Living in Allegheny County

Each week, a new “Top 10” list comes out with our name on it. This is no surprise for those of us who call Allegheny County and Pittsburgh home. Our region has activities and opportunities for everyone. Those things don’t come without work and Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) is proud to have played a part in ensuring those assets in our community.


Cost of living is an important factor in our success. Allegheny County regularly partners with developers and builders to make housing affordable and available to all. Earlier this year, the New York Times recognized that effort when our area was named as one of five in which the cost of owning a home – including mortgage payments, taxes and insurance – is less than $1,000 a month. Consider that the cost of living is 11% lower than average, and paychecks just go further here.


Forty years ago, our region struggled to deal with the loss of a significant portion of the steel industry. We still manufacture steel here, but we also boast employment sectors in education, medical, banking and investment, technology and innovation, energy, arts and culture, tourism and more. Each of these industries contributes to the economy and provides career opportunities.


In our municipalities, ACED’s Allegheny Together program assists main street commercial hubs. Through the program, more than 550 businesses have opened and financing assistance has been provided for nearly 2,100 existing establishments. In response, these businesses have added more than 3,200 jobs paying over $4 million annually in wages.


Allegheny County is home to dozens of schools, colleges and universities. The Community College of Allegheny County is a shining jewel for our community. Boasting an expert faculty, a learning-centered environment, an affordable education and convenient locations, the college focuses on the region’s workforce development, working with companies to provide students with the education and skills needed to grow and compete in today’s changing economy.


smartasset named Pittsburgh the 2nd best city for college grads in its 2016 edition. We continue to attract the world’s best minds. Young men and women have opportunity and a path here. Whether they grew up here or are immigrants or international visitors who have chosen Allegheny County as their home, we welcome them all. Our diverse population allows for different viewpoints and ways of life to be expressed. We learn from one another and value the characteristics that make each of us unique.


The health and well-being of our community is important. Stakeholders throughout the county are part of our Live Well Allegheny campaign focused on creating America’s healthiest county. ACED continues to partner in developing the Sports Legacy Site, a nontraditional venue with multiple sports fields including soccer, rugby and lacrosse. Our Allegheny Grows program converts often vacant land to volunteer-tended gardens that yield fruit and vegetables for distribution to communities and food pantries. And, of course, we have world-renowned hospital systems that call our region home.


We talk with businesses that wish to expand or locate in our region on a weekly basis. What we hear from them is that one of the most important features that they’re looking for is an exceptional quality of life that they can offer their employees. Our region delivers.


Our cultural districts offer musical acts, symphony concerts, opera and ballet, touring Broadway shows, contemporary dance, visual arts, theaters, galleries, and public art environments. We’re also home to an unending list of museums, art venues, historical sites and more.


smartasset says Pittsburgh is the 4th best city for foodies, noting “Pittsburgh is climbing the culinary charts.” Dozens of restaurants are opening each and every month, with more and more exciting restaurants on the horizon. And don’t forget to check out our bakeries and ice cream parlors. Our region is simply mouth-watering.


And did we mention that we have a few sports teams? We bleed black and gold here, and have a few championships to boast about too.


Getting around is easy. The percentage of people who walk or take public transportation in Pittsburgh is 92% higher than the average for other cities. Walkable and bikeable trails can be found throughout the region, including the Great Allegheny Passage, a nearly flat 150-mile bicycle and walking trail that connects to Cumberland, Maryland and, from there, to Washington D.C. The Port Authority provides bus and light rail service in the county and the Pittsburgh International Airport was named Airport of the Year in 2017, the first-ever American city to be recognized by the Air Transport World Magazine.


If it’s not obvious, Allegheny County has plenty of things which we can be proud of!  Through hard work, strong partnerships, vibrant communities, and engaged residents, our region will continue to grow and prosper. Won’t you join us to experience what we already know?

Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County Chief Executive



  • 2015 Population: 1,230,459
  • Total Number of Municipalities: 130
  • County Seat: Pittsburgh Pop: 304,391
  • Land Area (sq. mi.): 730
  • 2015 Population Density (people per mile): 1,685.5
  • 2015 Total number of employers: 35,337
  • 2015 Total jobs in county: 685,500
  • 2015 Total labor force: 647,800
  • 2015 Total employed residents: 616,600
  • 2014 Earnings per job (mean): $65,529
    2014 Median household income: $52,390
    2014 Persons below the poverty line: 12.9%
  • 2014 – 2015 Public High School Graduates: 10,798
    Post-secondary placement rate: 80.6%
  • 2014 Population 25 and over: 871,950
    – with high school degree or higher: 93.4%
    with bachelor’s degree or higher: 36.9%

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, PA Department of Education, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Largest Municipality:

