Pittsburgh is a large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 302,971 people and 178 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 88.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pittsburgh is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pittsburgh who work in office and administrative support (10.41%), management occupations (9.82%), and sales jobs (8.12%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Pittsburgh telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.03% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
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 education level of Pittsburgh ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Pittsburgh, 45.40% 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 2018 was $35,093, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,372 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.