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  1. Pittsburgh MSA's Total Personal Income stands at $91,790 (millions) for 2006. It increased by 4.4% from 2004-2005 and 5.5% from 2005-2006. 1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA $910,760 2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA $505,197 3. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI $391,262 4. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $270,903 5. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD $250,482 6. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX $235,277 7. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA $233,248 8. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX $229,517 9. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH $223,140 10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL $216,523 11. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA $184,186 12. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI $170,600 13. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA $144,337 14. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI $138,735 15. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ $136,972 16. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA $125,885 17. Baltimore-Towson, MD $115,770 18. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA $111,869 19. Denver-Aurora, CO $106,706 20. St. Louis, MO-IL $104,202 21. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $95,671 22. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL $94,311 23. Pittsburgh, PA $91,790 24. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA $79,399 25. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH $78,371 26. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA $77,056 27. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN $76,521 28. Kansas City, MO-KS $74,266 29. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL $65,459 30. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $64,743 31. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV $64,543 32. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN $63,058 33. Columbus, OH $62,698 34. San Antonio, TX $62,110 35. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI $60,876 36. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC $60,508 37. Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA $59,967 38. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC $57,062 39. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN $56,026 40. Austin-Round Rock, TX $54,955 41. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT $52,540 42. Jacksonville, FL $46,314 43. Richmond, VA $45,122 44. Memphis, TN-MS-AR $44,758 45. Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN $43,257 46. Birmingham-Hoover, AL $41,399 47. Oklahoma City, OK $41,278 48. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA $39,290 49. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY $38,335 50. Raleigh-Cary, NC $36,905
  2. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Pittsburgh has surpassed Detroit and vaulted into the Top 50 MSAs ranked by Per Capita Income. Pittsburgh's PCI increased by 6.0% from 2005-2006 compared to 4.9% from 2004-2005. http://bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/mpi/mpi_newsrelease.htm Pittsburgh MSA ranks 48th out of the 380 or so MSAs. Rank, Metropolitan Area, Per Capita Income, Annual Growth Rate 1 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $71,901 +6.9% 2 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA $55,801 +6.2% 3 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $53,533 +6.1% 4 Naples-Marco Island, FL $53,265 +7.6% 5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-MD-VA-WV $51,207 +5.2% 6 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA $50,085 +6.2% 7 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL $49,305 +6.7% 8 Trenton-Ewing, NJ $48,964 +6.6% 9 New York-Northern-New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA $48,397 +6.9% 10 Boulder, CO $48,324 +5.4% 11 Napa, CA $46,286 +6.0% 12 Barnstable Town, MA $46,258 +5.2% 13 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA $45,849 +7.5% 14 Casper, WY $45,814 +10.5% 15 Midland, TX $45,274 +10.8% 16 Denver-Aurora, CO $44,299 +4.6% 17 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA $44,228 +6.3% 18 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT $44,194 +4.3% 19 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL $44,042 +5.9% 20 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, MN $43,696 +3.8% 21 Baltimore-Towson, MD $43,549 +5.4% 22 Reno-Sparks, NV $43,209 +4.7% 23 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD $42,988 +5.6% 24 San Diego-Carslbad-San Marcos, CA $42,797 +5.5% 25 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA $42,738 +5.7% 26 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA $42,385 +4.7% 27 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA $42,342 +4.9% 28 Manchester-Nashua, NH $41,895 +5.1% 29 Ocean City, NJ $41,651 +5.3% 30 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX $41,429 +5.7% 31 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI $41,161 +5.7% 32 New Haven-Milford, CT $41,094 +5.0% 33 Norwich-New London-CT $41,019 +4.4% 34 Madison, WI $40,671 +4.3% 35 Santa Fe, NM $40,500 +6.8% 36 Ann Arbor, MI $40,381 +1.7% 37 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI $40,316 +5.6% 38 Anchorage, AK $40,137 +4.5% 39 Carson City, NV $39,958 +5.4% 40 Cheyenne, WY $39,936 +8.7% 41 Miami-Ft Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL $39,628 +5.7% 42 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA $39,579 +4.9% 43 Pittsfield, MA $39,463 +5.0% 44 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA $39,448 +5.4% 45 Dallas-Ft Worth-Arlington, TX $39,187 +5.3% 46 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA $39,011 +6.2% 47 Worcester, MA $38,814 +5.3% 48 Pittsburgh, PA $38,717 +6.0% 49 Rochester, MN $38,715 +3.2% 50 Honolulu, HI $38,689 +5.1% Other notables: 51 Nashville 55 Charlotte 57 Detroit 59 Indianapolis 62 Kansas City 69 St. Louis 72 Portland 73 Raleigh 74 Cleveland 77 Harrisburg 78 Cincinnati 80 Columbus 81 Las Vegas 89 Atlanta 107 Tampa 131 Phoenix 136 Buffalo 146 Orlando
  3. The view from my apartment in Pittsburgh
  4. Downtown Pittsburgh a few nights ago
  5. The appropriately-named Pittsburgh Future website/blog has an excellent analysis of the regional economy here: http://www.pittsburghfuture.com/downloads/...onaleconomy.pdf Much like anything concerning Pittsburgh... it's easy to look at one raw number... like raw population growth or raw job growth and think this region is falling apart. But if you look into the numbers and actually do some analysis... you'll get a different picture. The data used is from 1999-2005... the trends would look a bit better if 2006 data was included... since 2006 was our best year "economically" since before the 9/11 economic contraction that hit our region hard (9000 US Airways jobs lost, for example). Why do we have such sluggish raw job growth? The primary reason is due to the aftershocks of the 150,000 steel jobs lost in the 80s and the resulting population exodus. We are losing jobs in sectors that depend on population growth... creating a bit of a downward spiral. These include public sector jobs, transportation jobs (USAir again), construction and distrubution centers. As Pittsburgh Future states, 1/3 of all jobs created nationally in this period were GOVERNMENT JOBS (amazing!)... half of these are public school jobs... which Pittsburgh is obviously not adding due to stagnant population. In fact, Pittsburgh had a net loss of government jobs. The following declining sectors are considered "population-dependent sectors": As Pittsburgh Future states, "When a region is growing, more buildings are built, more people shop, more kids go to public schools and more public services are needed." If you take away those 4 population-dependent sectors... Pittsburgh's job growth has actually exceeded the national average: As for the much-ballyhooed manufacturing decline... every region is experiencing it... and Pittsburgh is certainly not the worst Health care and Higher Education are leading the way in our high-wage job growth Low wage growth sectors. The tourism sector continues to boom: We exceed most other regions in rate of growth for science and engineering jobs. These 6000 new jobs pay an average of 50% more than the overall average for the region: 7300 new health care jobs also pay 50% more than regional average: We lost 18,000 management jobs, however : As Pittsburgh Future says, "Slow Population Growth Will Continue to Make Overall Job Growth Look Slow" hopefully we can keep creating more good jobs in high-wage sectors so that we eventually do see population growth and a growth in employment in population-dependent sectors... though it's important to note that most population-dependent jobs are low wage jobs Pittsburgh Future also backs up what I said previously about the roots of our population decline: "Slow population growth does not mean that the region is an undesirable place for young people - contrary to popular myth, the Pittsburgh Region's population remains stagnant because of low birth rate and low international immigration, not because of continuing outmigration of young people. The low birth rate today is due to the outmigration of young people 20 years ago following the collapse of the steel industry - when they left the region, they took their future children and grandchildren with them. Although the Pittsburgh Region still has net domestic outmigration, so do most other regions..." It's important to note... that despite population decline and sluggish overall job growth... the Pittsburgh Region's "Per Capita Personal Income" has rapidly increased over the past decade... which correlates to our growth in key high-wage sectors. In 2004, the Pittsburgh Economic Area (which includes the 10-county SWPA region plus Wheeling metro and Weirton-Steubenville metro) had a Per Capita Personal Income at 100% the national average. The annual growth rate of PCPI for the Pittsburgh EA from 1994-2004 was 4.3% compared to 4.1% nationally. Over this period, we became a "higher-wage" region in comparison to national trends. However, despite impressive wage growth... our sluggish population and job growth resulted in a rate of growth in Total Personal Income less than the national average. http://www.bea.gov/regional/bearfacts/acti...amp;yearin=2004
