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Pittsburgh Today and Tomorrow 2019

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Pittsburgh Today and Tomorrow 2018

In this 2018 Pittsburgh Today & Tomorrow report, we compare the seven-​county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area with regions across the country in key quality of life measures.

Nobody Home: The Rise of Vacancy

In this seven-​part series of articles, Pittsburgh Today takes an in-​depth look at the quiet crisis of vacancy and blight in southwestern Pennsylvania, the state and the nation, reporting on the people and places affected, its social and financial impacts, the strategies that have failed to stem the problem and the innovative solutions…

Regional Energy Use

In a region where coal was once king, nearly half of the electricity consumed today is generated from non-​carbon sources. Yet, wind, solar and other renewable sources claim a tiny fraction of the local energy portfolio.

Regional Crime

When Pittsburgh rises to the top of various “best places to live” lists, one indicator often cited is the region’s relative safety as measured by crime rates, which typically are among the lowest of U.S. metropolitan areas.

Regional Housing Trends

More southwestern Pennsylvanians have been able to find housing that fits their budgets in the past decade, despite steadily rising home values and rents. But there are stark disparities in the affordability of housing across income levels.

Regional Poverty

Poverty remains a stubborn problem for most regions in the United States and southwestern Pennsylvania is no exception.

Combined Sewage Overflow

Abundant annual rainfall leaves southwestern Pennsylvania in a fortunate position as much of the world grapples with the prospect of a shortage of fresh water. But effective stewardship to protect the quality of its rivers and streams has not been the region’s strong suit.

Infant Mortality Trends

Infant mortality remains a serious public health issue in the region, nation and around the world. Local data, however, is encouraging.

Environmental Ethic

The environmental ethic among southwestern Pennsylvanians is complex, data reported in the Pittsburgh Regional Environmental survey suggest.
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