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Whitaker is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is on the Monongahela River 3 miles (5 km) upriver from Pittsburgh. The population was 1,271 at the 2010 census.
The borough is named for James Whitaker, a pioneer settler. Whitaker was incorporated January 4, 1904, from part of the former Mifflin Township.
Whitaker is located at 40°23′58″N 79°53′12″W (40.399376, -79.886627).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), of which 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 11.76%, is water.
Whitaker has two land borders, including Munhall to the northwest and West Mifflin to the south and east. Across the Monongahela River to the northeast are the boroughs of Braddock and Rankin, the latter with a direct connector via Rankin Bridge.
At the 2000 census there were 1,338 people in 560 households, including 384 families, in the borough. The population density was 4,427.0 people per square mile (1,722.0/km²). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 2,051.4 per square mile (797.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.65% White, 5.01% African American, 0.60% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52%.
There were 560 households, 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families.