Wilkinsburg is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, seven miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. Though located outside of the city limits, Wilkinsburg borders the City of Pittsburgh’s East End.
Wilkinsburg was founded and developed by European immigrants. The borough has a remarkably high concentration of churches. Wilkinsburg separated from the city of Pittsburgh in 1871. The Pennsylvania Railroad impacted its growth as a railroad station was built at the end of the 19th century. In the 1920s, Wilkinsburg was a livable suburb with a population peaking in the 1950s, while the growth of Regent Square and Blackridge attracted uneven development early in its history. The downfall of the steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s prompted a drastic shrink in population, which Wilkinsburg has not yet recovered from.
The community has a convenient, transit-friendly location for vehicles and pedestrians, and busing provides commuters access to Pittsburgh. There is also a Main Street business district for shopping within the Borough. Wilkinsburg is a walkable community of seven neighborhoods, where the school and other institutions are close. Wilkinsburg has affordable homeownership opportunities and the efforts of its Community Development Corporation help real estate initiatives.