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New Kensington

New Kensington, Pennsylvania

  •   State: 
    Westmoreland County
    New Kensington
      County all: 
    Westmoreland | Allegheny
      County FIPS: 
    42129 | 42003
    40°34′6″N 79°45′30″W
      Area total: 
    4.26 sq mi (11.03 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.95 sq mi (10.23 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.31 sq mi (0.81 km²)
    1,110 ft (338.3 m)
    1891; Incorporated Nov 26, 1892
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,081.79 residents per square mile of area (1,189.84/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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New Kensington is a city in Westmoreland County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is situated along the Allegheny River 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. The population was 13,116 at the 2010 Census. In 1941, New Kensington became the site of a modern workers' housing projectnamed the Aluminum City Terraced. It was designed by Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, who ascribed to the famous Bauhaus School of Design in Germany. The city annexed the independent borough of Parnassus in 1939. It has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) climate, with cold, snowy winters, and warm to hot summers. The area was a hunting ground for Native Americans of the Six Nations. Continental army troops built Fort Crawford, near the mouth of Pucketa Creek, in 1777. The fort was abandoned in 1793. In 1890, the Burrell Improvement Company considered the advantages of the level land south of its home in Lower Burrell, and deemed it a prime location for a city and named the area "Kensington" for postal reasons, to avoid confusion with the Philadelphia neighborhood of the same name. The first large company was the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, which later became Alcoa, which acquired a 3.5-acre (14,000 m2) property that allowed the company to utilize the riverfront. Eventually, other companies such as Adams Drilling, Goldsmith and Lowerburg, New. Kensington Milling, Logan Lumber, Keystone Dairy, and many more were built late in the 19th century.


New Kensington is the primary city name, but also Arnold, Barking, Lower Burrell, New Kensingtn, Parnassus are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is New Kensington, Pennsylvania. The city of New Kensington was founded in 1891. The name was changed to avoid confusion with the city of the same name. The city was once home to the Six Nations. It is now home to a number of historic buildings, including a Roman Catholic church. It was also the site of the first U.S. Air Force base, which was built in the early 1950s. It has also been the home of the University of Pennsylvania's Alumni Hall of Fame, which dates back to 1875. The U.P. is now the home to an array of museums and galleries, including the National Museum of American History and the Museum of Science and Industry, which is located in the heart of the city. The University of Pittsburgh's Alumnus College of Art and Design is also based in the city, and was established in 1881. The university is one of the oldest colleges in the United States, having been founded in 1776. It's located on the banks of the Allegheny River, which runs through the city's central business district. The town's name comes from the word "Kensington", which means "kensington" or "knee" in English, and "kennington" means "home" in the local dialect. The word kennington is also used to refer to an area of Pennsylvania that was once part of the state, but is now part of New Jersey. It also refers to the state of Pennsylvania, where the city is located.


New Kensington has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) climate, with cold, snowy winters, and warm to hot summers. New Kensington is located on the edge of the Somerset Levels. The town has a population of around 2,000 people. It is located in the Somerset Dales region of the Dales, which is part of the South West England region of England. The city has a history of being heavily affected by the English Channel. It also has a reputation for being a good place to live. The population of the town is about 2,200 people, with the majority living in the Kensington area. It has a climate that is humid continental in nature, with warm winters and warm summers. The area has a high percentage of people who live in the south east of England, and a low percentage in the north. The climate is very hot and humid in the summer, with hot summers and cold winters. The temperature can reach as high as 40 °C (100 °F) in some areas. The average annual temperature in the city is around 30 C (6 °D). The town is located near the Somerset Peaks, which have a high elevation of 4,000 ft (1,100 m) above sea level. The region has a long history of heavy rainfall, with an average of 1,200 mm (70 in) in the year. The weather is very warm in the summers, with temperatures reaching up to 40 degree C.


As of the census of 2000, there were 14,701 people, 6,519 households, and 3,963 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,703.9 people per square mile (1,429.7/km²). There were 7,309 housing units at an average density of 1,841.5 per squaremile (710.8/ km²) The racial makeup of the city was 87.85% White, 9.84% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.58% from two or more races, and 1.37% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population. The city's population was spread out, with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there are 88.4 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over, there there are 83.6 males. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was2.90. the city's median income was $30,505, and the median income for a family was $37,952. The per capita income for the city is $16,152. About 8.5%. of families and 13.7%. of the residents were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18.

