Playground in the heart of Millvale. Photo by Kate Buckley.


  • 3,766
  • 18 to 24: 9%
  • 25 to 34: 19%
  • 35 to 54: 32%
  • 55 to 64: 11%
  • 65+: 12%
  • White 96.20%
  • African American 2.44%
  • Multiracial 0.90%
  • native American 0.45%
  • Other 0%
  • Less than a high school diploma: 15%
  • High school diploma or equivalent: 42%
  • Some college or associate degree: 28%
  • Bachelor’s degree: 11%
  • Master’s degree or higher: 3%
  • Data by Niche.
  • Rent: 58.1%
  • Own: 41.9%
  • Median Home Construction Year: 1942
  • Median Rent: $604
  • Median Home Value: $65,500

Once called an industrial mill town on the decline, Millvale has made a new name for itself.

By pioneering entertainment and recreation opportunities that draw visitors from across the city, Millvale benefits from its existing historical architecture and riverfront topography.

Once the Ewalt Covered Bridge and a segment of Pittsburgh’s famous trolley system connected Millvale to Lawrenceville. Today, the 40th Street Bridge connects music lovers who choose to walk or bike from Lawrenceville and Bloomfield to check out shows at Mr. Small’s Funhouse, a mid-sized venue in a converted church. In addition to a state-of-the-art theater, the Mr. Small’s experience includes two on-site full-service recording studios, a backstage rock hostel for visiting artists, and an art gallery.

The Millvale Riverfront Park makes the most of the borough’s waterfront location along the Allegheny River, with fishing, bike and boat rentals, Millvale Marina, a kayak and rowboat launch access, Mr. Small’s Skate Park and a tackle and bait shop. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail runs through the park and leads to PNC Park, Heinz Stadium and other hotspots along Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Millvale also boasts a walkable business district that includes Pamela’s, a colorful breakfast and lunch spot (once visited by President Obama), as well as the destination French bakery of Jean-Marc Chatellier’s where you’ll find rows of macarons in all pastel colors and almond brioche and croissants to die for. It’s a true gem in the region.

Technically outside of Pittsburgh’s city limits, tiny Millvale sits on 0.65 square miles on the northern bank of the Allegheny River, just east of Pittsburgh along Route 28. The borough’s 3,700 residents enjoy the treasures of the Millvale Community Library, an all-volunteer effort that transformed vacant buildings and lots into a garden space and reading hub in 2007.

Millvale calls itself a rural town in an urban setting. With the mix of natural resources and a modern twist on the idea of industry, today’s Millvale is so much more than your regular run-of-the-mill town.

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Melanie is a free-lance copywriter and journalist whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Venus Zine and Maniac Magazine.