Inside out: Penn Hills is the second largest municipality in Allegheny County after the City of Pittsburgh. It was originally part of Wilkins and was founded in 1860 when the first recorded residents were tallied.
There was a lot of coal and limestone mining in the area of Sandy Creek Road, once the site of a rail depot. Nearby Lime Hollow Road is home to one of the oldest structures in Western Pennsylvania. The home was built as early as the 1700s and may have been a French trading post. Other historic structures include Longvue Country Club, Mt. Carmel Cemetery and the Blackadore House on Blackadore Road, which was built by hand from bricks made on location in 1861.
Penn Hills saw its biggest growth between 1950 and 1960, when the population more than doubled from 25,280 to more than 62,000. Today. Penn Hills is home to approximately 41,000 residents.
Schools: Penn Hills School District (phsd.k12.pa.us).
Average SAT scores: Reading, 443; Math, 444; Writing, 420 (Penn Hills High School)
Annual taxes for a property assessed at $100,000: $3,726.50. (median property value: $68,500)
Municipal: $544.40 (5.44 mills)
School: $2630.61 (26.30 mills)
County: $388 (4.73 mills)*
Earned income tax: 1 percent
* includes the Act 50 Homestead Exclusion, which reduces the assessed value of a primary residence by $18,000.