Robinson Township
View of The Mall at Robinson
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°27′29″N 80°7′42″W / 40.45806°N 80.12833°W / 40.45806; -80.12833Coordinates: 40°27′29″N 80°7′42″W / 40.45806°N 80.12833°W / 40.45806; -80.12833
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.34 sq mi (39.72 km2)
 • Land15.22 sq mi (39.42 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
 • Total13,354
 • Estimate 
 • Density901.44/sq mi (348.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-003-65352

Robinson Township is a township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States approximately 12 miles (19 km) west of Pittsburgh. The population was 13,354 at the 2010 census.


Robinson Township is located at 40°27′28″N 80°7′41″W / 40.45778°N 80.12806°W / 40.45778; -80.12806 (40.458008, -80.128259).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 14.9 square miles (39 km2), of which 14.8 square miles (38 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 1.21%, is water.

Robinson is composed of at least four distinct regions that represent former communities that once existed within the township; Groveton (industrial area near the Ohio River), Forest Grove (the area around Forest Grove Elementary and Montour High School), Gayly (The area around Settlers Ridge Shopping Center and The Mall at Robinson), and Moon Run (also a part of Kennedy Township, and includes the areas near Burkett Park and Chartiers Country Club). Each of these areas can be roughly defined by the borders of the Township's voting precincts; each region comprising two to three separate precincts.


Robinson Township is served by the Montour School District. Montour High School and the new Montour Elementary school share a campus located in Robinson ("The Hilltop"). Two former elementary school campuses - Burkett and Forest Grove - are located in Robinson. Private and charter schools located in Robinson Township include The Robinson Christian School, Propel Montour Middle/High School (formerly Burkett Elementary School), and Archangel Gabriel Catholic School (formerly known as Holy Trinity Catholic School).


School tax millage rate- The Montour SD (shared with four other municipalities) in 2017 was 17.96. This ranked 38th highest/most expensive out of Allegheny County's 45 school districts, between North Hills SD (37th highest) and Duquesne SD (39th highest).[4]

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods

Robinson Township has nine land borders, including Kennedy Township and the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Fairywood to the east, Thornburg, Rosslyn Farms, and Carnegie to the southeast, Collier Township to the south, and North Fayette Township, Moon Township, and Coraopolis to the west. Across the back channel of the Ohio River, Robinson Township runs adjacent with Neville Township. Robinson Township also completely surrounds Pennsbury Village in the southeast.


Robinson Township is known in the area as a retail hub. The Mall at Robinson is located in the township, as well as the open-air Settlers Ridge and several smaller plazas. Bayer USA is based in Robinson Township as well.

Twin Hi-Way Drive-In

The Twin Hi-Way Drive-In was a drive-in theater located in Robinson Township on Pennsylvania Route 60.[5][6] Situated on the original Lincoln Highway, the Twin Hi-Way was named after the road's original dual-route designation of U.S. 22/U.S. 30 and retained the name after both routes were reassigned to the new Penn-Lincoln Parkway West in 1953, with the former alignment renumbered PA 60 three years later. The drive-in held its grand opening on June 8, 1950 with "The Nevadan" starring Randolph Scott and closed at the end of the 1996 season. In 2007, the Twin Hi-Way was reborn by the Salnoris family with a complete overhaul and a second screen added two year later. During its second duration it was rewarded Best of the Burgh twice and won several battles for the land. However, despite its popularity (with a 3.5 star rating on Google), it was announced in early 2016 that the Twin Hi-Way would not be reopening, the land having been sold to Sheetz after a large offer to the landlord was accepted. [7] As of March 2021, the projection room/snack bar building and second screen in the back of the former drive-in lot are the only remnants of the Twin Hi-Way standing.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 (est.)15,503[2]16.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 12,289 people, 4,828 households, and 3,312 families residing in the township. The population density was 833.2 people per square mile (321.7/km2). There were 5,158 housing units at an average density of 349.7/sq mi (135.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.25% White, 1.90% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.04% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 4,828 households, out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,263, and the median income for a family was $66,807. Males had a median income of $46,750 versus $30,605 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,802. About 4.8% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

In recent elections, Robinson has leaned Republican in Presidential elections and has leaned Democratic in local races. Robinson was carried by Republicans Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election and by Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, albeit by a diminished margin. Democrat Conor Lamb carried Robinson Township in 2018 Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district special election.

Presidential Elections Results[16][17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 55% 4,129 44% 3,336 1% 56
2012 57% 3,929 43% 2,955 0% 59


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  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ EL. "Allegheny County Treasurer". Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ "In Robinson, end of an era as drive-in closes". Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Supporters plead for Twin Hi-Way Drive-in's survival". Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  7. ^ D'Antonio, Christine. "One Of Area's Last Drive-In Theaters Officially Closes". Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "1850-1870 Population" (PDF).
  10. ^ "1870-1880 Population" (PDF).
  11. ^ "1890-1910 Population" (PDF).
  12. ^ "1910-1930 Population" (PDF).
  13. ^ "1940-1960 Population" (PDF).
  14. ^ "1970-1990 Population" (PDF).
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  16. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  17. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvani general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.