Rankin, Pennsylvania

Rankin, Pennsylvania

Rankin is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 8 miles (13 km) south of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela river. Early in the 20th century, Rankin specialized in manufacturing steel and wire goods. In 1900, 3,775 people lived in Rankin; in 1910, 6,042 people lived in Rankin; and in 1940, 7,470 people lived in Rankin. The population was 2,315 at the 2000 census.


Rankin is located at coor dms|40|24|40|N|79|52|44|W|city (40.411069, -79.878884)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (12.00%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,315 people, 1,002 households, and 603 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,299.5 people per square mile (2,031.4/km²). There were 1,126 housing units at an average density of 2,577.6/sq mi (988.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 27.99% White, 69.33% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population. 6.8% were of Italian and 5.2% Slovak ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.8% spoke English, 1.2% Spanish and 1.0% Slovak as their first language.

There were 1,002 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 20.5% were married couples living together, 34.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 37.3% 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 2.30 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the borough the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 68.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 59.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $13,832, and the median income for a family was $18,625. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $21,302 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $9,946. About 40.2% of families and 45.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 66.8% of those under age 18 and 27.5% of those age 65 or over.


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