Welcome to Scottdale
The borough was named Scottdale in honor of Col. Thomas
A. Scott, who was assistant secretary of war during the Civil War
and later president of the Pennsylvania Railroad when it opened its
Scottdale branch in the spring of 1873.
Scottdale was incorporated on February 5, 1874. The railroad along with
the coal and coke industry played a prominent role in the prosperity
and development of the community.
Prior to 1874 Scottdale was named Fountain Mills.
By the early 1900s there were 30,000 coke ovens in the area, while
Scottdale was centrally located with hundreds of mining companies
surrounding it. The railroad was used to ship coal and coke to
various industrial markets throughout the country.
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Scottdale today is a welcoming community of exceptional
shops, beautiful tree-lined streets, and historic architecture that
attracts many visitors each year to experience our small town charm.
Through the efforts of The Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce,
the downtown district has become revitalized with new streetlights,
Christmas lights, Adopt-a-Planter program and a proposed walkway
from the Municipal Parking Lot to the downtown area and Veterans
Scottdale is located in the Southmoreland School District (www.southmoreland.net).
District schools include Southmoreland Primary Center, Southmoreland
Elementary School, Southmoreland Middle School, and
Southmoreland Senior High School. Other schools offering education
in the local area are St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic School (www.stjohnbaptistschool.org),
Mount Carmel Christian School (www.MyMCCS.org)
and Verna Montessori School (www.vernamontessorischool.org).
The borough has several beautiful parks including: Loucks Park,
Garfield Park, Kendi Park, Central Park and the Jacobs Creek Walking
Trail. Youth stay active through local sports organizations such as
the Greater Scottdale Girls Softball League, Scottdale Community
Pool, Scottdale Soccer Club (www.scottdalesoccer.com),
Southmoreland Recreation League Baseball, and the Regional Family
YMCA of Laurel Highlands.
Scottdale is culturally alive serving as home to The Geyer
Performing Arts Center (www.geyerpac.com),
Greater Scottdale Choral Society, Scottdale Community Concert Band (www.scottdaleband.com)
and the Calvin United Presbyterian Bell Choir.
Several veterans, service and social organizations are active in
Scottdale including: The Scottdale American Legion Post 240,
Scottdale Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy and Girl Scouts, Scottdale
Rotary, Scottdale Kiwanis, Marion Lodge 562, Elks BPOE, Moose Lodge
194, and Sons of Italy.
Whether you are just visiting or planning to make Scottdale your
home, we invite you to explore our site and see what Scottdale has
||4,329 (47.8% male -
|Land Area: 1.17
18.3% Education, Health & Social Services, 17.4 %
Manufacturing, 17% Retail
|Median Age of
Residents: 43.8 years
$36,668.00 (2011 Census)
|Median Home Value:
Education Levels: High School or higher: 94.8%,
Bachelor's Degree or higher: 16.7%, Graduate or
Professional Degree: 4.2%
Ancestries: 34.7% German, 10.7% Polish, 11.7%
Irish, 9.2% Italian, 6.7% English, 4.6%.
Scottdale's Crime rate is less than 40% of
the national average (2003 data from
Cities: Pittsburgh (34.5 miles), Connellsville
(6.0 miles), Dawson (6.0 miles), Everson (0.9
miles), Hunker (7.3 miles), Mount Pleasant (4.7
miles), New Stanton (8.2 miles), South Connellsville
(7.2 miles), Vanderbilt (6.9 miles)