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Bentleyville, Pennsylvania

Municipal Complex
Municipal Complex
Etymology: founder Sheshbazzar Bentley, Jr.
Location of Bentleyville in Washington County
Location of Bentleyville in Washington County
Bentleyville is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Bentleyville in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Washington
Established 1870
 • Mayor Thomas Brown
 • Total 3.7 sq mi (10 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,502
 • Density 680/sq mi (260/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Zip Code 15314
Area code(s) 724

Bentleyville is a borough in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States and part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area since 1950.[1] The population was 2,502 at the 2000 census.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Police 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


A post office called Bentleyville has been in operation since 1822.[2] Bentleyville was named for Sheshbazzar Bentley, a pioneer settler.[3] The borough was incorporated in 1864.[3]


Bentleyville is located at (40.119799, -80.006146).[4] U.S. Interstate 70 borders the borough's northern side and Pennsylvania state Route 917 forms Main Street.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all land; except Pigeon Creek passes through the borough.


First Presbyterian Church on Main Street

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,502 people, 1,073 households, and 679 families residing in the borough. The population density was 678.2 people per square mile (261.8/km²). There were 1,174 housing units at an average density of 318.2 per square mile (122.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.76% White, 1.52% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 1,073 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% 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 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,875, and the median income for a family was $35,652. Males had a median income of $35,588 versus $22,021 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,235. About 12.3% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.


The borough has a "mayor-council" form of government. Most power is vested in the popularly elected council which chooses its president. The mayor has veto power over legislation. Thomas Brown is currently the mayor of Bentleyville.[9]

Education is provided by the Bentworth School District.


The borough disbanded its police force in 2005 as a cost savings measure and depended on the state police.[10] In 2009 the borough contracted with Southwest Regional Police, and in 2014, Bentleyville again has its own police force.[11]


  1. ^ [2]
  2. ^ "Washington County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Towns to mark birthday with celebration". The Pittsburgh Press. Jun 25, 1916. p. 22. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Pennsylvania Manual," vol. 119, sec. 6.
  10. ^ Sellew, Jeremy (February 12, 2012). "Union residents welcome Southwest Regional police". Trib Total Media. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Beveridge, Scott (July 1, 2014). "Chief takes office in new Bentleyville police department". Observer-reporter. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 

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