Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh is a large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 303,625 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 88.47% 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 (12.38%), management occupations (8.68%), and sales jobs (8.41%).

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.

Pittsburgh, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Pittsburgh are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

Pittsburgh is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.73% of adults in Pittsburgh have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Pittsburgh in 2010 was $29,196, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,784 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.