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. 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 88.09% 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.

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.

The education level of Pittsburgh citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.