McKeesport Pennsylvania Overview and Crime Rate Statistics
Baytown is a city in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It is the second largest city in the county by population, coming in second only to Pittsburgh. McKeesport was established back in 1795. However, until 1830, it was considered a village. The city's growth and transition to a city are attributed to the booming coal mining industry. Then, in 1842, it was incorporated as a borough, before finally being recognized as a city in 1891. McKeesport is named after David McKee, the first white settler here who emigrated from Scotland.
The city experienced steady growth in population up until the mid-1900s. However, ever since then, the population has been declining. Experts believe this is due to the decrease in economic strength which was a result of the shifting of the steel-making industry to another location.
During the early and mid-1900s, the city was at its peak, being the center of the fast-growing steel-manufacturing industry. To reflect this growth, the population was at its highest point during this time. There were as many as 55,355 people residing in McKeesport. At the time, National Tube Works was the biggest employer, has about 10,000 people in its payroll. However, the city suffered when steel plants closed down.
McKeesport has a political significance thanks to it being the location where John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon met for their first out of five debates. They met at McKeesport on April 22, 1957, to debate labor issues.
McKeesport Pennsylvania Population, employment, and earnings
As of 2017, McKeesport has an estimated population of about 19.245 people. It has a good male to female ratio. According to recent data, 53.8 percent of the population is female, while 46.2 percent is male.
A majority of the population at McKeesport is white, which makes up 58.4 percent. African-Americans come in second, constituting 32.4 percent of the population. Other races such as Asian and Hispanic can also be found.
The median age of the population at McKeesport is 42 years, which is slightly higher than the Pennsylvania median age of 40.6 years. 29.7 percent of the population is married, while 44.9 percent have never been married. The estimated median household income as of 2016 was $27,133, while per capita income was estimated at $18,614.
A huge portion of the population, 86.3 percent to be specific, has a high school degree or a higher level of education. 12.3 percent of McKeesport’s population has a college education or higher, while 4.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. The unemployment rate is low at just 12.5 percent.
A majority of the population (15 percent) work in manufacturing, followed by retail trade, which employs 14 percent of McKeesport’s population. Health care and social assistance employ about 10 percent of the residents, while transportation and warehousing employ about 9 percent. Other significant industries include construction, which employs 8 percent of the population, educational services which employs 7 percent of residents, and accommodation and food services, whose employment rate is also 7 percent.
McKeesport Pennsylvania Crime
McKeesport has a rather high crime rate, which stood at 645.8 in 2015, considering the average crime rate in the US is 280.5. This number has been fluctuating over the years. In 2015, there were 63 robberies, 296 assaults, 177 burglaries, 383 theft, 31 auto thefts, 14 arsons, nine rapes, and 11 murders. Currently, there are 106 registered sex offenders in the city.
As of 2016, McKeesport has a total of 55 full-time law enforcement employees, out of which 52 employees are police officers. For every 1,000 residents, there are 2.46 officers, which is higher than the Pennsylvania average of 2.39 officers.