Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh is a large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 301,048 people and 191 constituent neighborhoods, Pittsburgh is the second largest community in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Pittsburgh have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Pittsburgh is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Pittsburgh, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Pittsburgh is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.

Not only is Pittsburgh a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Pittsburgh is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Pittsburgh a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Pittsburgh is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

Pittsburgh is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Pittsburgh really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Pittsburgh citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Pittsburgh ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Pittsburgh a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The citizens of Pittsburgh are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.95% of adults in Pittsburgh have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.