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Total Exports

The U.S. Department of Commerce publishes information on exports for major Metropolitan Statistical Areas of the United States. Data for 2017 show an 17 percent…

Average Annual Pay

Although Pittsburgh has trailed benchmark regions in average annual pay for many years, that gap is narrowing. Average annual pay increased by 3.6 percent between…

Housing Vacancy Rates — Benchmark Regions

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…

Annual Educational Attainment

The ability of a region to successfully educate its residents is a vital measure of Sustainability. The data here give a rough picture of how…

Burglary Rate per 100K Population

Measures of crime indicate not only public safety, but also social cohesion. As such, crime is an important measure of sustainability. Burglary rates are a…

GDP — Annual Trend

All benchmark regions exhibited positive movement in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2001 to 2008. However, in 2009, many of them, including Pittsburgh, experienced a…
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