Pittsburgh Stats

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Month: November 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Poverty Rate in Pittsburgh Below National Level

An estimated 12.3% of residents in the Pittsburgh metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 13.2%. Pittsburgh has the seventh lowest poverty rate of any Pennsylvania metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between living […]

Why Quality of Life is Better in Pennsylvania

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more objective socioeconomic factors also contribute to life satisfaction. It is such quantitative measures that can help assess the broader quality of life in a given […]

Why College Graduates in Pennsylvania Have More Student Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Independence Blue Cross is the Largest Private Company in Pennsylvania

Going public is often regarded as the final step in a private company’s growth. While a public offering streamlines fund-raising activities and offers many other advantages, many owners prefer to keep control of their companies. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from company data reviewer PrivCo to identify the largest company in each state. Based on […]

State College is the Drunkest City in Pennsylvania

Alcohol abuse cost the United States $250 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs include health care expenses associated with alcohol consumption as well as estimated lost productivity. Binge drinking was related to three-quarters of the total cost. Residents of different states report different […]

Commutes in Pittsburgh Similar to National Average

The average resident of the Pittsburgh metro area spends 26.6 minutes commuting to work, roughly equivalent to both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 26.8 minutes. Pittsburgh residents have the fourth longest commute of any metro area in Pennsylvania. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

Pittsburgh Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 18.9% of adults in the Pittsburgh metro area smoke, higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 19.9% statewide smoking rate. The Pittsburgh smoking rate is the tenth lowest in Pennsylvania. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

Violent Crime in Pennsylvania Below National Level

Violence in the United States has steadily declined for several decades. While the violent crime rate has fallen considerably — from 685 incidents reported per 100,000 Americans in 1995 to the current rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 — the national violent crime rate rose 3.0% last year. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates […]

Pittsburgh’s Robbery Rate No Higher Than the Average U.S. City

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

Pittsburgh No More Crowded Than the Average U.S. City

There are 2,991 people per square mile in the Pittsburgh metro area, lower than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Pittsburgh also has the sixth highest population density of any Pennsylvania metro area. Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. […]

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