Growth in GDP

The Pittsburgh region’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.7 percent and had the fourth-highest rate of growth from 2016 to 2017. Pittsburgh’s per capita real GDP was tied with Austin …

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Local Employment and Unemployment

Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.6 percent in October 2019 to 7.2 percent in October 2020. During that period, the number of people in the labor force …

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All Crimes by MSA

Crime rates in the Pittsburgh MSA tend to be lower than those in most of our benchmark regions. In 2018, the Pittsburgh MSA ranked as the safest metro area among …

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All Crimes by Core City

Crime rates in the City of Pittsburgh tend to be lower than most of those in the core cities of our benchmark regions. In 2018, the City of Pittsburgh ranked …

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Murder Rate per 100K Population

Murder rates in cities are consistently higher than murder rates in regions. There are two groups of cities: high murder rate cities and low murder rate cities. The Pittsburgh region …

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Robbery Rate per 100K Population

While robbery rates fluctuate in a number of cities and regions, the local rates are relatively flat and low in both the region and the City of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh …

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Burglary Rate per 100K Population

Burglary rates for regions are consistently about half the rate of burglary for cities. The rates for the Pittsburgh region and the City of Pittsburgh are consistently low. The Pittsburgh …

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Year-Over-Year Job Growth

The Pittsburgh region lost about 86,000 jobs between October 2019 and October 2020, a 7.1 percent decrease over the year.  This fell below the benchmark average of a 6.3 percent …

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New Building Permits – Benchmark Regions

The number of permits issued for new privately owned residential construction is an excellent indicator of growth and economic vitality. After years of declining building permits that began in 2006, …

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Racial & Ethnic Diversity of Regions

Race and ethnicity patterns in the United States are significantly impacted by migration flows. Historically low migration rates into the Pittsburgh region have resulted in low overall diversity rates and …

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Housing Vacancy Rates

Vacancy rates in residential housing are a good barometer over time of the demand for shelter in a region. According to the Census, unoccupied housing units are considered vacant. Vacancy …

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Foreign Born Population

Pittsburgh has the smallest percentage of foreign-born residents of all the benchmark regions at 3.8 percent, down 0.1 percent from 2015. The percentage of Pittsburgh’s foreign-born population that arrived in …

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Median Household Income

Median household income increased 2.03 percent to reach $59,710 a year in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2018. Among the benchmark regions, Pittsburgh had the third-lowest median household income …

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Homeownership Rates

About 69.5 percent of residents in the Pittsburgh region own their home, the second-largest homeownership rate among all benchmark regions.

Annual Poverty Rates

Poverty rates in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area are below average when compared to the benchmark regions. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 10.8 percent of …

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Age of Population

Pittsburgh remains one of the oldest metropolitan regions in the nation. The selective out migration of younger workers shifted the age structure of the region in the 1980’s. Today the …

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Residential & County Migration

Residential migration data are a percentage of the population that lived in a different house one year earlier, while county data refers to the percentage of the population that lived …

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Average Weekly Wages – Benchmark Regions

Average weekly wages in the 7-county Pittsburgh metropolitan area in the third quarter of 2019 were $1,073, a year-over-year percent increase of 3.5 percent. That percentage was below the benchmark …

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Average Weekly Wages – Pittsburgh Region Counties

The figures below reveal the wide disparity in average weekly wages that exists in the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area. Allegheny County had the highest average weekly wages at $1,203 …

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Unemployment Rate

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area’s unemployment rate — seasonally adjusted — increased a total of  3.7 percentage points from September 2019 to September 2020 to 16.8 percent. Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate was …

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Change in Employment, Unemployment and Labor Force

The number of unemployed in the Pittsburgh MSA — seasonally adjusted — decreased by 23.1 percent in May 2018 compared to May 2017. The number of employed decreased by 0.2 …

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Year-Over-Year Bankruptcy Filings

The Pittsburgh region continues to experience fewer bankruptcies than many of its benchmark peers. With 1,792 bankruptcies in the 2nd quarter of 2019, less than the benchmark average of 2,767, …

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