Imperial, Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°27′13″N 80°14′59″W / 40.45361°N 80.24972°W / 40.45361; -80.24972Coordinates: 40°27′13″N 80°14′59″W / 40.45361°N 80.24972°W / 40.45361; -80.24972
CountryUnited States
TownshipsFindlay, North Fayette
 • Total3.17 sq mi (8.22 km2)
 • Land3.17 sq mi (8.22 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total2,722
 • Density857.86/sq mi (331.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-36768

Imperial is a census-designated place (CDP) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States and part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 2,722 at the 2020 census.[2] The CDP is located in North Fayette and Findlay Townships, and geographically close to Pittsburgh International Airport.


Imperial was established as a mining town circa 1879 by the Imperial Coal Company.[3] It sits along Montour Run on land that had been the farm of Robert Wilson. Known at first as Montour City, the town soon took the name of the coal company, with a post office under the name Imperial opening in 1880. The town and nearby mines were served by the Montour Railroad.[4] The community was formerly part of the Imperial-Enlow CDP before splitting into two separate CDPs. In 2020, Amazon opened a large fulfillment center complex in Imperial off of Pennsylvania Route 576.[5]


Imperial is located at 40°27′13″N 80°14′59″W / 40.45361°N 80.24972°W / 40.45361; -80.24972 (40.4536 N, 80.2498 W).[6] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.

In terms of road access to Imperial, U.S. Route 30 passes through the middle of the township, with U.S. Route 22 and Interstate 376 providing expressway access to roads in Imperial. Additionally, the partially-completed Pennsylvania Route 576 has an exit serving Imperial.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7][8]

As of the 2010 U.S. census, the population was 2,541, 94 of whom had been born outside of the United States, and 173 were veterans. a total of 85.9% of the population had a high school education or higher. The median age was 40.9 years. The median household income was $56,439. 6.3% of the population were below the poverty level.


Children in Imperial are served by the West Allegheny School District. The current schools serving the community are:


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  3. ^ Espenshade, Abraham Howry (1925). Pennsylvania Place Names. Evangelical Press. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-8063-0416-8.
  4. ^ History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Vol. 2. Chicago: A. Warner & Co. 1889. pp. 11, 19.
  5. ^ Dalton, Deron (September 29, 2020). "Amazon opens fulfillment center in the Pittsburgh area. Here's where else the company is hiring in Pa". The Patriot-News. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Imperial CDP, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2011.