Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh is a large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 304,391 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 88.09% 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 (12.87%), sales jobs (8.78%), and management occupations (8.60%).

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 that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on the local Pittsburgh culture, lifestyle and music scene. In fact, Pittsburgh is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. The combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Pittsburgh on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also provides a youthful feel and lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Believe it or not, Pittsburgh is one of the biggest "college towns" in America, generating lift to the economy of the entire region, and issuing forth thousands of newly-minted college students every spring, powering the innovation economy, the arts, and a lively club scene.

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 population of Pittsburgh is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.29% of adults in Pittsburgh have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pittsburgh in 2010 was $28,097, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,388 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 Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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