Etna, Pennsylvania
Etna’s Etna is For Everyone poster
Etna’s Etna is For Everyone poster
Etna is for Everyone
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Etna, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
CountyAllegheny County
 • Total0.79 sq mi (2.06 km2)
 • Land0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.17 km2)
 • Total3,451
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,531.51/sq mi (1,748.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code42-24160
Downtown Etna, named one of Pennsylvania's best main streets 2021
Downtown Etna, named one of Pennsylvania's best main streets 2021

Etna is a green community just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

In 2019 Etna was recognized as the first ever EcoDistrict. Etna is focused on social and environmental justice for its community, environment and neighbors through outreach and revitalization. Considered one part of the triboro EcoDistrict, Etna stands apart in its recognition of visual arts and attention to the importance of expression through art.

Annual Art Tour

Etna hosts an annual Art Tour in the last two weeks of September. The Etna Art Tour features tours of local art studios in the neighborhood, local food trucks and restaurants, neighborhood shops and live music.

River Front Trail

The Etna Riverfront Trail opened October 22nd 2021. The Etna segment of the Riverfront trail project will connect via bike path to a series of Riverfront Parks including Millvale, The North Shore, Sharpsburg and Aspinwall.

Downtown Etna's Butler Street corridor has a number of businesses including Divertido Gift Shop, Cop Out Pierogis, Betty's Upholstery, The Rear End Gastropub, The Shiny Bean Coffee Shop. [Honorable mention: Etna Print Circus]

Etna was named after the volcano Mount Etna,[3] an allusion to blast furnaces, steel mills, galvanized-pipe works, and other manufacturers located there; historically a steel town with a blue collar community. In 1900, 5,384 people lived in Etna. In 1940, 7,223 lived there. The population was 3,451 at the 2010 census.[4]

Geography and Topography

Etna has a beautiful hilly topography with dramatic exposed shale rock as you enter Etna borough off of Route 28 from Pittsburgh. The downtown area is a quaint main street named one of the best main streets in Pennsylvania in 2021.

Etna borders the Allegheny river and Pine Creek.

Etna River Front

Etna River Front Park
Etna River Front Park

Etna River Front is a brand new recreational area that borders the Allegheny River, with paved walking paths, lookout spots, benches and picnic tables. It's a host to a number of live music events and fireworks for various holidays.

Dougherty Nature Trail

Dougherty Nature Trail is a walking trail behind Dougherty Veteran's Field that runs along Pine Creek. A beautiful little walking trail with a shoal, it is a lovely place to observe geese, ducks, native birds and minnows. Dougherty Nature Trail is accessible from Crescent Street by Dougherty Veteran's Field and a newly added pedestrian bridge to Pine Street just past the Etna Park.

Etna is located at 40°30′1″N 79°56′56″W / 40.50028°N 79.94889°W / 40.50028; -79.94889 (40.500338, -79.948755).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding communities

Etna is almost entirely bordered by Shaler Township with its only other border being with the borough of Sharpsburg to the southeast.

Etna is neighboring to Millvale, Pennsylvania. And just down the river from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Etna's school district is the Shaler School District and is recognized for it's award winning schools with high ratings. Good test scores, small class sizes, and attentive teachers highlight some of Shaler School Districts wonderful aspects.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,308[2]−4.1%

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 3,924 people, 1,749 households, and 981 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,254.8 people per square mile (2,020.1/km2). There were 1,934 housing units at an average density of 2,589.9 per square mile (995.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.78% White, 0.76% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 1,749 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.9% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,529, and the median income for a family was $41,577. Males had a median income of $31,386 versus $23,601 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,580. About 7.5% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

See also


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "What's in a name? For some, a bit of history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 10, 1984. p. 2. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Etna borough, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties" (PDF). 1880 United States Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Population-Pennsylvania" (PDF). U.S. Census 1910. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Number and Distribution of Inhabitants:Pennsylvania-Tennessee" (PDF). Fifteenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  11. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 20 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.