990s, the city was the site of the opening of the Pittsburgh Opera House, which opened in 1998.

Arts and culture

Greensburg is a major cultural center in Western Pennsylvania. It is the home of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, which specializes in American Art. The Performance Arts Center of Seton Hill University opened its doors to the public in September 2009. A hands-on science center, to feature a wide range of interactive exhibits, was proposed for the former Mellon Bank building downtown. However, it has since been put on hold indefinitely. Greensburg is home to a great deal of interesting architecture, including many historic and large homes and many old churches and cathedrals. The inner city has many small 1950s-style shops and restaurants. The national headquarters of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity is in Greensburg. The local radio stations include 103.1 WKVE (album-oriented rock), 103.9 WK HB-FM (adult contemporary), 97.5 770 WKFB (oldies), and 92.3 620 WKHB (variety-including: talk, classic hits, ethnic, and ministry) WHJB (classic hits) also serves the Greensburg area with 107.1 WHJB-FM when it was a sister station to 620 W KKHB. WHJB was the first radio station, broadcasting and actually transmitting (during its early years) with a roof-mounted antenna system from the Penn Albert Hotel in downtown Greensburg but modifying the call sign to WKBB circa 2000. The Westmorelands Cultural Trust has played a major role in the revitalization of Downtown Greensburg in recent years.

Professional sports

From 1890 until 1900, Greensburg was the home of the Greensburg Athletic Association, one of the earliest professional football teams. The team included several of the era's top players, such as: Charlie Atherton, George Barclay, Ross Fiscus, Jack Gass, Arthur McFarland, Charles Rinehart, Isaac Seneca and Adam Martin Wyant. The Greensburg Red Wings, a Class D Minor League Baseball team was affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers and Washington Senators from 1934 until 1939. Adam Wyant made history by becoming the first professional football player to be elected to the United States Congress. In 1907, the team fielded the Greensberg Red Sox, a Minor League baseball team in the Class D Western Pennsylvania League that played for one season in 1907. By 1937 the team was renamed the Greensburgh Green Sox and finally the Greenssburg Senators in 1939. In 1934, theteam was founded as the greensburg Trojans. A year later, they took on the Red Wings moniker. By 1939, they were renamed the Green Sox, and then Greensburg Senators, and they played until the end of the season in 1940. In 1951, they played a season-long game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were the first team to play in the National Football League. They also played in the American Football League in 1951 and 1952. In 1953, they joined the National Basketball League. In 1956, they became the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1957, the Steelers became the first pro football team in Pittsburgh.


Greensburg is a small city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The city is home to the restored Greensburg Train Station. The Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. Route 30 expressway bypass the city to the south and the north to the west. The Five Star Trail is a bike-friendly route through the city. Greyhound Lines runs regularly scheduled bus service to and from Greensburg from many hubs, including Pittsburgh, Chicago, and New York City. Air service is available at the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport east of Greensburg in nearby Latrobe. It also has Amtrak rail service at the restored Train Station, as well as freight rail operator Norfolk Southern and an independent shortline railroad connecting coal mines and businesses located south of the city with the Norfolk Southern line just west of Greensberg. It is also the home of Lynch Field, which is a major hub for air travel in the area, as is the airport at Latrobe, which has its own regional airport for the Pittsburgh area and the Westmorelands County Airport in the east of the county. It has a population of about 2,000 people, making it one of the smallest cities in the United States to have a population over 1,000 in that age bracket. It was the site of the U.N. World Health Organization's first climate change conference in 2007. It hosted a conference on climate change in 2008. It will host a second conference in 2010. It's the first time the city has hosted such a conference in more than a decade.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania = 24.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 80. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Greensburg = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,240 individuals with a median age of 41.6 age the population dropped by -3.63% in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,693.22 residents per square mile of area (1,425.80/km²). There are average 2.06 people per household in the 6,967 households with an average household income of $37,583 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.90% of the available work force and has dropped -4.28% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.54%. The number of physicians in Greensburg per 100,000 population = 165.9.


The annual rainfall in Greensburg = 38.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 26.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 132. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 163. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 17.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 50, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 47.10%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 57 years with median home cost = $118,700 and home appreciation of 1.23%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $15.29 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,566 per student. There are 16.6 students for each teacher in the school, 653 students for each Librarian and 426 students for each Counselor. 6.92% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 18.86% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.28% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Greensburg's population in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania of 6,508 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,34-fold to 2,240 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 54.84% female residents and 45.16% male residents live in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 51.43% are single population.

  • 23 minutes is the average time that residents in Greensburg require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.70% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.22% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.25% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.92% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 47.10% are owner-occupied homes, another 43.13% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.77% are vacant.

  • The 61.12% of the population in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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