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Overview

Introduction to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is located in southwestern Pennsylvania at the confluence of three rivers: the Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Ohio. Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh emerged in the late 1800s as a world center for coal and steel. Despite setbacks to the steel industry and a population decline over the last few decades, Pittsburgh remains the state's second-largest city and an important industrial center.

Today, Pittsburgh is a city of 400,000, with a diversified economy that embraces high tech companies such as Rockwell Automation and financial services companies such as Mellon Financial and PNC Financial. Other top companies based in the area include Alcoa, US Steel, Heinz, US Airways and Westinghouse. Pittsburgh is one of America's safest and most affordable cities, with a high quality of life.

Pittsburgh Culture

Thanks in part to the generosity of the Heinz and Carnegie families, Pittsburgh has many quality cultural attractions. The world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra owns and plays at Heinz Hall. The Carnegie Museum of Art has one of the world's most impressive collections, with works by van Gogh, Monet and other giants, as well as the Heinz Architectural Center. For more modern art, the Warhol Museum showcases works by Pittsburgh native son Andy Warhol. Fans of architecture can tour what is arguably the greatest architect's greatest creation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater home in nearby Mill Run.

Pittsburgh Sports and Leisure

Sports are a passion in Pittsburgh, with 3 major league teams. Just across the Allegheny River, 38,000-seat PNC Park is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Next door is Heinz Field, whose 64,000-seat stadium is home to the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers as well as college football's Pitt Panthers. Downtown, 17,000-seat Mellon Arena, better known as "the Igloo," hosts the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Outdoors

A wide array of recreation is available in Pittsburgh. The city has a great park system. On Raccoon State Park's 7500+ acres are Racoon Lake for fishing, boating and water sports, plus trails for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Some of the northeast's best downhill skiing is within easy reach of Pittsburgh. Seven Springs, located in Pennsylvania's Laurel Mountains, is Pennsylvania's largest ski area, with 17 slopes and an elevation of nearly 3000 feet. Hidden Valley and Blue Knob are also among the most popular.

Pittsburgh at Night

There are a great variety of nightlife attractions in the Steel City. Described on its website as Pittsburgh's "24-hour neighborhood," the Strip District is a one-half square mile area northeast of downtown that's loaded with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. For a quieter scene, Pittsburgh's South Side has the city's best restaurants, historic Victorian architecture, and shopping and entertainment options.

People

Total Population 305,928
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 145,299
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 31.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $34,209
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,195
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,564

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,370
% Above Poverty Level 77.1%
% Below Poverty Level 22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.8%
% Using Public Transportation 17%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.4%
Median Gross Rent $810
Median House Value $94,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.2%
Irish 16.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pittsburgh Almanac

Category Value
County Allegheny
Metro Area Pittsburgh
Standard Zip Codes 15122, 15123, 15201, 15202, 15203, 15204, 15205, 15206, 15207, 15208, 15209, 15210, 15211, 15212, 15213, 15214, 15215, 15216, 15217, 15218, 15219, 15220, 15221, 15222, 15223, 15224, 15225, 15226, 15227, 15228, 15229, 15232, 15233, 15234, 15235, 15236, 15237, 15238, 15239, 15241, 15243, 15260, 152
P.O. Box Zip Codes 15230, 15231, 15240, 15242, 15244, 15250, 15251, 15264, 15274
Company Zip Codes 15252, 15253, 15254, 15255, 15257, 15258, 15259, 15261, 15262, 15263, 15265, 15267, 15268, 15270, 15277, 15278, 15279, 15281, 15282, 15283, 15285, 15286, 15289
Phone Area Codes 412
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.44
Longitude -79.996

Pittsburgh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MCKEESPORT
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station BAKERSTOWN 3 WNW
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39 inches
Station DONORA 1 SW
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pittsburgh, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Allegheny (15212)

Arsenal (15201)

Baldwin Township (15234)

Beechview (15216)

Bellvue (15202)

Brookline (15226)

Carson (15203)

Castl Shannon (15234)

Castle Shann (15234)

Cedarhurst (15243)

Corliss (15204)

East Liberty (15206)

Greentree (15242)

Hazelwood (15207)

Kilbuck (15233)

McKnight (15237)

Mellon Bank (15253)

Montour (15244)

Mount Washington (15211)

Neville Island (15225)

Observatory (15214)

Pitts (15201)

Rook (15220)

Shadyside (15232)

South Hills (15216)

South Hills Village (15241)

Squirrel Hill (15217)

Universal (15235)

