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Arnold, Pennsylvania

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Arnold, Pennsylvania
Abandoned factory along the Allegheny River
Abandoned factory along the Allegheny River
Proud City of Proud People
Location of Arnold in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Arnold in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Arnold is located in Pennsylvania
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Arnold is located in the United States
Arnold (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°34′39″N 79°45′52″W / 40.57750°N 79.76444°W / 40.57750; -79.76444
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (borough)1896
Incorporated (city)1939
 • MayorJoseph Bia II (D)
 • Total0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)
 • Land0.73 sq mi (1.90 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
 • Total5,157
 • Estimate 
 • Density6,698.09/sq mi (2,586.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-03088
WebsiteOfficial website

Arnold is a city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States, within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 5,157 at the 2010 Census.


Present-day Westmoreland County was part of the hunting reserves of the Iroquois Indians. White colonists began to penetrate the area in the 1750s, and circa 1781 Robert McCrea purchased the land on which Arnold is situated. William Jack acquired the property and later passed it on to Wilson Jack. The area around Arnold was first settled in 1852 by Major Andrew Arnold, who grew up in Kittanning.

With the creation of Westmoreland County in 1773, the area that became Arnold was originally part of Burrell, and later Lower Burrell, townships. Arnold was then part of the newly-created city of New Kensington from 1891 until it was separately incorporated as a borough in January 1896, and as a third-class city in 1939. Arnold is governed under Pennsylvania's third-class city code, with a mayor, treasurer, controller, and four council members elected at-large. Past mayors of Arnold have been M. Frank Horne (1939-1960), Alfred Colaianni (1960-1963), Willie DeMao (1963-2004), John Campbell (2004–2012), and Larry Milito (2012-2016).

Karen Peconi-Biriccochi, a Democrat, took office in 2016. In 2018, during protests over the shooting of an unarmed African American teen by a white police officer in East Pittsburgh, Peconi authored a social media post that urged law enforcement to "bring the hoses" against the protesters. Calls for her resignation resulted in city council formally requesting the state legislature to remove her from office.[3] On May 21, 2019 Peconi-Biriccochi was defeated by Councilman Joseph Bia II in the Democratic primary, effectively ending her bid for re-election in the heavily Democratic city. Bia was subsequently elected to a full term as mayor in November 2019 and took office in 2020.


Arnold is located on the eastern shore of the Allegheny River, northeast of Pittsburgh. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (6.41%) is water.

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods

Arnold's only land border is with New Kensington to the north, east and south. Across the Allegheny River, Arnold runs adjacent with East Deer Township in Allegheny County


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20184,861[2]−5.7%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 5,667 people, 2,589 households, and 1,439 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,706.6 people per square mile (2,956.8/km2). There were 2,976 housing units at an average density of 4,047.1 per square mile (1,552.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.84% White, 12.76% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 2,589 households of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,190, and the median income for a family was $32,569. Males had a median income of $31,164 versus $23,953 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,631. About 14.0% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.8% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.


Notable landmarks in Arnold have included:

  • Arnold Station, a railroad stop established in 1867, so named because the land on which it was built was given by the Arnold Family.[7]
  • The Chambers Glass Company, which opened in 1891, was at the time one of the best equipped and most efficient glass factories in the country.[7]
  • George Moore Home, a 17-room mansion, demolished in the 1960s.
  • The Morris Davis home, one of the first local private dwellings with electricity. Davis built it very precisely, rejecting lumber if it had knotholes or any defects.
  • Eiler Hall, located in what is now a parking lot for municipal employees, was a fashionable site for parties, dances, banquets and public shows.
  • The Edna Hotel, named after George Moore‘s daughter, was built in the 1890s and served as a meeting place for all of Arnold at the turn of the 20th century. The building was destroyed by a massive fire in the late 1990s
  • The John Fedan Store began as a rental for other merchants and grew into a hardware store and later a furniture and appliance store.
  • The Arnold Drug Store opened in 1898 and was also the post office location at the time.


Arnold is served by the New Kensington–Arnold School District, which includes four schools in New Kensington and Arnold: Valley Jr/Sr High School, three elementary schools. Roy A. Hunt Elementary (Arnold), H.D. Berkey School (Arnold), and Martin Elementary School (New Kensington).

The current Roy A. Hunt Elementary once served as Arnold's high school prior to the merger of the two districts. After the merge was completed it was used as Valley Middle School until the restructuring of the school district at the end of 2012, and now stands as an elementary school holding grades 3-6

Notable people


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Census 1990" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  5. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000 - Geographic area: Arnold city, Pennsylvania" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  7. ^ a b The Woman's Club of New Kensington. Lore of Yore. New Kensington, Pennsylvania: Buhl Brothers Printing,1986.

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