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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 in a different county one year earlier. The Pittsburgh region has low rates of residential and county migration.
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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 in 2017. The percentage of Pittsburgh’s foreign-​born population that arrived in the United States in 2010 or later, however, was 33.2 percent in 2016, up .1 percent from the year before. International immigration has been comparatively low…
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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, 11.0 percent of Pittsburgh residents were below the poverty level in 2017, an increase of .2 percent compared to 2016 and the second-​largest increase of all…
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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 impact is being felt not only in terms of the disproportionate elderly population, but also in the loss of people from the follow-​on…
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Median Household Income by Race & Ethnicity

Median household income increased 4.4 percent to reach $58,521 a year in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2017. Among the benchmark regions, Pittsburgh had the second-​lowest median household income above Detroit and Cleveland. Median household income is a measure of standard of living. Examining the median household income over time can help…
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Tri-​State Wells Drilled Map

No subject has attracted the attention of the Pittsburgh region as has the explosion of interest in deep-​well gas drilling into the Marcellus Formation, a shale formation thousands of feet below the land surface. The map below from Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research shows wells drilled in the tri-​state region…
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PA Drilling Permits Map

No subject has attracted the attention of the Pittsburgh Region as has the explosion of interest in deep-​well gas drilling into the Marcellus Formation, a shale formation thousands of feet below the land surface. The map below from Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research shows drilling permits issued over time.
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Unemployment Rate

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area’s unemployment rate — seasonally adjusted — decreased a total of 0.8 percentage points from July 2016 to July 2017 to 4.9 percent. Pittsburgh’s jobless rate was higher than the benchmark average of 3.7 percent and was the second-​highest unemployment rate of all benchmark regions in July. This data…
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Travel Time Index

Time lost in one year by an average traveler is an excellent measure of road congestion. The Urban Mobility Report measures average daily delays on key arterial roads during prime commuting hours. The data are compiled by the Texas Transportation Institute. The index on “travel time” is the difference between the time on…
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GDP — Annual Percent Change

Three regions (Denver, Minneapolis and St. Louis) outpaced Pittsburgh in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth between 2001 and 2008. However, many regions, including Pittsburgh, experienced a decline in GDP in 2009 followed by a sharp increase in 2010 and further growth in 2011. In recent years, the Pittsburgh region dipped below the benchmark…
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