Pittsburgh: Pop 304,391

Additional Municipalities:

Bethel Park



Mt. Lebanon

Penn Hills

Plum Borough

Ross Township




Economic Development Contact:

Robert Hurley, Executive Director
Allegheny County Economic Development
One Chatham Center
112 Washington Place, Suite 900
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412.350.1000
Fax: 412.471.1032

County Chief Executive:

The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County
101 County Courthouse
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412.350.6500
Fax: 412.350.6512

Top Private Employers

Employer: UPMC Health System
Product(s): Health Care and Insurance
Employees: 46,500

Highmark Health
Product(s): Health Care and Insurance
Employees: 20,000

University of Pittsburgh
Product(s): Higher Education
Employees: 12,000

PNC Financial Services Group.
Product(s): Financial Services
Employees: 10,000

Giant Eagle
Product(s): Retail
Employees: 7,000

BNY Mellon Corp.
Product(s): Financial Services
Employees: 6,800

Carnegie Mellon University
Product(s): Higher Education
Employees: 4,750

U.S. Steel Corporation
Product(s): Steel Manufacturing
Employees: 4,200

FedEx Corp.
Product(s): Transportation
Employees: 4,000

Verizon Communications, Inc.
Product(s): Telecommunications
Employees: 3,300

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times Book of Lists, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Updated: 7.27.2016

Living in Beaver County

Boasting the motto, “Divided by its Rivers, United by its People,” Beaver County, Pennsylvania, is a place where history, culture, nature, and a passion for sports combine to truly capture the best of everything that life has to offer.



Located northwest of Pittsburgh amidst a countryside backdrop of rolling hills, hardwood forests, and rivers and streams, Beaver County’s population of 167,429 people live and celebrate old world European cultures and traditions while easily enjoying the amenities and facilities found nearby in the city.


Here you can: take a nostalgic trip through the history of air travel at the Air Heritage Museum – the only air museum between Dayton, Ohio and Washington, D.C.; feel the speed, beauty and excitement of summer polo matches in Darlington or car races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum; enjoy world class Broadway-style shows and other local entertainment at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center; step back in time with the Harmony Society at Old Economy Village, a national historic landmark located in Ambridge; or visit the birthplace towns of Football Hall of Fame greats Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka and Joe Namath, Major League Baseball player and manager Terry Francona, and legendary composer Henry Mancini.


Blessed with a plethora of historical and heritage sites, Beaver County also boasts dozens of cultural events and ethnic festivals held throughout the year. In addition, residents and visitors alike can savor award-winning restaurants, sample local and regional cuisine, and take part in ample opportunities for antique shopping, museum touring, concert going, and more.


For those who love the outdoors, Beaver County still does not disappoint. Much of the county is abundant in open space, parks, and scenic vistas. The home to three state parks and seven public golf courses, the number and variety of activities are sure to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast any season of the year. Bradys Run Park in Beaver Falls is the largest park at 2,000 acres.


The predominate feature of Beaver County is the Ohio River, which enters from the southeast and flows to the center of the county before turning southwest and exiting the state to form the boundary between Ohio and West Virginia – ideal for fishing, boating, water sports, and swimming.


Consisting of 14 public school districts, a county-wide career and technology center, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, the headquarters for Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, the Community College of Beaver County, the Beaver Campus of Penn State University, and Geneva College, Beaver County provides its residents with extensive educational programs and facilities with which to pursue both their personal and professional goals. A new Beaver Area Higher Education Consortium comprised of local colleges and universities, and a Quality Education Council consisting of K-12 and postsecondary educational leaders in partnership with business and industry, are creating innovative learning projects, including career and educational ladders of opportunity for residents of both the county and region.


Beaver County is served by Heritage Valley Health System at the Beaver Medical Center, which is a teaching hospital, and at Heritage Valley Sewickley.


Beaver County offers some of the most affordable housing prices in the region ranging from trendy, upscale housing plans to picturesque neighborhoods, turn-of-the century Victorian properties, and peaceful, rural retreats. By supporting a primarily suburban, bedroom atmosphere, much of the residential life takes place in single-family homes situated on spacious lots, and many of the older river communities are being transformed into pedestrian-friendly environments reminiscent of the friendly hometowns and communities of what was once small town America. With close proximity to the Pittsburgh area, many residents opt to live in the county and then commute to Downtown for work. Once dominated by steel mills, Beaver County is now experiencing a time of renaissance and rebirth as newer manufacturing and service industries are locating in the area. The county’s top employers currently include the healthcare, education, energy, and manufacturing industries, and Royal Dutch Shell’s $6 billion investment into building an ethane cracker plant in Center Township is creating the kind of transformational opportunity that hasn’t been glimpsed in this region for generations. Shell’s decision to build its new world-class operation in the heart of Beaver County speaks to the appeal of Beaver County as a strong community, and reflects its heritage as an ideal place to live, play, work, and learn.


