Pittsburg, KS
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Pittsburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 20,409 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Pittsburg is the 22nd largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pittsburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pittsburg is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pittsburg who work in office and administrative support (12.91%), sales jobs (11.05%), and teaching (8.75%).

Because Pittsburg has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Pittsburg lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Pittsburg is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Pittsburg people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.74 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Pittsburg is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.60% of adults in Pittsburg have a college degree.

The per capita income in Pittsburg in 2010 was $18,307, which is low income relative to Kansas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,228 for a family of four. However, Pittsburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Pittsburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.48% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Pittsburg is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pittsburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pittsburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Pittsburg include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Pittsburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.