Pittsburgh Suburbs: A History of Hampton Township

A Brief History of Hampton Township

Brief History of Hampton Township

The first settlers of what is now Hampton Township came to the neighborhood in the mid-to-late 18th century around the Revolutionary War times. The town was called Tally Cavey at that time. Many hunters and fur trappers moved toward Hampton, north of the Allegheny River, in search of better game in the forests and more animals to capture and trade fur. John McCaslin got a big part of land now known as Oak Hill Farms near the intersection of Route 8 and Mt. Royal Boulevard. Landmarks in Hampton are named after early settlers like Robert and James Sample, John McNeal and more. A judge and member of Congress, Moses Hampton LLD, signed documents to make Hampton a municipality. At the time, it included bits of McCandless, Indiana and West Deer townships. Through the 19th and 20th centuries, people moved in making it a neighborhood comprised of nearly 20,000.

Facts about Hampton Township

history of Hampton Township

Hampton is surrounded by five neighborhoods including Richland Township, West Deer, Shaler, Indiana and McCandless. There were just over 6,000 homes in Hampton as of the last census. The average household size was 2.76 and the family size was 3.18. The population in Hampton was spread out, with approximately 28 percent in each age group. Hampton is a relatively wealthy community, with the median income just over $80,000. There are five schools in the Hampton Township School District, including three elementary schools, Hampton Middle School and Hampton High School. Hampton Township is governed by a five member township council and an elected controller.

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