Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population 2021

299,718
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Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania and has the largest metropolitan combined statistical area in the Ohio Valley and Appalachia. Known as the Steel City for its 300 steel-based businesses and the City of Bridges for a world-record 446 bridges, Pittsburgh has earned the title of the "most livable city" by Forbes and The Economist and a reputation for its environmental design.

This may seem at odds until you consider that Pittsburgh's city limits are virtually unchanged from a century ago, while other cities like Houston, Phoenix, and San Diego keep annexing their suburbs and gaining land area. The last time Pittsburgh expanded its city boundaries was in 1907.

If Pittsburgh expanded its city limits to around the same area as any other city in the top 10, its population would grow from around 300,000 to over one million, and it would become the 9th most populous city in the US, a massive jump from 56.

That means that while Pittsburgh seems to be shrinking on paper, it's growing quite massive as more people move to the suburbs. The city population density is now at 5,540 people per square mile (2,140/square kilometer). The urban area is home to 1.733 million, the metro area has 2.36 million, and the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) has an estimated 2.62 million in 2013.

Pittsburgh Population and Diversity

According to the 2010 Census, Pittsburgh experienced an 8.6% drop in population. On paper, the city has been shrinking since the 1960s, and hasn't seen growth above 1% since 1930, although this is due, in part, to its unchanging city limits.

The largest white ancestry groups in Pittsburgh include German (19.7%), Irish (15.8%), Italian (11.8%), Polish (8.4%) and English (4.6). The metropolitan area as a whole is 22% German, 21% Irish and 12% Italian. This means Pittsburgh has one of the largest Italian communities in the United States. It also has the largest Croatian community at over 200,000 and the 5th largest Ukrainian population in the US.

Pittsburgh Population Growth

While known for its steel-dominant industries, Pittsburgh has started to branch out and transition from manufacturing dependence to a more diverse economy. This could be the opportunity it needs to get away from the slump its population has seen over the past 60 years. After many decades, it seems Pittsburgh may be the latest boomtown in the United States.

In 2012, Forbes called Pittsburgh the "comeback city," as it's actually started to reverse population decline. Forbes pointed to the fact that Allegheny County had reversed its decline between 2005, when it was down 1,000 taxpayers according to the IRS, to 2009, when more had moved into the country than out.

This means both out-migration and natural decline could be at an end, and it means Pittsburgh may soon see a population that gets younger. From 2000 to 2010, its median age dropped from 35.5 to 33.2.

It's still too early to predict Pittsburgh's population at the next census in 2020, but there has been a drop of approximately 3,000 people as of 2017.

Pittsburgh Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Pittsburgh was:

  • White: 66.80%
  • Black or African American: 23.03%
  • Asian: 5.82%
  • Two or more races: 3.51%
  • Other race: 0.63%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 299,718based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 300,570.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 305,704.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20212,307,490-5,060-0.22%
20202,312,550-5,050-0.22%
20192,317,600-5,050-0.22%
20182,322,650-6,350-0.27%
20172,329,000-11,220-0.48%
20162,340,220-7,540-0.32%
20152,347,760-8,430-0.36%
20142,356,190-3,610-0.15%
20132,359,800-640-0.03%
20122,360,440200.00%
20112,360,4203,3300.14%
20102,357,0900.00%

Pittsburgh Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White201,86766.80%
Black or African American69,58923.03%
Asian17,5745.82%
Two or More Races10,5973.51%
Some Other Race1,8980.63%
American Indian and Alaska Native5490.18%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1310.04%
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Pittsburgh Population By Race

Pittsburgh Population Pyramid 2021

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Pittsburgh Median Age

32.9


Total

32


Male

34.1


Female

Pittsburgh Adults

There are 256,704 adults, (44,486 of whom are seniors) in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Age Dependency

42.4

Age Dependency Ratio

21

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Pittsburgh Sex Ratio

Mujer

154,429

51.10%

Masculino

147,776

48.90%

Pittsburgh Population by Age

Pittsburgh Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Pittsburgh Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75%25%
Masculino52.8%47.2%
All47.2%52.8%
Mujer40.9%59.1%
Non Family35.2%64.8%

47.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Pittsburgh Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All138,0582.0247.2
Non Family79,8061.3435.2
Married37,0712.9175
Mujer16,1693.0940.9
Masculino5,0122.8752.8

2.87

Average Family Size

2.02

Average Household Size

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Pittsburgh Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,9451.91%
9th to 12th Grade10,6105.15%
High School Graduate52,44425.45%
Some College31,04115.06%
Associates Degree16,1887.86%
Bachelors Degree47,86823.23%
Graduate Degree43,96721.34%
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Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White141,107133,60170,829
Black44,58339,5078,197
Asian10,4709,5198,198
Hispanic5,6984,9612,756
2+ Races4,4964,1162,062
Other Race936774329
Native American364323111
Islander51438

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.68%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 78.30%.

Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$40,483$45,718$35,846
Less Than 9th Grade$20,468$21,980$16,575
High School Graduate$27,404$31,035$24,262
Some College$32,810$37,330$30,141
Bachelors Degree$47,676$53,485$41,165
Graduate Degree$63,199$71,166$57,377

$40,483

Average Earnings

$45,718

Average Male

$35,846

Average Female

Pittsburgh Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pittsburgh Language by Age

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Pittsburgh Language

88.68% of Pittsburgh residents speak only English, while 11.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.27% of the population.

Pittsburgh Language

Pittsburgh Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White181,27626,34614.53%
Black65,46621,05432.16%
Asian15,4695,11833.09%
Multiple9,6953,07731.74%
Hispanic8,7601,98622.67%
Other1,80659833.11%
Native50011122.20%
Islander1316247.33%

20.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.96%

Male Poverty Rate

21.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pittsburgh

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pittsburgh is Islander, with 47.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pittsburgh is White, with 14.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.01%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.28%.

Pittsburgh Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.28%
High School19.51%
Some College17.14%
Bachelors or Greater7.41%

Pittsburgh Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.35%
Male Unemployed37.44%
Female Employed13.21%
Male Employed8.51%

Pittsburgh Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pittsburgh Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,711$72,981
Families$68,922$97,855
Married Families$93,500$125,206
Non Families$34,448$53,447
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Income by Household Type

Pittsburgh Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.1%

Male Marriage Rate

29.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Pittsburgh Married by Age and Sex

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Pittsburgh Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Pittsburgh Marital Status by Race

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Pittsburgh Marital Status

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15,315

Number of Veterans

14,032

Male Veterans

1,283

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,282
Second Gulf War2,590
First Gulf War2,128
Korea1,312
World War II759

Pittsburgh Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+3,911
65 to 743,857
55 to 642,942
35 to 542,871
18 to 341,734

Pittsburgh Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White10,7355.98%
Black3,9897.50%
2+ Races3575.94%
Asian1691.07%
Hispanic1622.16%
Other Race382.70%
Native American275.92%

Pittsburgh Veterans by Race

Pittsburgh Veterans by Education

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12.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pittsburgh Veterans by Education

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63.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.1%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

Pittsburgh Employment by Age

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Pittsburgh Employment by Race

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Pittsburgh Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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68.82%

Born in Pittsburgh

91.04%

Native Born

8.96%

Foreign Born

5.83%

Non Citizen

3.13%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.04% of Pittsburgh residents were born in the United States, with 68.82% having been born in Pennsylvania. 5.83% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Pittsburgh Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021299,718-284-0.09%
2020300,002-284-0.09%
2019300,286-284-0.09%
2018300,570-924-0.31%
2017301,494-3,149-1.03%
2016304,6435730.19%
2015304,070-1,894-0.62%
2014305,964-938-0.31%
2013306,9025470.18%
2012306,3553430.11%
2011306,0127290.24%
2010305,283-29,280-0.91%
2000334,563-35,316-1.00%
1990369,879-54,080-1.36%
1980423,959-96,130-2.02%
1970520,089-84,243-1.49%
1960604,332-72,474-1.13%
1950676,8065,1470.08%
1940671,6591,8420.03%
1930669,81781,4741.31%
1920588,34354,4380.98%
1910533,905212,2895.20%
1900321,61682,9993.03%
1890238,61782,2284.32%
1880156,38970,3136.15%
187086,07636,8555.75%
186049,2212,6200.55%
185046,60125,4868.24%
184021,1158,5475.33%
183012,5685,3205.66%
18207,2482,4804.28%
18104,7680.00%

Pittsburgh Population by Year