Dr. Chris Reber
President, Community College of Beaver County



  • 2015 Population: 168,871
  • Total Number of Municipalities: 53
  • County Seat: Beaver Pop: 4,420
  • Land Area (sq. mi.): 434
  • 2015 Population Density (people per mile): 389.1
  • 2015 Total number of employers: 3,695
  • 2015 Total jobs in county: 52,100
  • 2015 Total labor force: 86,000
  • 2015 Total employed residents: 80,900
  • 2014 Earnings per job (mean): $46,552
    2014 Median household income: $50,292
    2014 Persons below the poverty line: 12.1%
  • 2014 – 2015 Public HighSchool Graduates: 1,698
    Post-secondary placement rate: 73.1%
  • 2014 Population 25 and over: 122,580
    with high school degree or higher: 91.4%
    with bachelor’s degree or higher: 22.6%

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania Health Statistics, PA Department of Education, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Largest Municipality:

Hopewell Township: Pop 12,488

Additional Municipalities:



Beaver Falls

Center Township



Economic Development Contact:

James Palmer, President
Beaver County Corporation for
Economic Development
250 Insurance St., Suite 300
Beaver, PA 15009
Phone: 724.728.8610
Fax: 724.728.3666

Beaver County Board of Commissioners:

The Honorable Sandie Egley, Chair
The Honorable Tony Amadio
The Honorable Daneil C. Camp III
Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third St., Beaver, PA 15009
Phone: 724.728.5700
Fax: 724.728.0725

Top Private Employers

Employer: Heritage Valley Health System
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 2,200

First Energy Corp
Product(s): Electric Power Distribution
Employees: 1,300

 Giant Eagle
Product(s): Retail
Employees: 1,150

Norfolk Southern Corp.
Product(s): Rail Services
Employees: 1,100

Wal-Mart Stores
Product(s): Retail
Employees: 900

Product(s): Manufacturing
Employees: 700

Friendship Ridge
Product(s): Elder Care
Employees: 560

McCarl’s Inc
Product(s): Construction
Employees: 500

Mailing Services of Pittsburgh Inc.
Product(s): Direct Mail
Employees: 500

Geneva College
Product(s): Education
Employees: 427


Source: Pittsburgh Business Time Book of Lists Feb 27,2015, Beaver County CED January 2016, Updated 07.26.2016


Living in Butler County

In the early 1980’s, a decision was made to build an expressway from Pittsburgh to connect with I-79 in the North Hills. Later that decade, I-279 opened and immediately became the gateway to the north.



Suddenly, the commute to Downtown Pittsburgh and all it had to offer (work, shopping, recreation, sporting and cultural events) was reduced to thirty minutes or less. The convergence of I-79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, made travel north, south, east and west easily accessible. Available land, low taxes and managed development has made the area not only a great place to live and work, but also has created the perfect climate for business development. The convenience to one of America’s “Most Livable Cities” spurred rapid economic growth.


The area has something for everyone. Uniquely charming towns, new residential development, a growing business community and farmland, all set on a beautiful landscape. With convenient access to the region, you are just minutes away from professional sporting events, the cultural district, numerous colleges and universities, outstanding public and private schools, shopping, nature, recreation and much more. Top it off with friendly and welcoming residents and you can understand why this area is one of the fastest growing residential and business communities in the state of Pennsylvania.


Accessibility, planning and a sense of community all contribute to the popularity of the area. Residents enjoy a high quality of life. Now, work, shopping, recreation, sporting and cultural events are not only accessible, but part of the community.


Ross Park Mall has served the area for decades and brings a shopping experience that is second to none. With anchor stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, JCPenney’s and Sears added to a mix of 170 popular and unique specialty shops, it has attracted shoppers from all over Western Pennsylvania.


A few miles north, the newly developed McCandless Crossing is an open air lifestyle center. Dining, shopping, housing, recreation and lodging are all offered within this town center style development. It has brought to the area a collection of well-known national names like Trader Joe’s, Bonefish Grill and BJ”s Restaurant and Brewhouse, to name a few, and intermixed them with a number of local favorites. With over 50 businesses in total, it offers variety, convenience and style.


Further north, southern Butler County has seen explosive growth. Since 1990, the population of Cranberry Township has more than doubled. In 2014, there were 30,149 residents. The township projects that by 2025, population will reach 43,400. Similar increases have been reported in neighboring communities. For instance, in the ten years following the 2000 census, Adams Township’s population grew from 6,774 to 11,600. More and more people are discovering the excellent quality of life that the area has to offer.


