Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown

Last Updated: July 30, 2018

Welcome to Emsworth Borough, we are located just a few miles north of the City of Pittsburgh, just off of Route 65 North.  Emsworth Borough is located on land that was originally purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the heirs of William Penn. The purchase was ratified by a local tribe of Indians shortly before the French and Indian War. There was no attempt to develop this land until the Revolutionary War. Young men were promised parcels of land in addition to any pay if they would remain in the army and defend their country.

A tract of land, Emsworth, was patented to John Wilkins. The name "Emsworth" is reported to have been the name of an old English Duke. The first settler, John Cheney, took up residence in 1802. In 1805 he sold the property of Emsworth to David and William Courtney. William married the daughter of William Dickson, who had been one of the first settlers in Ben Avon. William built a stone home on the property that is presently the athletic field along Ohio River Boulevard; the Courtneys raised and educated eighteen children. President Zachary Taylor was a guest in the Courtney home

The present Borough of Emsworth was crossed by the old Makintosh trail, which extended from Fort Pitt to what now is the Town of Beaver. Many families seeking to find their fortunes in the West were drawn to Emsworth because of its scenic beauty and location near waterways.

Served by the Avonworth School District, Emsworth is approximately one square mile in size, is still a very peaceful and well maintained borough, and is proud to be the home of young families as well as a number of senior citizens. 


The Allegheny County League of Municipalities (ALOM) has named the Borough of Emsworth as a 2018 Banner Community.  The Banner Community Program was started in 2013 by the Allegheny League of Municipalities in partnership with Allegheny County and has since grown to include 55 municipalities in 2018.  The program was designed to recognize communities that demonstrate a dedication to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accounting and proactive communications.  ALOM is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association whose mission is to foster local government in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania by educating elected officials, delivering essential resources and advicating for sound policy and legislation. To learn more visit

       Monthly Council Meeting


Emsworth Borough Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the  Borough Hall, 171 Center Avenue.

2018 Road Program in Emsworth will replace the brick streets on Upper Allegheny from Ivanhoe to the borough boundary; Orchard and North Avenues from Center Avenue to SR 65.


Upper Allegheny work will begin Monday, June 4 with West View Authority replacing their water mains.

Emsworth Council appreciates everyone's patience and cooperation during this road program.




Emsworth Borough is currently accepting applications for part-time employment in the Department of Public Works. Hours are up to 35 hours/week; no benefits. Candidate must be able to perform manual work associated with maintenance and upkeep of the Borough. Valid Driver’s license a must.


Candidate will need to pass a background check, drug test and physical.  Emsworth Borough is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are available at the Office of the Borough Secretary Monday-Friday 9 am–3 pm, 171 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. 

Christmas in July Ornament Sale


Limited quantities of the beautiful 2017 holiday ornament are available at the Borough Office for $5.00 each.


The red shatterproof ornament depict a horse with a holiday wreath around his neck....just like the beloved horses from our annual Light-Up the Borough! horse-drawn carriage rides. 


Ornaments are available Monday-Friday 9 am - 3 pm at the Borough Office.  Get yours before they're gone!



Beginning January 1, 2019, Waste Management will initiate the following:

No glass in with recycling - glass is trash

No water bottle caps in with recycling

No plastic bags in with recycling - this will considered a contaminated load and will not be picked up.


Waste Management will begin their public education shortly as to this recycling change as well as a mailing to residents.  Emsworth Council thanks you for recycling and appreciates your cooperation with Waste Management as to this new policy.  If you have any questions, please contact Waste Management at 800.866.4460.