  6. I just feel like bumping this in case anybody wants to use it as a resource.
  7. The Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
  8. One of my favorites... Hall & Oates - "I Can't Go For That"
  9. I don't mean to burst in on the Nashville forum... but I was reading your thread and thought I'd clarify a few things. Heckles summed up many of the issues concerning PIT quite well. PIT currently is USAirway's largest "focus city". It previously was USAir's largest hub. USAir was founded in Pittsburgh as Allegheny Air. The "city as a whole" has had nothing to do with the decline in passenger traffic at PIT. While the total passenger traffic has seen a drastic decline, this is entirely due to the lack of connecting traffic due to USAir's cuts. Origin & Destination traffic at PIT has seen healthy increases every year, especially lately... in response to dramatically lower fares due to USAir's retrenchment. Many low-cost carriers, such as Southwest, have finally arrived at PIT. The negatives: USAir slashing thousands of Pittsburgh jobs Loss of hundreds of flights Loss of trans-atlantic flights Loss of retail business at PIT's revolutionary AirMall Underutilization of one of the country's best and largest airports The benefits: Decrease in fares (once one of the most expensive airports to fly out of... now below the average for major US airports) Greater diversity of airlines to choose from Increase in O&D traffic (people are no longer driving to Cleveland for cheaper flights)
  10. Your wish is my command. These people are standing in front of a block of dilapidated buildings currently undergoing deconstruction. On this site will rise, 3 PNC Plaza, a 23-story mixed-use tower that is designed to meet LEED "green construction" standards.
  11. well, I had a nice reply all ready to submit when my IE crashed... d'oh... anyways... i'll just leave at this... you're not disagreeing with me, urbanophile... I stated in my original post "The lack of blue-collar opportunities is why Latino immigrants have not been attracted to Pittsburgh". Regardless of how blue-collar Pittsburgh is (what I mean by that... is percentage of workforce in blue-collar occupations)... Pittsburgh has a dearth of blue-collar opportunities due to a widespeard erosion of its industrial base. The growth in regional manufacturing has been exclusively within smaller-scale high-tech manufacturing.
  12. According to Census Estimates... immigration has picked up in the Pittsburgh Metro from 2000 to 2005. Here's how Pittsburgh's immigrant population stacked up against other Northeast Metros over 1 million. It's shocking that in 2000, Pittsburgh had less immigrants than a place like Rochester, NY...a stagnant metro half its size. Hartford and Providence are also much smaller... but have large immigrant populations because they're coastal cities near places like Boston and NYC. The interior Northeast has seen the least immigration of any region in the country. Total Immigrant Populations in Major Northeast Metros (2000 Census) 1. New York CMSA 5,182,255 2. Washington-Baltimore CMSA 980,621 3. Boston CMSA 721,060 4. Philadelphia CMSA 433,919 5. Providence MSA 142,784 6. Hartford MSA 120,355 7. Rochester MSA 62,794 8. Pittsburgh MSA 62,286 9. Buffalo MSA 51,381 Now according to Census 2005 Estimates... Pittsburgh has made a nice increase... while Rochester's immigrant population has actually declined (also, Albany has been added to the million plus list) TOTAL FOREGN-BORN IMMIGRANT POPULATION, 2005 1. New York City 5,523,899 2. Washington-Baltimore 1,212,256 3. Boston 809,213 4. Philadelphia 495,590 5. Providence 198,286 6. Hartford 132,467 7. Pittsburgh 67,081 8. Rochester 61,712 9. Buffalo 54,061 10. Albany 52,536 the numbers are small... but positive change is starting to happen... NEW IMMIGRANTS ENTERED SINCE 2000, AS OF 2005 1. New York City 1,011,514 2. Washington-Baltimore 326,008 3. Boston 202,486 4. Philadelphia 139,293 5. Providence 34,665 6. Hartford 25,750 7. Pittsburgh 17,111 8. Rochester 12,943 9. Albany 12,784 10. Buffalo 11,229 Where do the immigrants come from? Well... most of the new ones are from Asia (Pittsburgh has a relatively large Indian population)... and the old ones are mostly from Europe (though there has been recent immigration from Russia). Latin immigration is increasing but is still insignificant, though the beginnings