Washington (Pennsylvania)

Washington County


Washington is a city in the west of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the Prefecture of Washington County. The city has 15,268 inhabitants ( 2000).


Washington is located at 40 ° 10'30 " north latitude and 80 ° 15'02 " west longitude. The city covers an area of ​​9 km ².

In Washington, Interstate 70, Interstate 79, and U.S. Highways 19 and 40 as well as a number of regional roads meet together.

About Interstate 79 there are in the city of Pittsburgh 49 km in a north-easterly direction. Columbus in the neighboring state of Ohio can be reached via Interstate 70 by 253 km in a westerly direction.

Demographic data

In the census of 2000 a population of 15,268 was determined. These distributed to 6,259 households in 3,486 families. The population density was 2005.1 / km ². There were 7,111 buildings, which corresponds to a site density of 933.9 / km ².

The population was in 2000 from 81.88 % White, 14.60% Black or African American, 0.15 % Native Americans, 0.45 % Asian, and 0.63% other. 2.29 % said to be descended from at least two of these groups. 0.94 % of the population were Hispanics who belonged to the various of the aforementioned groups.

21.2% were under 18, 13.2 % from 18 to 24, 28.0% 25-44, 20.9% from 45 to 64 and 16.7 % 65 and older. The average age was 36 years. For every 100 females were statistically 88.3 men in the over 18 -year-olds 84.6.

The average income per household was $ 25,764, the average family income is $ 34.862. Men's income averaged $ 29,977, and for women about $ 22,374. The per capita income amounted to $ 14,818. Around 20.7 % of families and 16.4 % of the total population were income below the poverty line.


Indians of the tribe of the Lenni Lenape under her HäuptlingTangoogua (of the White Catfish - Catfish dt - called ) talked once on the territory of today's a settlement.

Once in the middle of the 18th century French were the first white men in the area, came around 1768 many settlers from Scotland and the northern part of Ireland, and the Virginia Colony to settle permanently.

The General Assembly of Pennsylvania decided in March 1781 to found the Washington County (in honor of George Washington) and to make the previously called Catfish Camp settlement to their headquarters.

1791, the city was the center of the Whiskey Rebellion, one of the first uprisings against the government of the newly formed United States. The resistance was directed against the new tax levied on alcoholic beverages.

In 1810, the city officially to the self-governing city ( Borough ) was raised in 1924 to the city of the third class (City of third class ).

In 1903 a tramway was built that connected Washington with Canonsburg and in 1909 integrated into the Regional tramway system of the Pittsburgh Railways. The line was closed in August 1953. A small part of the track and some cars are still in Pennsylvania Trolley Museum preserved in the north of the city.

Education, Culture and Sport

In the city center, the Washington & Jefferson College is a small private college founded in 1781 with approximately 1,500 students.

Off The Wall Productions is a professional theater company founded in 2007 that lists October to May plays and musicals.

The Washington Symphony Orchestra, founded in 2002, is an annual four to five concerts.

The Washington Wild Things are a minor league baseball team that plays its games at CONSOL Energy Park. The team plays in the Frontier League one of the lower professional baseball leagues.

Not far from the baseball stadium is located the headquarters of the organization PONY Baseball and Softball, which campaigns for the promotion of young talent for these sports.