Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh is a large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 302,407 people and 191 constituent neighborhoods, Pittsburgh is the second largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Pittsburgh was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Pittsburgh is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pittsburgh is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pittsburgh who work in office and administrative support (11.91%), management occupations (9.14%), and sales jobs (8.35%).

Also of interest is that Pittsburgh has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Pittsburgh also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town. As often the case, having so many students around has a strong influence on the local culture. In fact, Pittsburgh is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns, making it one of the nation's prominent intellectual centers. In addition, the presence of thousands of college students gives Pittsburgh a sophisticated style, and provides lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Being a big "college town" not only means that Pittsburgh has a burgeoning arts, music, and nightclub scene, but the innovation sector of the local economy receives a great boost from both the intellectual output of the faculty and the thousands of enthusiastic students who graduate every spring.

This makes Pittsburgh a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Pittsburgh presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Pittsburgh is having a public transportation system, but in Pittsburgh the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Pittsburgh benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Pittsburgh ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Pittsburgh, 41.95% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Pittsburgh in 2010 was $30,397, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,588 for a family of four. However, Pittsburgh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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