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.
City of Washington
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.
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.