VISIT US : Visiting Washington

The community of Washington, Pennsylvania is located just 27 miles south Pittsburgh, a quick highway drive away from the city's fast-paced urban atomosphere. With a population of about 16,000, the county seat of Washington County has a rich history dating from its establishment as a colonial frontier town in 1781. The city sits at the crossroads of two key interstate highways, I-79 and I-70, making it a well-known tri-state shopping area and traveling location.

The City of Washington
Educational opportunities at the numerous local school systems, private schools, and W&J College, the eleventh oldest liberal arts institution in the nation, are enhanced by three heritage museums, a major public library and several theaters, which bring fine art and entertainment to the Washington community. The city contains four art galleries and cooperatives, as well as a contingent of coffee houses and local restaurants. There are 11 churches and a synagogue within six city blocks of First Baptist. Washington boasts a professional national baseball team, the Washington Wild Things, as well as a professional A-League soccer team, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. CONSOL Energy Park, the 5,000-seat stadium where the teams play, has held concerts with national performers such as the Counting Crows and Trace Atkins and entertained visits from presidential candidates like John McCain. In addition, the city regularly hosts the PONY League World Series, an international youth baseball league begun here in the 1950s. Natural sporting activities abound in Southwestern Pennsylvania, with hunting, fishing and outdoor sports opportunities in the city and county parks and outlying state preserves.

Washington County
Washington County is one of the most historical areas in the nation, with an emerging identity as a regional center for retail merchandising, and, in its northernmost township, as an outlying suburb of Pittsburgh. The county has an array of businesses with a blend of large, national and international corporations and small to medium-sized locally-owned businesses. At the juncture of the interstate highways, which is a stone's throw from the city's limits, national chains have installed their "big box" formats in record proportion, along with the customary restaurants and specialty retailers, while new cinema theaters have nearly tripled the available screens. The Meadows racetrack in Meadowlands has added a large, classy casino to its premises, while across the street, a national outlets mall was recently opened. The county is growing, both in its number of residents and employment opportunities, creating a booming economic area. Washington County offers the amenities of small town living with its affordable housing costs, low taxes, and excellent educational facilities - all conveniently accessible to big city activities in Pittsburgh.

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