Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population 2022

302,425
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Pittsburgh is a city located in Allegheny County Pennsylvania. It is also the county seat of Allegheny County. With a 2020 population of 302,425, it is the 2nd largest city in Pennsylvania and the 70th largest city in the United States. Pittsburgh is currently declining at a rate of -0.09% annually and its population has decreased by -0.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 302,971 in 2020. Spanning over 58 miles, Pittsburgh has a population density of 5,461 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pittsburgh is $72,981 with a poverty rate of 19.69%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Pittsburgh is 32.9 years, 32 years for males, and 34.1 years for females.

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 Pittsburghwas:

  • White: 66.37%
  • Black or African American: 22.98%
  • Asian: 5.83%
  • Two or more races: 3.62%
  • Other race: 0.95%
  • Native American: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 302,425 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 302,971.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Pittsburgh Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Pittsburgh Population by Race

Pittsburgh Population Pyramid 2022

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Pittsburgh Median Age

33.4


Total

32.6


Male

34.4


Female

Pittsburgh Adults

There are 257,329 adults, (45,179 of whom are seniors) in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Pittsburgh Sex Ratio

Female

153,676

51.01%

Male

147,610

48.99%

Pittsburgh Population by Age

Pittsburgh Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Pittsburgh Household Types

46.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Pittsburgh Households and Families

2.83

Average Family Size

1.98

Average Household Size

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Pittsburgh Households by Type

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Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 77.71%.

Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Race

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$41,215

Average Earnings

$46,761

Average Male

$36,281

Average Female

Pittsburgh Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pittsburgh Language by Age

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Pittsburgh Language

88.69% of Pittsburgh residents speak only English, while 11.31% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.88% of the population.

Pittsburgh Language

Pittsburgh Poverty by Race

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19.69%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.23%

Male Poverty Rate

21.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pittsburgh

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pittsburgh is Islander, with 39.41% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pittsburgh is Hispanic, with 21.15% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.26%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.59%.

Pittsburgh Poverty

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Pittsburgh Poverty Rate by Education

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Pittsburgh Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pittsburgh Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Pittsburgh Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.1%

Male Marriage Rate

29.0%

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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14,440

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Pittsburgh Veterans by War

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Pittsburgh Veterans by Age

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Pittsburgh Veterans by Race

Pittsburgh Veterans by Education

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13.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pittsburgh Veterans by Education

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64.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.6%

Employment Rate

5.4%

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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68.60%

Born in Pittsburgh

90.99%

Native Born

9.01%

Foreign Born

5.78%

Non Citizen

3.23%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.99% of Pittsburgh residents were born in the United States, with 68.60% having been born in Pennsylvania. 5.78% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Pittsburgh Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Pittsburgh Population by Year