of a "Latin community" are forming in Beechview. TOTAL EUROPE IMMIGRANTS, 2005 1. New York City 1,109,407 2. Boston 174,101 3. Washington-Baltimore 142,876 4. Philadelphia 121,068 5. Providence 78,461 6. Hartford 46,353 7. Pittsburgh 26,943 8. Rochester 22,805 9. Buffalo 21,338 10. Albany 16,871 TOTAL ASIA IMMIGRANTS, 2005 1. New York City 1,419,453 2. Washington-Baltimore 441,370 3. Boston 237,417 4. Philadelphia 184,612 5. Hartford 29,823 6. Pittsburgh 28,052 7. Providence 27,228 8. Albany 19,833 9. Buffalo 18,094 10. Rochester 16,850 TOTAL AFRICA IMMIGRANTS, 2005 1. New York City 200,204 2. Washington-Baltimore 152,421 3. Boston 57,296 4. Philadelphia 42,305 5. Providence 20,044 6. Rochester 5,754 7. Hartford 3,600 8. Pittsburgh 3,192 9. Buffalo 3,118 10. Albany 1,582 TOTAL OCEANIA IMMIGRANTS, 2005 1. New York City 16,042 2. Washington-Baltimore 4,290 3. Boston 2,818 4. Philadelphia 1,269 5. Pittsburgh 597 6. Albany 267 7. Rochester 139 8. Buffalo 116 9. Hartford 66 10. Providence 45 TOTAL LATIN AMERICA IMMIGRANTS, 2005 1. New York City 2,720,441 2. Washington-Baltimore 454,730 3. Boston 299,438 4. Philadelphia 136,548 5. Providence 67,597 6. Hartford 44,473 7. Albany 12,311 8. Rochester 10,705 9. Pittsburgh 5,118 10. Buffalo 4,974 TOTAL NORTHERN AMERICA IMMIGRANTS, 2005 1. New York City 57,352 2. Boston 38,143 3. Washington-Baltimore 16,569 4. Philadelphia 9,788 5. Hartford 8,152 6. Buffalo 6,421 7. Rochester 5,459 8. Providence 4,911 9. Pittsburgh 3,197 10. Albany 1,762
  13. I posted my thoughts on similar issues on another forum recently... so I'll just paste them here. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=112799 Yes, the popular perception is that people flee Pittsburgh in droves... when in fact, the Pittsburgh Metro has one of the lowest rates of domestic out-migration of any major metro in the country. Pittsburgh also has one of the lowest rates of domestic in-migration, however... which was slightly lower than its out-migration rate (most major metros experience a domestic migration deficit). In addition, Metro Pittsburgh exhibits a higher death rate than birth rate. This is due to the area's unusually high percentage of seniors. This is a hangover effect from the 80s, where for a few years people really did leave Pittsburgh at a catastrophic rate due to the steel mill closures. There are various reasons why Pittsburgh has not been a part of the recent wave of Latino immigration. Amongst these is, contrary to popular perception, Pittsburgh is now one of the least "blue-collar" areas in the country. The lack of blue-collar opportunities, is one big reason IMO that Latinos have not been attracted here. However, Pittsburgh does have the most highly educated population of immigrants. Skilled workers come from Europe, India, Asia and other regions to work at Pittsburgh's hospitals, universities and high-tech companies. As for the "fastest growing" immigrant group in Pittsburgh? I don't really know. Pittsburgh is one of the few regions where you're more likely to meet an immigrant from Europe than from Latin America. Russian immigration has been pretty strong... Russians Jews settling in Squirrel Hill has given that neighborhood the nickname "Moscow on the Mon". I don't have numbers, but I do believe Latin American immigration has been increasing steadily to Pittsburgh. The neighborhood of Beechview has attracted a large Mexican population and there are several Mexican businesses on the main corridor there. Despite the stigma of population loss that everyone likes to obsess about... Pittsburgh's economy has grown every year since the death of steel in the 80s. Pittsburgh wage growth has far surpassed the national average in the past 15 years. The city population is smaller, but much wealthier than ever before. However, it would be really nice if Pittsburgh could attract more people... domestic and international. this was my second post in thread: firstly... Florida, Phoenix, etc are top markets for people relocating not only from Pittsburgh... but from everywhere... people migrate from one place to another all over the country... but when someone from Pittsburgh moves elsewhere... it's national news! secondly, to cure Pittsburgh's illness... it is imperative to make an accurate diagnosis... Pittsburgh does not suffer from an exceptional domestic out-migration rate (which goes against