Infrastructure and organizations

New Kensington maintains its own public works, fire department, police force, emergency rescue team, and water authority. Recreational facilities operated by the city include Memorial and Masa Harbison parks. Public transportation is provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and Westmoreland County Transit Authority. There are over thirty churches representing several denominations throughout the city. Two radio stations, WMNY and WBZZ, are both licensed to New Kensington, and serve the Pittsburgh radio media market. Since the 1970s, the city's downtown has been plagued by high vacancy rates. Starting in 2008, the New. Kensington Redevelopment Authority moved to condemn and demolish abandoned commercial and. residential properties. The city has also instituted a Weed and Seed urban renewal program, and provided tax abatement to businesses located or opened in designated Keystone Opportunity. Zones. The Westmorelands County Housing Authority administers the Kensington Manor, East Ken Manor, and Valley Manor public housing projects within the city limits. There is a public library in the city, which is run by the People's Library of Newkensington. It offers public library services for children, adults, and the elderly. It also has a children's center, which offers children's activities, such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, and vocabulary. It is also home to a youth center, where children can learn about the history and culture of the area. The library also offers adult services such as computer literacy, spelling, and grammar.


The city is served by the New KensingtonArnold School District, with facilities at Valley High School, Valley Middle School, H. D. Berkey Intermediate School; and Greenwald Memorial, Fort Crawford, and Martin elementary schools. Budget shortfalls forced the closure of Greenwald Memorial and Fort Crawford in 2015. Parochial schools include Mary Queen of Apostles and Harvest Baptist Academy (K12). Former Catholic parochial school, now consolidated, include: Mount St. Peter, St. Mary, and St. Joseph. A branch campus of Pennsylvania State University was established in the city in 1958. Since 1966, it has been located in suburban Upper Burrell Township, but retains the name Penn State Newkensington. In 2008, a satellite campus of Westmoreland County Community College opened in downtown New KensINGTON. The city is home to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, which runs through the end of the year. It is also the home of the Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, which plays a variety of different musical styles. It has also been home to a number of professional sports teams, including the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York City Marathon was held in the town in 2010 and 2011. It was the first time the city had been a part of the U.S. Grand Prix Series, which took place in the summer of 2010. It also hosted the Pennsylvania State Series in the fall of 2010 and the Pennsylvania Winter Games in the spring of 2011.

Usage in popular culture

New Kensington is featured in P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation" music video. The city was also one of the filming locations for the movie Dogma, starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The PA 56 Arnold directional sign is visible as the car in the video travels eastbound over the 9th Street Bridge (C.L. Schmitt Bridge) The city is also featured in the TV series "Dancing with the Stars" and in the film "The Lego Movie" The city has been the subject of a number of books, including "The LEGO Movie: The Movie" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox: The Lego Movie", which was based on the book by the same name. It has also been the site of the television series "American Horror Story" and the movie "Dumb and Dumber to Die in New Kensington", which were both filmed in the city in the 1980s and 1990s. It was also the location for the TV show "American Idol" in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the city was known as "Kensington" It is now known as the "City of Kensington" or "The Kensington neighborhood" in New York City. It is located on the East River, which was once part of the East Coast of the U.S. and is now part of New York State. It also has the name of a neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, where it was once called "The Bronx".

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in New Kensington, 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 New Kensington = 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 524,943 individuals with a median age of 44.6 age the population dropped by -8.48% in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,081.79 residents per square mile of area (1,189.84/km²). There are average 2.19 people per household in the 6,114 households with an average household income of $36,414 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 New Kensington per 100,000 population = 165.9.


The annual rainfall in New Kensington = 39.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 21.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 143. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 164. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.8 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 New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 54.08%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 60 years with median home cost = $90,490 and home appreciation of 3.53%. 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 $5,313 per student. There are 14.5 students for each teacher in the school, 1177 students for each Librarian and 785 students for each Counselor. 8.53% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.63% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.14% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • New Kensington's population in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania of 4,665 residents in 1900 has increased 112,53-fold to 524,943 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.52% female residents and 47.48% male residents live in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 48.19% are single population.

  • 29.8 minutes is the average time that residents in New Kensington 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.

    76.03% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.24% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 4.62% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.34% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 54.08% are owner-occupied homes, another 32.37% are rented apartments, and the remaining 13.55% are vacant.

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

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