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Up in the Air

This four-​part award-​winning series of articles offers a comprehensive look at air quality in southwestern Pennsylvania. The scope of the 14-​article series, winner of a national Folio award for regional journalism, ranges from the legacy of the region’s industrial past when Pittsburgh earned the reputation as the “Smoky City,” to the characteristics of…
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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 for the highest year-​over-​year growth of all benchmark regions at 4.1 percent.
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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 MSA’s robbery rate per 100,000 population in 2017 was 71.7, an decrease of 13.5 percent from 2016’s robbery rate of 82.9 per 100,000
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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 and the City of Pittsburgh both have comparatively low murder rates. The Pittsburgh MSA’s murder rate per 100,000 population in 2017 was 5.4,…
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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 MSA’s burglary rate per 100,000 population in 2017 was 256.2, a decrease of 17.2 percent from 2016’s burglary rate and the lowest rate…
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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 2017, the City of Pittsburgh ranked as the third-​safest city among the benchmark peers with a low overall crime rate of 3770.8 per 100,000 population. Violent crime and property…
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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 2017, the Pittsburgh MSA ranked as the safest metro area among the benchmark peers (who reported crime data) with a low overall crime rate of 1851.3 per 100,000 residents. Violent crime in the region…
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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, Pittsburgh’s trend has slowly improved. From 2011 to 2013, building permits increased by 1,649 units. In 2014, permits declined by 373, and then…
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Local Employment and Unemployment

Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 1 percent from 4.8 percent in January 2018 to 3.8 percent in January 2019. During that period, the number of people in the labor force increased by 5,500 while the number of unemployed decreased by 13,300. Within the region, Butler County held the lowest unemployment rate…
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Year-​Over-​Year Job Growth

The Pittsburgh region gained 6,400 jobs between February 2018 and February 2019, a .6 percent increase over the year. That percentage falls below the benchmark average of 1.2 percent growth and the third-​lowest of Pittsburgh Today’s benchmark regions. According to the preliminary numbers, in the 12-​month period, retail jobs declined by 3.7 percent…
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