Wilkins Township
Houses on Beaver Avenue
Location in Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°25′22″N 79°49′25″W / 40.42278°N 79.82361°W / 40.42278; -79.82361Coordinates: 40°25′22″N 79°49′25″W / 40.42278°N 79.82361°W / 40.42278; -79.82361
CountryUnited States
Incorporated10 November 1821
 • Council PresidentSylvia Martinelli (D)
 • Total2.75 sq mi (7.11 km2)
 • Land2.75 sq mi (7.11 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total6,357
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,273.59/sq mi (877.89/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
15145, 15235
FIPS code42-003-85184

Wilkins Township is a township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census.[3] It is served by Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, the 43rd District of the Pennsylvania State Senate, and the 34th District of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.

Wilkins Township was named for William Wilkins (1779–1865), a politician from Pennsylvania who served in both houses of Congress and as U.S. Secretary of War.[4]


The township was created from the eastern part of Pitt Township on 10 November 1821. Its territory originally stretched between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers; from it sprung most of the municipalities between Pittsburgh on the west and Plum and Monroeville on the east.[5]


Wilkins Township is located at 40°25′21″N 79°49′24″W / 40.42250°N 79.82333°W / 40.42250; -79.82333 (40.422668, -79.823491).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km2), all of it land.


The southeastern border of the township is denoted by Thompson Run, a tributary of Turtle Creek. The township is drained by Thompson Run and its tributaries Sawmill Run and Chalfant Run, which in turn has a tributary, Lougeay Run, which flows into the township from Penn Hills. The entire township lies within the Turtle Creek Watershed.


Interstate 376 passes through the northern limb of the township, where it has an exit just as it enters eastbound from Churchill Borough, number 81 onto PA 791/Rodi Road/Yellow Belt northbound into Penn Hills Township. The business spur of U.S. Route 22 enters eastbound from Churchill, and is where the main commercial section of Wilkins township is located, including the Penn Center East shopping center. US Business 22 crosses Thompson Run from Wilkins Township to Monroeville over the Hall Station Bridge. PA 130 serves the southern portion of the township. The Union Railroad, following the Thompson Run valley, passes through the eastern fringe of the township. Soon you will be able to take PA 43 to U.S. Route 22

Surrounding neighborhoods

Wilkins Township has eight borders, including Penn Hills to the north, Monroeville to the east, Turtle Creek to the southeast, East Pittsburgh to the south, North Braddock to the south-southwest, Chalfant to the southwest, Forest Hills to the west and Churchill to the northwest and north-northwest.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 (est.)6,350[2]−0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 6,917 people, 3,235 households, and 2,012 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,637.6 people per square mile (1,019.3/km2). There were 3,432 housing units at an average density of 1,308.7/sq mi (505.8/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 92.79% White, 4.38% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,235 households, out of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the township the population was spread out, with 16.9% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,439, and the median income for a family was $47,882. Males had a median income of $37,127 versus $31,101 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,515. About 3.8% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


Wilkins Township is served by the Woodland Hills School District.

Government and Politics

Presidential Elections Results[9][10]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 40% 1,404 59% 2,052 1% 50
2012 44% 1,563 55% 1,963 1% 34


School tax millage rate- The Woodland Hills School District (shared with Braddock Borough, Braddock Hills Borough, Chalfant Borough, Churchhill Borough, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood Borough, Forest Hills Borough, North Braddock Borough, Rankin Borough, Swissvale Borough and Turtle Creek Borough) in 2017 was 25.35. This ranked 7th highest/most expensive out of Allegheny County's 45 school districts [between East Allegheny SD (6th highest) and Upper Saint Clair SD (8th highest)].[11]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bureau, U. S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. US Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Wilkins township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Porter, Thomas J. Jr. (May 10, 1984). "Town names carry a little bit of history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Wilkins Township History" (PDF). Wilkins Township. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  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". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ EL. "2012 Allegheny County election". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  10. ^ EL. "2016 Pennsylvani general election..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  11. ^ EL. "Allegheny County Treasurer". Retrieved 1 September 2017.