Profile for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PA
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Pittsburgh is a city in Allegheny County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for William Pitt, British statesman
The latitude of Pittsburgh is 40.440N. The longitude is -79.996W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 764 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 325,337.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Pittsburgh demographic reports
Pittsburgh is at the junction of the Allegheny and the Monongahela rivers, which merge to form the Ohio.
Pittsburgh grew tremendously during the Civil War, when it produced much of the nation's steel and glass. Formerly known as "hell with the lid off," because of the smoke from its plants.
The city declined with the steel industry, but rebuilt by broadening its economic base. Home to three major universities, Pittsburgh has emerged as a high-tech and medical center.
Despite regional economic growth, the city still struggles with declining population and a dwindling tax base. Pittsburgh's population in 2003 was less than half its peak of 676,806 in 1950.
In 1891, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names ordered removal of the final h from all communities ending in "burgh," specifically mentioning Pittsburgh. After a 20-year battle, the community won its campaign to restore the original spelling
Public transportation: Port Authority of Allegheny County (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,559. The number of murders and homicides was 67. The violent crime rate was 10.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked among the top 10 cities, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
No. 1 in the ePodunk list of Most Misspelled Cities
Ranked No. 6 on America's Most Literate Cities list, compiled by the University of Wisconsin in 2003
Filming location for:
· 1978 movie, "The Deer Hunter"
· 1992 movie, "Hoffa"
Well-known residents have included:
· Andrew Mellon, financier
· Michael Keaton, actor
· Andrew Carnegie, industrialist
· George Benson, jazz guitarist and vocalist
· Annie Dillard, writer
· Gene Kelly, dancer, actor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Folk Festival - May 25-27, 2007
- Dragon Boat Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
- Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival - May 11-20, 2007
- Irish Festival - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Three Rivers Arts Festival - June 1-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Pittsburgh web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Point State Park, Frick Park, Riverview Park, Schenley Park
Pittsburgh attractions: Pittsburgh Zoo, National Aviary
Sports teams: Pirates (NL), Steelers (NFL), Penguins (NHL), Riverrats (American Indoor Football Association), Riverhounds (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Frick Art & Historical Center, Fort Pitt Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Carnegie Science Center
Colleges and universities:
Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Chatham College, La Roche College, Point Park University, Robert Morris College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 114
In the middle of the little bridge built over the railroad crossing he was suddenly enveloped in a thick mass of smoke spouted out by an in-rushing train. That was Jake's first impression of Pittsburgh.
-- Home to Harlem
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Ancestry & family history
18% of Pittsburgh residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Pittsburgh ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Pittsburgh was $18,816, compared with $21,587 nationally.
26% of Pittsburgh residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Pittsburgh festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Irish Festival - S
- Dragon Boat Festival - S
- Three Rivers Arts Festival - J
- Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival - M
- Folk Festival - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Pittsburgh include Deutschtown Historic District, Manchester Historic District, Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District, Schenley Farms Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Pittsburgh, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $414. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $794.
Libraries in Pittsburgh include Allegheny Regional Branch Library, Beechview Branch Library, Brookline Branch Library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carrick Branch Library, East Liberty Branch Library, Hazelwood Branch Library, Hill District Branch Library, Homewood Branch Library, Knoxville Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Pittsburgh include Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
TV stations in Pittsburgh include KDKA, WCWB, WPGH, WPXI, WQED, WQEX, WTAE.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WDUQ., WQED-FM., WYEP-FM.
Allegheny County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Pittsburgh political report.
Pittsburgh restaurants taking online reservations include Casbah, ELEVEN, Ibiza Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar, McCormick & Schmick's - Pittsburgh, Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Palomino - Pittsburgh, SOBA Lounge, Sonoma Grille Pittsburgh, The Carlton, Trilogy ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Pittsburgh workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 76 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Pittsburgh between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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~ Home to Harlem
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