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RE: Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000 who moved
Wed, 10/29/08 7:01 PM
Originally posted by Foodbme
Originally posted by ChiTownDiner
With 2 million less folks dining in Pittsburg, does this mean there are shorter lines or less choices?
While people have left the area, the total population has remained stable. There are still 2.3 million people in the Pittsburgh Metro Statistical Area.
The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area (also called Greater Pittsburgh), as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of seven counties in western Pennsylvania, anchored by the city of Pittsburgh. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 2,431,087 (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 2,355,712).
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,431,087 people, 995,505 households, and 652,196 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 89.77% (2,182,444) White, 7.86% (191,103) African American, 0.11% (2,668) Native American, 1.08% (26,209) Asian, 0.02% (552) Pacific Islander, 0.26% (6,250) from other races, and 0.90% (21,861) from two or more races. 0.72% (17,408) were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $35,908, and the median income for a family was $44,709. Males had a median income of $35,670 versus $23,993 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,897.
Thanks for the stats. There is still much present reason for pride in Pittsburgh.
Mine grows from the fact that one can go to the top of the tallest building in New York, traverse the nation on rail, and drive across San Francisco Bay supported by the product of our fathers and grandfathers. Even our very freedom is made possible from this singular city of our births' producing more steel than the Axis powers combined - to say nothing of the Unertal rifle and bomb sights being made and the parts for "Little Man" and "Fat Boy" being machined.
I titled this thread about the 2,000,000 who moved yet still consider themselves "Pittsburghers". Following is the statistical (and heuristic) basis for this.
In 1970, for economic reasons, I took the decision to live someplace other than my beloved Pittsburgh. The census that year had Greater Pittsburgh and (what became) the DFW Metroplex about the same population. Metro DC where I settled then was slightly larger.
Presently, the DFW is 6.2, DC Metro 5.3, and, as you noted, Greater Pgh 2.4. DFW is now #4 "with a bullet", behind Chicago and past Philly; PGH is now at #22 sandwiched between Denver and Portland.
Worse, DFW with 2.7 times the population of PGH produces over 4 times the Gross Metropolitan Product!
We left DC for DFW in 2005 at the height of the housing silliness, trading a circa 1953 2,000 sf rancher for a 1995 3,400 sf colonial on more land, pocketing $600k in the process.
As I mentioned above, the four children my wives birthed in "Redskin Country" somehow consider themselves to be Pittsburghers - part of the (at least) 2,000,000 who left.
I write through tears seeing with eyes that will forever remember the Monongehela and the Ohio being filled - and the night lit - with the fires that brought us freedom and later preserved it.
So, I remember with a sad heart that bleeds, now and forever, black and gold. And FIRE