Businesses have taken notice. Anchored by Westinghouse Electric’s world headquarters, the two aforementioned townships host over 3,200 businesses. Numbers published by Cranberry Township indicate that in 2014, there were 23,700 jobs within its boundaries. By 2030, they are projecting there will be 32,000. The unemployment rate hovers around 3.0 % while the national rate is 5.0%. One of the biggest challenges for the area is finding employees to fill those jobs.


All of this has spurred an abundance of development. The UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry Springs opened in August of 2015 as a world class sports-medicine complex and practice/training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It also provides Cranberry Township and the surrounding area with the opportunity to become a hub for hockey in the eastern United States. In conjunction with other local resources, plans are in the works to bring national and international competition to the area.


But development hasn’t stopped. Cranberry Springs has an additional 90 acres that is being developed. Cranberry Woods, with over 1.8 million square feet of office, hotel, restaurant, retail and residential space has an additional 25 acres of land under construction. Numerous other projects are also in the works.


Residential expansion has kept pace with the commercial side. There are 169 developments in Cranberry Township and Adams Township. According to West Penn Multi-list, the average home price in those areas is $319,916, up 16% from 2010. The average time on the market during that same period has decreased from 64 days to 34 days.


Demand for apartments has also increased. Several new apartment complexes have been built. Rochester Village, Park Place, Chatham Commons and The Haven have added 644 units in the last 3 years.


The area also boasts some of the highest rated school districts in the state. North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, Pine Richland, Mars, North Hills, Hampton and Cardinal Weurl North Catholic make the North Hills an attractive place to raise a family.


All this growth has effected the spiritual community as well. Three of the largest congregations have experienced rapid development. The two Catholic parishes in the Cranberry area, St. Kilian’s and St. Ferdinand’s each have over 12,000 parishioners and host over 3,000 people at their weekend services. Victory Family Church with a nondenominational affiliation moved to their new location in 2006. By 2013, it expanded to roughly double its size and averages over 2,800 attendees at its weekly services.


All in all, the North Hills is a great place to live, work and play.


Jim Boltz
President, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber



  • 2015 Population: 186,818
  • Total Number of Municipalities: 130
  • County Seat: Butler Pop: 13,289
  • Land Area (sq. mi.): 789
  • 2015 Population Densityn (people per mile): 236.8
  • 2015 Total number of employers: 4,983
  • 2015 Total jobs in county: 685,500
  • 2015 Total labor force: 97,600
  • 2015 Total employed residents: 93,200
  • 2014 Earnings per job (mean): $52,638
    2014 Median household income: $59,365
    2014 Persons below the poverty line: 8.9%
  • 2014 – 2015 Public High School Graduates: 1,945
    Post-secondary placement rate: 85.2%
  • 2014 Population 25 and over: 128,305
    with high school degree or higher: 93.2%
    with bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.7%


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania Health Statistics, PA Department of Education, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Largest Municipality:

Cranberry Township: Pop 30,458

Additional Municipalities:

Adams Township

Buffalo Township

Butler City

Butler Township

Center Township

Slippery Rock Township

Economic Development Contact:

Steven Gifford, Executive Director
Community Development Corporation of Butler County
112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102
Butler, PA 16001
Phone: 724.283.1961
Fax: 724.283.3599

Butler County Board of Commissioners:

The Honorable Leslie Osche, Chair
The Honorable Kim Geyer
The Honorable Kevin Boozel
Butler County Government Center Fifth Floor
124 West Diamond St., Butler, PA 16003
Phone: 724.284.5100
Fax: 724.284.5400

Top Private Employers

Employer: Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC
Product(s): Manufacturing
Employees: 3,400

Butler Health System
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 1,900

AK Steel
Product(s): Manufacturing
Employees: 1,400

Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 1,400

Slippery Rock University
Product(s): Higher Education
Employees: 950

Product(s): Windows
Employees: 900

Lutheran Senior Life
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 900

Next Tier Concepts
Product(s): Business Services
Employees: 900

Manheim Pittsburgh
Product(s): Business Services
Employees: 800

MSA Safety
Product(s): Manufacturing
Employees: 800


Source: Pittsburgh Business Time Book of Lists Feb 27, 2015, Bulter County CED January 2016, Updated 07.26.2016


Living in Fayette County

Nestled among the lush rolling hills in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, Fayette County offers our residents and visitor alike a lifestyle that easily combines a superb and serene landscape of mountains, rivers and valleys – with easy access to major metropolitan areas. 


Geography and landscape have played a major role in the shaping of the area. The majestic Allegheny Mountains, part of the Appalachian Chain, comprise nearly a third of the County’s 790 square miles. The ridges westward slopes end in rolling, fertile valleys. The waters and tributaries of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela Rivers define the landscape and provide natural routes to the east and west.


