The City of Clairton

City of Clairton


Historical Background

Clairton’s existence began when the United States Steel Company acquired the town’s site just after the turn of the century as a location for an integrated steel mill. The site had more than a thousand acres of level land suitable for a large industrial complex. In January of 1922, the City of Clairton was incorporated as a City of the Third Class with a population of approximately 11,000. This incorporation was prompted by industry, which was taxed by the three boroughs -Clairton, Wilson and North Clairton – which were chartered separately prior to the incorporation of the City of Clairton.

During the next several decades, growth and advancement indicated a thriving city. As the steel mill expanded, the population of Clairton grew. Clairton took on a life of its own, including a business district and educational, religious, and cultural facilities. However, with the decline of the steel industry in the early 1980’s, Clairton began to experience severe problems in its employment and tax base, which spurred a major economic shock to the community.

In 1988, the City of Clairton was designated as a distressed municipality by the Commonwealth’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Pursuant to Act 47 of 1987 (the Financially Distressed Municipalities Act), DCA commissioned the development of a recovery plan for Clairton. The Recovery Plan provided a short-term strategy for the survival of the City as a corporate entity and provided recommendations for strategies that hopefully could lead to long-term survival of the community.

Clairton Today

Although still classified as a Financially Distressed Community, hopes for economic recovery and the once-existent growth and advancement are instilled within the Council and residents. The City has faced great change throughout its history, but the cooperation of residents and local government can lead the city on the road to prosperity. 

Clairton large residential park located off of Freemont Street is open to the public and has a large variety of facilities available for rent. The park has a number of pavilions, shelters and baseball fields ready for use and an Olympic sized pool which can accommodate up to 400 people. For information please contact the Ciy’s Offices.


Total Population:6,796
Minority Population:2,610
Total Housing Units:3,889
Vacant Housing Units:19.6%
Median Household Income:$27,408
Per Capita Income:$19,310
Individual Below Poverty Line:29.7%

Community Profile


City Offices & Council

The Borough offices are located at 551 Ravensburg Blvd. Clairton, PA 15025 and can be contacted by Phone at (412) 233-8113.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 am

City Staff

Staff PersonPosition
Howard BednarCity Manager
George GlagolaCode Enforcement
Robert HoffmanPolice Chief
John LattanziFire Chief
Nickolich SanitationGarbage & Recycling
Deron GabrielSolicitor

City Council

Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 7 pm. 

Elected OfficialPosition
Richard LattanziMayor
Richard I. Ford, IIICouncil Member
John LattanziCouncil Member
Lee LasichCouncil Member
Kathy TachoirCouncil Member

For more information, please visit the City’s Homepage.