Jeannette, Pennsylvania

Jeannette is a city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Jeannette was founded in 1888.[3] The city got its name from one of the original city fathers, who wished to honor his wife by giving the new town her first name: Jeannette.[3] The city celebrated its 125th anniversary in July 2013.[3] The population was 9,654 according to the 2010 census.

Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Jeannette's Business District (Clay Avenue)
Jeannette's Business District (Clay Avenue)
Location of Jeannette in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Jeannette in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Jeannette, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Location of Jeannette in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°19′44″N 79°36′50″W / 40.32889°N 79.61389°W / 40.32889; -79.61389Coordinates: 40°19′44″N 79°36′50″W / 40.32889°N 79.61389°W / 40.32889; -79.61389
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (borough)June 7, 1889
Incorporated (city)January 1, 1938
 • TypeCity Council
 • Total2.39 sq mi (6.18 km2)
 • Land2.39 sq mi (6.18 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total9,654
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,848.41/sq mi (1,486.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
FIPS code42-37784
WebsiteCity of Jeannette


Jeannette is located at 40°19′44″N 79°36′50″W / 40.32889°N 79.61389°W / 40.32889; -79.61389 (40.328773, -79.613997).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2).


Census Pop.
Est. 20189,133[2]−5.4%

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 9,654 people, 4,630 households, and 2,949 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,414.3 people per square mile (1,706.9/km²). There were 5,139 housing units at an average density of 2,129.3 per square mile (823.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.81% white, 20.19% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 4,630 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city in 2011 was $31,498. The median income for a family was $37, 038. Males had a median income of $32,413 versus $21,702 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,961. About 10.9% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.

Civic lifeEdit

City government and servicesEdit

  • Jeannette maintains a Police Department, a Fire Department, a Public Library, a Parks and Recreation department, and a department of Public Works.
    • Parks and Recreation - this department maintains eight (8) parks which variously include playgrounds, ball fields, and basketball courts (open on a daily basis from dawn until dusk).[9]
    • Waste Management - the city operates 2 refuse trucks daily covering residential and commercial accounts, 5 days a week. Commercial accounts are serviced on a pre-set schedule either daily or as needed.[10]

Public safety and living standardsEdit

  • Crime - Jeannette's crime rate as of 2011 included 196.2 (per 100,000) for burglary, and 505.9 (per 100,000) for theft.
  • Recycling - is mandatory in Jeannette. The city mandates all residential customers recycle the following items: Newspaper, Bi-Metal, Aluminum cans and clear glass. Commercial customers are required to recycle cardboard. A program is also in place for brown glass and clear glass.[11]
  • Community Development - the city employs a Coordinator and staff to assist residents, including the following:[12]
    • 1st Time Homebuyer - Financial assistance for down payment and/or closing costs for 1st time homebuyers
    • Facade Improvement Program – Financial assistance for commercial/retail owners for improvements to the front of the building structure
    • Commercial Property Improvement Program - A combination loan/grant program to assist in the acquisition or rehabilitation of commercial building in designated redevelopment areas
    • Job Development Loan Program

Religious lifeEdit

Jeannette has two Catholic churches (Sacred Heart and Ascension Church) and also multiple Lutheran, Baptist and Presbyterian churches throughout the city.[citation needed] In 1943, the city went before the Supreme Court to defend an ordinance that banned distributing religious materials door to door. Several members of the Jehovah's Witnesses challenged the constitutionality of the law but were defeated in Douglas v. City of Jeannette.



It's a place well known for its restaurants, including "DeNunzio's," a famous Italian restaurant which has three locations (Latrobe, Jeannette, and Monroeville) and continues to gain popularity due to upgrades in the interior dining, settings, atmosphere and customer service. Also, "Mamma G's" was voted the top place in Jeannette for breakfast, "Persichetti's" is voted best fish sandwich and, voted best pizza is "Ricky's" handmade pizza. Jeannette is also home to the George DeLallo Company, which for more than 60 years, has grown into an international producer, importer and purveyor of Italian and Mediterranean specialty foods.[citation needed]


Jeannette City School District includes McKee Elementary School and Jeannette Junior/Senior High School.[13]


Perhaps the oldest historical reference to the area that became Jeannette is the role the area played in the Pontiac War in 1763. The Bushy Run Battlefield marks the spot where Colonel Henry Boquet led the British and American troops to defeat the Indians in a battle on the 5th and 6 August that year. This victory is credited with helping to prevent the capture of Fort Pitt, and it served the purpose of reopening communication and supply lines. Today, this 200-acre (0.81 km2) historical landmark is the site of a museum, nature trails, picnic areas, and an annual reenactment of the Battle of Bushy Run.