These resources of forest, land and water attracted settlement from the very earliest of times. Native tribes hunted and traveled these mountains and valleys (consider “these lands”). Pre-colonial pioneers came to trade and found a new land of great promise. First colonists and then newly independent American citizens arrived to carve out farms and villages (consider “came here – staking their claim and building farms and villages). With fertile land, transportation resources, and its strategic location, Fayette County first became a crossroads of business and commerce, and then an industrial powerhouse, as its coal and mineral resources were extracted and brought to market, fueling and building the Nation.


Today, that legacy remains. The County’s geographic location and stunning natural beauty, combined with its access to the mid Atlantic metropolitan markets and the urban communities of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland, make it an ideal place to live, work, play and prosper. The region, commonly known as the Laurel Highlands, is located within a 500 miles radius of over one half of the population of the United States and Canada, and offers its residents easy access (between a 3 and 4 hour drive) to major metropolitan resources and amenities. But the lifestyle is still a peaceful one – a place to live comfortably and raise a family, a place to find a quality of life that seems to have vanished from more urban communities.


Nestled among those same rolling hills today, are the new industries that are the dawning of a new era for our townships and municipalities. Natural gas wells and Marcellus Shale sites that are reaching deep below the surface to new mineral deposits, dot the landscape. Each well that is planned, organized and drilled brings with it the opportunity to enhance a growing business community, welcome new residents and provide good, family–sustaining jobs for our residents now and long into the future.


One of the newest Marcellus related companies that has recently established permanent roots in Fayette County is Calfrac Well Services. Calfrac has invested over $20 million in the development of a new complex at the Fayette Business Park which will serve as the hub for its tri-state area operations. Selected for its central location in the region, the site currently employees 342 people with an expectation of reaching 1,000 employees or higher in a few years. Calfrac is committed to becoming part of the Fayette County community and hiring local residents.


As a region, Pennsylvania’s southwestern corner has become the center of the Marcellus Shale industry attracting national and international investments. Fayette County boasts of several business parks that are home to companies like Williams, Valerus, GHX, BOS Solutions and many more. With an ever increasing demand for business sites, Fay-Penn, Fayette County’s economic development council, recently announced the construction of a new business park in Dunbar Township. Ground breaking was early 2013 on this new development area that will include 311 acres with some sites having rail access that will connect the companies to northeastern United States and Canada.


Fayette’s business community is growing ever stronger and adapting as necessary to meet the demands and needs of these new industries. Recently, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce surveyed its 600 business members seeking reaction to the reforming economy in Fayette. In overwhelming numbers, the businesses responded in support of the Marcellus industry and gave a good overall view of the business atmosphere throughout the County. Having seen many peaks and valleys in the County’s economy over the last 50 years, it is wonderful to be standing on the precipice of solid, documentable economic growth.


Our businesses continue to stay and grow here for many reasons. One aspect of Fayette County’s offering cannot be understated – it’s recreational, historic and cultural assets and amenities. With easy access to the Great Allegheny Passage – a bike, hike trail that connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. through some of the most breathtaking scenery of our mountains and gorges, opportunity to traverse the Youghiogheny River’s Class III rapids in Ohiopyle State Park, a chance to experience the Frank Lloyd Wright amazing organic architectural designs of Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, step into history and the revolutions that defined this Nation at Fort Necessity National Battlefield and along the Historic National Road or enjoying the amenities at one of the spectacular resorts in the area, like the Five Diamond rated Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Just a taste of what Fayette County has to offer to families that are drawn to it by this new industry.


Even today, when the Marcellus Natural Gas industry stands welcome and ready to move forward as our leading industry, our gently rolling foothills and valleys provide, as they have for centuries, prime commercial, agricultural, and residential land as well as abundant natural resources. The County’s forests, game lands, parks and mountains provide some of the best four-season recreation anywhere in the eastern United States. Our long history and diverse ethnic heritage provide endlessly fascinating stories to uncover and treasure.


Fayette County is a unique and wonderful place because of its geography and history, its people and businesses, and above all, its determination to build for its future. We invite you to visit, and once you are here, you may come to stay. We hope you do.



