Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population 2020

294,860

Pittsburgh is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 294,860, it is the 2nd largest city in Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia) and the 67th largest city in the United States. Pittsburgh is currently declining at a rate of -1.04% annually and its population has decreased by -3.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 305,704 in 2010. Pittsburgh reached it's highest population of 676,806 in 1950. Spanning over 58 miles, Pittsburgh has a population density of 5,325 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pittsburgh is $69,219 with a poverty rate of 21.40%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $922 per month, and the median house value is $116,300. The median age in Pittsburgh is 32.9 years, 31.9 years for males, and 34.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.7 males.

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: 66.85%
  • Black or African American: 23.21%
  • Asian: 5.71%
  • Two or more races: 3.45%
  • Other race: 0.58%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 294,860, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 301,048.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 305,704.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20202,313,660-5,540-0.24%
20192,319,200-5,540-0.24%
20182,324,740-5,540-0.24%
20172,330,280-10,300-0.44%
20162,340,580-7,330-0.31%
20152,347,910-8,290-0.35%
20142,356,200-3,560-0.15%
20132,359,760-570-0.02%
20122,360,3301700.01%
20112,360,1603,0700.13%
20102,357,0900.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White202,95266.85%
Black or African American70,45523.21%
Asian17,3345.71%
Two or More Races10,4753.45%
Some Other Race1,7720.58%
American Indian and Alaska Native4790.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1200.04%

Pittsburgh Population Pyramid 2020

Pittsburgh Median Age

32.9


Total

31.9


Male

34.2


Female

Pittsburgh Adults

There are 257,595 adults, (44,183 of whom are seniors) in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Age Dependency

42.3

Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Pittsburgh Sex Ratio

Female

155,100

51.09%

Male

148,487

48.91%

Pittsburgh Households and Families

Pittsburgh Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Pittsburgh Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.7%24.3%
Male51.3%48.7%
All47.8%52.2%
Female41.2%58.8%
Non Family35.5%64.5%

47.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All136,2752.0647.8
Non Family77,2021.3535.5
Married37,3262.9375.7
Female16,8053.1341.2
Male4,9422.8751.3

2.89

Average Family Size

2.06

Average Household Size

7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Pittsburgh Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,3102.09%
9th to 12th Grade11,3685.52%
High School Graduate53,92926.16%
Some College31,35415.21%
Associates Degree16,6838.09%
Bachelors Degree46,70322.66%
Graduate Degree41,77320.27%

Pittsburgh Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White141,750133,30468,205
Black44,78039,6028,374
Asian9,9959,0707,726
Hispanic5,4914,6862,476
Multiple Races4,3613,9851,873
Other Race958744330
Native American32422364
Islander46426

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.04%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 77.30%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,282$42,140$34,351
Less Than High School$18,151$22,048$14,645
High School Grad$26,340$29,697$23,261
Some College$32,024$35,447$29,745
Bachelors Degree$44,303$51,231$39,297
Graduate Degree$60,415$67,410$54,701

$38,282

Average Earnings

$42,140

Average Male

$34,351

Average Female

Pittsburgh Language

Pittsburgh Language by Age

Pittsburgh Language

88.98% of Pittsburgh residents speak only English, while 11.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.96% of the population.

Pittsburgh Poverty

Pittsburgh Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White182,07426,61714.62%
Black66,27423,00734.71%
Asian15,1645,23234.50%
Multiple9,6623,24633.60%
Hispanic8,4962,25226.51%
Other1,66162937.87%
Native43315736.26%
Islander1204537.50%

21.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.02%

Male Poverty Rate

22.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pittsburgh

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pittsburgh is Other, with 37.87% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pittsburgh is White, with 14.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.26%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.33%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.03%
High School19.90%
Some College17.67%
Bachelors or Greater7.62%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.27%
Male Unemployed41.21%
Female Employed13.46%
Male Employed9.29%

Pittsburgh Income

Pittsburgh Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,831$69,219
Families$65,716$92,113
Married Families$89,060$118,653
Non Families$32,171$50,401

Pittsburgh Marital Status

Pittsburgh Marital Status

Marriage Rates

30.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.3%

Male Marriage Rate

29.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Pittsburgh Married by Age and Sex

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

Pittsburgh Veterans

16,254

Number of Veterans

14,848

Male Veterans

1,406

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,786
Second Gulf War2,674
First Gulf War2,120
Korea1,532
World War II1,077
Age Group Veterans
75+4,290
65 to 744,126
55 to 643,048
35 to 542,973
18 to 341,817
Name Veterans % of Total
White11,5186.37%
Black4,1237.70%
2 or More3646.19%
Hispanic1882.59%
Asian1791.16%
Other493.55%
Indian215.13%

$Pittsburgh Veterans by Education

12.50%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pittsburgh Employment Status

62.8%

Labor Force Participation

58.9%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Pittsburgh Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

69.76%

Born in Pennsylvania

91.52%

Native Born

8.48%

Foreign Born

5.51%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.52% of Pittsburgh residents were born in the United States, with 69.76% having been born in Pennsylvania. 5.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020294,860-3,094-1.04%
2019297,954-3,094-1.03%
2018301,048-672-0.22%
2017301,720-3,094-1.02%
2016304,8146030.20%
2015304,211-1,881-0.61%
2014306,092-930-0.30%
2013307,0225520.18%
2012306,4703630.12%
2011306,1076970.23%
2010305,410-29,153-0.91%
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%