popular perception)... in fact, it's domestic out-migration is amongst the lowest of any major region in the US. The problem is that Pittsburgh also has one of the lowest in-migration rates... a rate lower than it's outmigration. Most major regions experience a domestic migration deficit, however. The big gainers in recent years are exurban counties on the periphery, small to mid-size metros and select attractive rural areas. Even Seattle, Miami and Baltimore has domestic migration deficits. The exceptions are places like Phoenix, Tampa and Atlanta. This pdf file features a chart that shows what I'm talking about... it's a bit outdated but it is the best graphical representation of this phenomenon that I could find. Go to page 3. http://www.smartpolicy.org/pdf/pitmigration.pdf In addition to its domestic migration deficit (which I emphasize... is not due to the popular perception of young people fleeing in droves), Pittsburgh has been one of the least successful major regions in attracting international migrants. In fact, only Cincinnati has a smaller percentage of population comprised of international migrants. The other major reason for Pittsburgh's population decline is that deaths have outnumbered births for about 15 years. This is a hangover affect from the 80s, when a huge proportion of 20-somethings left the Pittsburgh region. Steel mills shuttered and the region lost 120,000 jobs. Young workers were the first to get the axe due to lack of tenure, and these young adults had to seek work elsewhere in the country. This is the main demographic that would have been having children throughout the 90s until today. Pittsburgh experienced a catastrophic net domestic migration loss of 50,000 for several years in the 80s. These charts help to explain the population loss. The Pittsburgh Metro's population peaked in 1970. It's decline accelerated in the 80s when the industrial base was destroyed. The decline slowed throughout the 90s and today. Click the link... http://www.briem.com/PghEcon/PghEcon26_files/slide0029.htm This chart shows the incredible decline in manufacturing jobs in the Pittsburgh region during the early 80s. This correlates to the drastic population decline of the same period. As you can see, manufacturing remained steady in the 90s. Click the link... http://www.briem.com/PghEcon/PghEcon15_files/slide0008.htm This chart shows the difference in unemployment rate between Pittsburgh the National average. As you can see, the decline in manufacturing resulted in a sky-high unemployment differential, which meant that people had to move to find work. It's also interesting to note that the rate of change in unemployment has become much less volatile in Pittsburgh's post-steel economy. This chart shows the percentage of population 65 and older. Part of the increase over the years is due to increase in life expectancy... which has occured everywhere. However, the Pittsburgh Region has one of the highest percentage of population 65 and older in the country... this is due to its unique population trends. The catastrophic loss of young adults in the 80s meant that an unusually high percentage of those remaining in the Pittsburgh Region were seniors. This is why deaths have outpaced births in recent years, which is a major contributor to the population decline. As the chart shows, in recent years, the senior percentage has decreased as there has been a considerable "die-off" of people this age. The population demographic is starting to become a little more normal. Click the link... http://www.briem.com/PghEcon/PghEcon27_files/slide0026.htm To learn more about these issues... check out these links: Population Migration In The Pittsburgh Region The Roots of Pittsburgh's Population Drain International Gateway Communities In Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Neighborhood Migration Trends Pittsburgh College Students Choosing to Stay in City in Increasing Numbers
  14. I can't stand it when a powerline gets in the way when I'm trying to take a long-distance skyline shot... but I don't see them as a bad thing at all when it comes to street-level neighborhood shots... I welcome the urban clutter.
  15. The shot wouldn't be half as cool without the powerlines. Powerlines give a sense of "urban enclosure".
  16. Pittsburgh's Polish Hill neighborhood
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