  • 2015 Population: 133,628
  • Total Number of Municipalities: 43
  • County Seat: Uniontown Pop: 9,990
  • Land Area (sq. mi.): 798
  • 2015 Population Density(people per mile): 167.5
  • 2015 Total number of employers: 2,877
  • 2015 Total jobs in county: 40,000
  • 2015 Total labor force: 58,500
  • 2015 Total employed residents: 54,200
  • 2014 Earnings per job (mean): $40,884
    2014 Median household income: $38,879
    2014 Persons below the poverty line: 19.0%
  • 2014 – 2015 Public High School Graduates: 1,248
    Post-secondary placement rate: 66.2%
  • 2014 Population 25 and over: 98,000
    with high school degree or higher: 86.1%
    with bachelor’s degree or higher: 13.9%


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania Health Statistics, PA Department of Education, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Largest Municipality:

North Union Township: Pop 12,441

Additional Municipalities:

Belle Vernon




Point Marion


Economic Development Contact:

Bob Shark, Executive Director
Fay-Penn Economic Development Council
1040 Eberly Way, Suite 200
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
Phone: 724.437.7913
Fax: 724.437.7315

Fayette County Board of Commissioners:

The Honorable Vincent A Vicites, Chair
The Honorable Dave Lohr
The Honorable Angela Zimmerlink
Fayette County Courthouse
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: 724.430.1200
Fax: 724.430.1265

Top Private Employers

Employer: Uniontown Hospital
Product(s): Health Services
Employees: 1,200

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Product(s): Resort
Employees: 1,000

Wal-Mart Stores
Product(s): Retail
Employees: 870

Teletech Holdings
Product(s): Call Center
Employees: 550

Lady Luck Casino
Product(s): Recreation
Employees: 420

Highlands Hospital
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 400

Allegheny Energy Service Corp
Product(s): Energy
Employees: 380

CalFrac Well Services
Product(s): Natural Resources
Employees: 340

Brownsville Marine Products
Product(s): Barge Manufacturing
Employees: 320

Sensus USA
Product(s): Advanced Manufacturing
Employees: 300


Source: Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, Updated: 07.26.2016

Living in Washington County

This is an exciting time for my wife Kelly and me as we begin our lives at Washington & Jefferson College and in Washington County. I am thrilled to be here, both as the incoming president of W&J College, and as a citizen who can now enjoy all the fine places and activities southwestern Pennsylvania has to offer.




When a friend called my attention to W&J and asked if he could nominate me for the position of President of the College, my immediate response was yes. The first thing that attracted me is W&J’s reputation as a well-respected liberal arts college with terrific pre-professional programs. The College’s national reputation for excellence is a testament to the talent and dedication of its faculty and staff, as well as the continuing loyalty and generosity of graduates who come from throughout this region and beyond.


Kelly and I are honored and delighted to join this vibrant and celebrated college, which is so integral to Washington County. The College and the community go back together to the very beginning. I take this relationship seriously and will strive to ensure that the college fosters a respectful and mutually supportive relationship with our neighbors. We look forward to partnering with the citizens and leaders of this region.


This area also attracted us because of a personal connection. Kelly can trace part of her ancestry to the earliest pioneers of Washington County, giving us a sense that we truly belong here. We plan to learn as much as we can about our own historical connection to the county, and share that history with our five adult children and two grandchildren.


We would have come to W&J no matter where it was located because this college is where we want to invest ourselves, so we are grateful for the many amenities available in this area, from educational opportunities to family activities and cultural events. This county is home to 14 public school districts, 35 non-public schools and five trade/vocational schools, all of which contributes to the area through every mind they touch.


In addition, we all benefit from wonderful sites such as the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, which restores and preserves antique streetcars like the ones that once provided transportation in the county, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, an archeological site containing artifacts dating back an astonishing 16,000 years. Washington County is also home to 23 beautiful covered bridges, and the LeMoyne House in the City of Washington was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The famous Whiskey Rebellion, which took place in 1791 when David Bradford led a rebellion against the federal excise tax on whiskey, also has origins in Washington and Allegheny counties.


As lovers of the arts, we are drawn to the area’s rich cultural scene, such as the productions of Little Lake Theatre Company and the music of Washington Symphony Orchestra, Festival Chorale, and Jazz Society. We also plan to walk the Montour Trail, and explore the county’s three great parks: Mingo, Cross Creek, and Ten Mile.


Although we haven’t been in the area long, Washington & Jefferson College continually impresses us, as do this area’s storied history and traditions. We’re happy to be part of this story as we work together to build Southwestern Pennsylvania’s bright future.