McKee Glass Factory, late 1880s

First incorporated as a borough on June 7, 1889,[14] Jeannette earned the nickname as "the glass city" in recognition of the numerous glass plants founded in the area, with those factories contributing to the city's original stature as the first large manufacturing town in Westmoreland County. In fact, the impact of the glass industry was so significant that the city's name actually comes from Jeannette E. Hartupee McKee, the wife of H. Sellers McKee, a local industrialist who cofounded the Chambers and McKee Glass Works[15] and was a member of the elite South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club of Johnstown Flood fame.[16] Mckee and his partner J.A. Chambers also have the distinction of naming Jeannette's main street, Clay Avenue after their financial backer, Richard W. Clay. On January 1, 1938, Jeannette became a third class city with Attorney John M. OConnell as the first mayor.[17]

At times, there were as many as 7 significant factories operating in the city of Jeannette including some of the most well known in the history of the glass industry. Names like Jeannette Glass; Fort Pitt Glass; the Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass and Glass Company; American-Saint Gobain, Westmoreland Glass; and others all supplied the country with everything from plate glass windows, to bottles, to milk glass, and much more for many decades. Some estimates over the years indicate that Jeannette once produced somewhere between 70-85% of the world's glass. Unfortunately, Jeannette's glass industry was one of the early United States industry victims of cheap, foreign competition that made it less expensive to produce glass overseas and today only two glass factories remain in the city.

Jeannette's manufacturing history doesn't end with the glass industry. Today's Elliott Company represents an evolution dating back to 1914 when William Swan Elliott moved his company to Jeannette. The Elliott Company, owned by the Carrier Corporation from 1957 until 1979 and by United Technologies Corporation until a 1987 buyout that returned the company to a privately owned status, only to become an Ebara Corporation subsidiary in 2000, has always had a solid reputation in the dynamo, turbine, and large rotating equipment industry. In 1952, the company produced the first diesel-engine turbocharger used in a racecar and subsequently built more than 40,000 more of them for other diesel applications. Throughout the 1970s, local residents routinely witnessed a revolving door of trains hauling parts into the plant on North 4th Street and hauling the huge turbine engines back down the tracks.[18] Today, the Elliott Company is the city's largest employer.[17] Jeannette is also the manufacturing home of Jensen Steam Engine Mfg. Co., Inc., which produces small working models of steam engines and turbines. The Jensen shop is only a few blocks from the Elliott plant.

In 2018, the Elliott Company was approved to purchase the former Jeannette Glass site and expand their operations to downtown Jeannette.[19] The facility could become operational by 2020.[20]

The Pennsylvania Rubber Works, which moved to Jeannette from Erie, Pennsylvania, around 1903, was yet another key part of the city's significant industrial base. Not only did this factory become a significant supplier of play balls (basketballs, footballs, tennis balls, etc.) and carpet underlay as part of General Tire in its later years; but the original Pennsylvania Rubber Works provided products for Jeeps and gas masks during World War II.[14]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Dr. Gerard Criner, Temple Lung Center. He is The Godfather of Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction surgery for patients with severe emphysema with hyperinflation
  • Steve August, NFL offensive tackle for Seattle Seahawks (1977–84) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1984)
  • Karen D. Beyer, former State Representative for the 131st district in the Lehigh Valley
  • Buster Clarkson, Negro league baseball player, lived in Jeannette after he retired
  • Demetrious Cox, American football player
  • Claire Cribbs, two-time All-American basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh (1933–34 and 1934–35)
  • Ambrose Battista De Paoli, Roman Catholic Archbishop and nuncio
  • Frank Fitzsimmons, president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1967-1981, born in Jeannette
  • Mike Getto, All-American football player at the University of Pittsburgh and football coach for the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers (1942)
  • Monica Lee Gradischek, voice actress
  • Slide Hampton, jazz trombonist, born in Jeannette
  • Dick Hoak, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back (1969–70) and running backs coach (1972–2006), born in Jeannette
  • Jack G. Merrell, United States Air Force four-star general
  • Vaughn Monroe, 1940s–1950s bandleader, singer and actor; attended high school in Jeannette
  • Marissa Moss, author of more than a dozen children's books who was born in Jeannette and moved to California at age 2
  • Neon Swing X-perience, swing band
  • Terrelle Pryor, former high school quarterback for Jeannette Jayhawks, starting quarterback for Ohio State Buckeyes, and NFL quarterback and wide receiver
  • William A. Shomo, ace fighter pilot and World War II Medal of Honor recipient[21]
  • LaMont "ShowBoat" Robinson, former high school basketball player for Jeannette Jayhawks, College Kankakee Community College 1981-82, Central State Univ (1986–87) USBL Knights (1988) Meadowlark Lemon Harlem All-Star, Washington Generals team that plays the Harlem Globetrotters (tour to Russia 1989) (1988-1994) Harlem Road Kings, (1995-2009) Harlem Clowns (2010-Present) Robinson has also been nonmined to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 and 2019. Founder the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in Detroit, Michigan.


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  20. ^ "Westmoreland: Big projects, big changes on the horizon", Signorini, Renatta
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