Elizabeth Township is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The township was originally part of three counties; Westmoreland, Bedford, and Allegheny. The township was part of the land given to the Penn family by the King of England. The area was named after Elizabeth Bayard, wife of the founder of Elizabeth Village. The area became Elizabeth Township in 1778 during the formation of Allegheny County. It is among the seven original townships of Allegheny County.
Elizabeth Township occupies a total area of 23 square miles with 1.96 % of this being water. It is located about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh and close to the county line. The township is home to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, a trail that follows the Youghiogheny River. The trail offers magnificent settings for people of all ages thanks to its scenic landscape, isolation from motorized traffic and smooth surface.
The population of this area was 13,271 at the 2010 census.
Commercial and Entertainment
The township has a number of grocery stores and businesses that offer plenty in shopping variety. Skapik’s Department Store, Giant Eagle, Barton’s Flower and Bake Shop LLC, Flowers With Imagination, Top O’ The Mornin’ Donut and Coffee Shop, and DeCarlo’s Food Market are just a few of the stores in the immediate area, and are all near proximity to each other. There are plenty of convenience stores clustered around the area, like Rite Aid and Shop N’ Go.
The area is home to many restaurants offering different cuisines. Some of the well-known restaurants include Carriage Inn Restaurant, The Red Caboose, Francesco’s,The Red Rock Inn, China Fortune, Wagner’s Restaurant, Rib Crib, and Johnny’s Drive-In. There is no shortage of good eating in Elizabeth Township.
There are plenty of Recreational facilities and parks that offer entertainment for locals and visitors in the township. Duke Park, Indian Lake Park, Beedle Park, and Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area provide trails and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Victory Hills Golf Course, Butler’s Golf Course, Elizabeth Township Sportsmen’s Association, East Monongahela Sportsmen’s Club, and Family Funscape shows the variety of recreational services for anyone to participate in. Adults looking for a night out have plenty of options to choose from, like Droopy’s Bar and Grill, Kickstand, Rich’s Parkside Den, and Bar 48 Bar and Grill.
Over 50% of the population are affiliated with a religion. About 10 % of the population are Catholics, 22% are evangelical Protestants and 13% are mainline Protestants. There are plenty of houses of worship to choose from. St Michael’s Catholic Church, Allen Chapel AME Church, Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Round Hill Presbyterian Church, and New Hope Assembly of God are just some of the many churches in the area.
Elizabeth Township is serviced by Elizabeth Forward School District. The school district has six schools: Central Elementary, Greenock Elementary, Mount Vernon Elementary, William Penn Elementary, Elizabeth Forward Middle School, and Elizabeth Forward High School. The average tuition rate for the school district is $9,100. The district is funded by a combination of state basic education funding, real estate taxes, property tax relief, federal stimulus grant, and classrooms for the future grant.
The median household income in Elizabeth Township is $42,463 while the median family income is $50,740. Per capita income for the area is approximately $20,900. The median listing price per square foot in the township is $96, which is lower than that of Pittsburgh Metro of $114. Compared to other its neighboring surroundings; Pleasant hills ($109), Mount Lebanon ($171), and Castle Shannon ($134), Elizabeth Township has a much lower median listing price. 1.1 homes per 10,000 are foreclosed in Elizabeth Township and this value is lower compared to the national value of 1.6 and greater than the Pittsburgh Metro value of 0.9.