John C. Knapp, Ph.D.
President and Professor
Washington & Jefferson College



  • 2015 Population: 208,261
  • Total Number of Municipalities: 66
  • County Seat: Washington Pop: 13,500
  • Land Area (sq. mi.): 857
  • 2015 Population Density (people per mile): 243.0
  • 2015 Total number of employers: 5,433
  • 2015 Total jobs in county: 87,200
  • 2015 Total labor force: 106,500
  • 2015 Total employed residents: 100,800
  • 2014 Earnings per job (mean): $59,605
    – 2014 Median household income: $55,323
    – 2014 Persons below the poverty line: 10.5%
  • 2014 – 2015 Public High School Graduates: 2,114
    – Post-secondary placement rate: 74.6%
  • 2014 Population 25 and over: 147,634
    – with high school degree or higher: 90.8%
    – with bachelor’s degree or higher: 26.6%


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania Health Statistics, PA Department of Education, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Largest Municipality:

Peters Township: Pop 22,100

Additional Municipalities:

Cecil Township


Center Township


North Strabane Township

South Strabane Township

Economic Development Contact:

Jeff Kotula, President
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
375 Southpointe Boulevard, Suite 240
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Phone: 724.225.3010
Fax: 724.228.7337

Washington County Board of Commissioners:

The Honorable Lawrence O. Maggi, Chair
The Honorable Harlan G. Shober
The Honorable Diana L. Irey Vaughan
Washington County
100 West Beau Street, Suite 702
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724.228.6724
Fax: 724.228.6965

Top Private Employers

Employer: CONSOL Energy
Product(s): Energy Production
Employees: 1,750

Washington Health System
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 1,700

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Product(s): Entertainment
Employees: 1,350

Monongahela Valley Hospital
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 1,150

California University of Pennsylvania
Product(s): Higher Education
Employees: 900

Crown Castle USA
Product(s): Telecommunications
Employees: 700

Product(s): Software Development
Employees: 500

Campbell Transportation
Product(s): River Transportation
Employees: 500

Product(s): Pharmaceuticals
Employees: 500

Canonsburg General Hospital
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 475


Source: PA Dept. of Labor and Industry, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Updated: 7.28.2016


Living in Westmoreland County

Neatly situated between the active city life of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle and the unlimited recreational outlets of the Laurel Highlands, Westmoreland County is the place to be if you want it all. Find out what over 350,000 of our happy residents already know.




Westmoreland County is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier place to live, learn, work, shop, and play. From the picturesque rolling hills of our rural countryside to the excitement bustling around our livable downtown communities, we’re certain there is a place here for you to call home.


Founded in 1773, Westmoreland County is the eighth largest county in Pennsylvania and was the first county established west of the Allegheny Mountains. It originally incorporated most of Southwestern Pennsylvania including Fayette, Washington, Green and parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Indiana and Armstrong counties. We’re proud of our 1,025 square miles overflowing with beautiful rolling hills, four seasons of gorgeous scenery, lavish lakes and streams, and abundant wildlife.


Today, a number of major highways help you crisscross the undulating topography of Westmoreland County making it possible to travel to all points of the county quickly and easily. The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), I-70, U.S. Routes 30 and 22, and a number of State Routes connect our communities for quick and efficient movement of people and goods to the rest of our region and beyond.


Westmoreland County Transit Authority serves as the key public transportation service traveling in and around Westmoreland County. WCTA is complemented by various taxi services and private passenger lines. If air travel is your preferred mode of transportation, nearby Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, located in Latrobe, is the largest airport in the county and caters to more than 200,000 passengers each year with direct flights to several US cities. Arnold Palmer Regional Airport amenities include short screening lines, fast baggage claim, free parking, a travel agency, automobile rental, and several nearby lodging facilities. If your travel plans are a bit more aggressive, Pittsburgh International Airport is ready to connect you to the world.


It seems as though Westmoreland County was made for raising a family. With great schools, safe neighborhoods, affordable housing and plentiful jobs…what more could you ask for?  The County possesses an excellent array of public schools, private schools and several noteworthy colleges and universities. Plus our active economic and industrial development corporation is always identifying new opportunities for local employers and employees.


Because health and wellbeing is important to us all, Westmoreland County can’t be topped. Consider this…Westmoreland County is home to Excela Health System – one of the state’s most respected county-wide integrated health care providers – and the county offers sites with direct access to both UPMC and Allegheny Health Network – two nationally recognized health care providers. From quick accessible care for routine (and not so routine) ailments to nearby world renowned specialists able to treat the most complicated cases, our part of the world can’t be surpassed when it comes to accessing great healthcare.


Westmoreland County is teeming with things to do. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, located in Greensburg, opened in 1959 and hosts one of the nation’s largest collections and exhibitions of American and southwestern Pennsylvania art. The Westmoreland hosts a number of rotating exhibits throughout the year that include sculptures and paintings from 18th, 19th and 20th century American artists.


Historic Hanna’s Town and Fort Ligonier are two of the county’s most famous historical sites and museums. Both of these sites offer a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage and history through tours, exhibits, and living history events and activities. Westmoreland County is home to a number of other museums and galleries located in various sites around the region.



