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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 decline in 2009, followed by a steady increase from 2009 to 2015, a slight decline in 2016 then an increase in 2017. GDP by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)…
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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 proxy for overall crime. Burglary is a property crime that also can indicate violent crime. Burglary rates for regions are consistently about half the rate of burglary for…
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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 local educational achievement levels compare in nine separate categories with other regions according to the latest data available from the American Community Survey. These are 1-​year estimates for…
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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 units are considered vacant. Vacancy status is determined by the terms under which the unit may be occupied, e.g., for rent, for sale, or for seasonal use only.…
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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 2010 and 2011, 3.5 percent between 2011 and 2012 and 1.8 percent between 2012 and 2013, the largest year-​over-​year increase of all benchmark regions that year. Pittsburgh’s average…
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Average Weekly Wages

Average weekly wages in the 7-​county Pittsburgh metropolitan area in 2016 were $1,015, a year-​over-​year percent decrease of 0.4 percent. The region’s average weekly wages were below the benchmark average of $1,092. Pittsburgh was the only region to experience a year-​over-​year decline in average weekly wages among the benchmark regions. .
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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 increase in exports from the Pittsburgh region compared to total exports from in 2016 – the highest percent change among our benchmark regions. Coal, steel and chemicals are the Pittsburgh…
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Annual Bankruptcy Filings

The Pittsburgh region continues to experience dramatically fewer bankruptcies than its benchmark peers. With just 7,089 bankruptcies in 2017, Pittsburgh is lower than all benchmark regions except Charlotte, which had 4,216 total bankruptcies.
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Annual Population Estimates — Pittsburgh Region Counties

The US Census Bureau each year publishes annual estimates of total resident population as well as the demographic components of change (births, deaths, and migration) for states, counties, metropolitan statistical areas and municipalities. In the United States, births and deaths are recorded with relative accuracy and completeness. The Census Bureau estimates two sub-​components…
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Annual Population Estimates

The US Census Bureau each year publishes annual estimates of total resident population as well as the demographic components of change (births, deaths, and migration) for states, counties, metropolitan statistical areas and municipalities. In the United States, births and deaths are recorded with relative accuracy and completeness. The Census Bureau estimates two sub-​components…
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