Inside out: Established in 1796, the township contains a section of the Mingo Trail and was reputedly on the Underground Railroad. Farming and coal mining were residents’ main occupations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Active sites included the Montour, Dickson, Santiago and Cliff mines. Today, the nearly 29-square mile township is home to 13,680 residents and it is one of the fastest growing communities in Allegheny County with a 6 percent annual increase in population. Residents shop The Point, the Mall at Robinson and Settlers Ridge.
Attractions include Hanky Farms pool and the recently opened Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Soon, the township will open a new recreational facility that will feature an indoor track, children’s programming, a banquet room, indoor play structures and fitness areas.
Schools: West Allegheny (www.westallegheny.org).
Average SAT scores: Reading 507; Math: 508, Writing: 506
Annual taxes per $100,000 of assessment: $2,568 (median property value is $114,900.)
Township: $329.00 (3.29 mills)
School: $1,851. (18.51 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.