If you’d rather catch a show, we’ll be proud to share our performing arts with you. Located in downtown Greenburg’s ever growing cultural district is The Palace Theatre, Westmoreland County’s hot spot for live entertainment. The Palace Theatre, opened in 1926 and offers a year round schedule of shows, concerts, comedy acts, musicals, and plays for people of all ages. The theatre is also home to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Small community theater and art groups, as well as local high schools, use the theatre to host a variety of productions throughout the year.


Dinner anyone?  Westmoreland County is home to countless restaurants making it possible to satisfy every craving. With upscale and casual dining, family friendly restaurants, locally owned establishments, and national chains, the region has it all. Coffee and tea houses, quaint bistros, sandwich shops, ice cream parlors and unique cafes can also be found in every part of the county. Several new restaurants open each year offering new and alternative dining experiences.


Farmer’s markets, grocery stores, organic shops, butchers, bakeries and various other gourmet and specialty shops provide the area with a great selection of ingredients needed for cooking a delicious meal at home.


Westmoreland County boasts nine county parks with access to hundreds of acres of land, paved walking paths, equestrian trails, bike trails, a model radio controlled airfield, ball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, boat rentals, playgrounds, spectacular views, and much more. Fun, summer environmental programs and camps for children, night walks, and geology hikes are also offered at some of the parks.


Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation is also a partner in the management of the area’s four bike trails:  Five Star Trail, Yough River Trail, Coal & Coke Trail, and the Westmoreland Heritage Trail. These special trails offer hundreds of miles of safe, paved trails for biking and walking. The Great Allegheny Passage, a 300 mile trail connecting Pittsburgh and Washington DC, also runs through the region.


There are four Pennsylvania State Parks in Westmoreland County:  Keystone State Park, Laurel Ridge State Park, Laurel Summit State Park and Linn Run State Park. Keystone State Park is home to the area’s only swimming “beach” and also has boating, camping, hunting and fishing, and offers sledding and cross country skiing in the winter.


Boating, biking, hiking and picnicking are popular pastimes enjoyed by many, along with swimming, hunting, fishing, and camping. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the county’s hilly terrain during the winter months for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile riding.


Residents and tourists, alike, can take advantage of Westmoreland County’s rich history, numerous indoor and outdoor activities, beautiful state and county parks, and other recreational activities such as shopping, dining, and visiting our outstanding museums.


Here’s wishing you the very best Westmoreland County has to offer. We look forward to  Welcoming You  Home to Westmoreland County!


Chad Amond
President & CEO
Westmoreland County
Chamber of Commerce



  • 2015 Population: 357,956
  • Total Number of Municipalities: 65
  • County Seat: Greensburg
  • Pop: 14,495
  • Land Area (sq. mi.): 1,025
  • 2015 Population Density (people per mile): 349.2
  • 2015 Total number of employers: 9,268
  • 2015 Total jobs in county: 133,000
  • 2015 Total labor force: 183,500
  • 2015 Total employed residents: 173,900
  • 2014 Earnings per job (mean): $47,337
    – 2014 Median household income: $51,593
    – 2014 Persons below the poverty line: 10.3%
  • 2014 – 2015 Public High School Graduates: 3,651
    – Post-secondary placement rate: 80.1
  • 2014 Population 25 and over: 264,360
    – with high school degree or higher: 92.2%
    – with bachelor’s degree or higher: 26.2%


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania Health Statistics, PA Department of Education, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Largest Municipality:

Hempfield Township: Pop 41,638

Additional Municipalities:



North Huntingdon Township

Penn Township

Unity Township



Economic Development Contact:

Jason Rigone, Executive Director
Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. Fifth Floor, Suite 520
40 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724.830.3601
Fax: 724.850.3611

Washington County Board of Commissioners:

The Honorable Gina Cerilli, Chair
The Honorable Charles Anderson
The Honorable Ted Kopas
Westmoreland County
2 North Main Street, Suite 101
Courthouse Square
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724.830.3106
Fax: 724.830.3029

Top Private Employers

Employer: Excela Health
Product(s): Health Care
Employees: 2,550

Philips Respironics
Product(s): Medical Products
Employees: 1,600

United Parcel Service
Product(s): Package Delivery
Employees: 1,500

Wal-Mart Stores
Product(s): Retail
Employees: 1,300

Westinghouse Electric Company
Product(s): Electrical Equipment
Employees: 1,100

Polyconcept North America/Leeds
Product(s): Business Accessories
Employees: 900

Trib Total Media
Product(s): Publishing
Employees: 850

Product(s): Industrial Machinery
Employees: 750

Elliot Turbomachinery
Product(s): Industrial Manufacturing
Employees: 695

Dick’s Sporting Goods
Product(s): Warehouse/Distribution
Employees: 614


Source: PA Dept. of Labor and Industry, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Updated: 7.28.2016