Veterans Hospital (15240)

Wabash (15220)

West Mifflin Century Mall (15123)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomfield 1,347 $55,294
Crafton 5,920 $67,089
Ingram 3,308 $61,023

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pittsburgh Public Libraries

Library
Baldwin Borough Public Library
"WALLACE BUILDING, 41 MACEK DRIVE"
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 885-2255
Crafton Public Library
140 BRADFORD AVE
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 922-6877
Dormont Public Library
2950 WEST LIBERTY AVE
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 531-8754
C C Mellor Memorial Library
"ONE PENNWOOD AVE, EDGEWOOD"
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 731-0909
Green Tree Public Library
10 W MANILLA AVE
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 921-9292
Mount Lebanon Public Library
16 CASTLE SHANNON BLVD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 531-1912
Lauri Ann West Mem Library
1220 POWERS RUN ROAD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 828-9520
Penn Hills Library
240 ASTER ST
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 798-3507
Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh
4400 FORBES AVENUE
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 622-3114
Library Web Site
Northland Public Library
300 CUMBERLAND RD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 366-8100
Pleasant Hills Public Library
302 OLD CLAIRTON RD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 655-2424
Brentwood Library
3501 BROWNSVILLE RD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 882-5694
Whitehall Public Library
100 BOROUGH PARK DR
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 882-6622
Plum Borough Library
445 CENTER-NEW TEXAS ROAD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 798-7323

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Pittsburgh Hospitals

UPMC SOUTH SIDE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2000 MARY STREET
(412) 488-5550
Emergency Service: Yes

ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
320 EAST NORTH AVENUE
(412) 359-3131
Emergency Service: Yes

MAGEE WOMENS HOSPITAL OF UPMC HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
300 HALKET STREET
(412) 641-4010
Emergency Service: Yes

UPMC PRESBYTERIAN SHADYSIDE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
200 LOTHROP STREET
(412) 647-8788
Emergency Service: Yes

UPMC ST MARGARET
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
815 FREEPORT ROAD
(412) 784-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

MERCY HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1400 LOCUST STREET
(412) 232-8111
Emergency Service: Yes

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4800 FRIENDSHIP AVE
(412) 578-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
565 COAL VALLEY RD
(412) 469-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

UPMC PASSAVANT
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
9100 BABCOCK BOULEVARD
(412) 367-6700
Emergency Service: Yes

ST CLAIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1000 BOWER HILL ROAD
(412) 561-4900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pittsburgh High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WOODLAND HILLS SHS
412-244-1100
Serves 1,919 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

MT LEBANON SHS
412-344-2003
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,916 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

BALDWIN SHS
412-885-7500
Serves 1,756 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

FOX CHAPEL AREA SHS
412-967-2433
Serves 1,580 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

SHALER AREA HS
412-492-1200
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,547 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

ALLDERDICE HS
412-422-4800
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,533 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

PLUM SHS
412-795-4880
Serves 1,473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

PENN HILLS SHS
412-793-7000
Serves 1,456 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

UPPER SAINT CLAIR HS
412-833-1600
Serves 1,435 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

SCHENLEY HS
412-622-8200
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,384 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

NORTH HILLS SHS
412-318-1402
Serves 1,369 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

CARRICK HS
412-885-7700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,364 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

BRASHEAR HS
412-571-7300
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,293 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

PERRY TRADITIONAL ACADEMY
412-323-3400
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,033 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

OLIVER HS
412-323-3250
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,030 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

KEYSTONE OAKS HS
412-571-6040
Serves 923 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

NORTHGATE MSHS
412-734-8002
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 794 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

PEABODY HS
412-665-2050
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 748 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

LANGLEY HS
412-778-2100
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 666 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

WESTINGHOUSE HS
412-665-3940
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 611 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

BRENTWOOD SHS
412-881-4940
Serves 475 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

AVONWORTH HS
412-366-6360
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 437 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

PITTSBURGH HS CREAT & PER ARTS
412-338-6100
Serves 429 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

SOUTH VO-TECH HS
412-488-5160
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 377 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

CAREER CONNECTIONS CHS
412-682-1816
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 298 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

LETSCHE ED CTR
412-338-3800
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 251 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

NORTHSIDE URBAN PATHWAYS CS
412-392-4601
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.8

CONROY ED CTR
412-323-3105
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

MCNAUGHER SP ED CTR
412-323-3115
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 106 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

PIONEER ED CTR
412-571-7405
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 75 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

MERCY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
412-320-2393
Serves 45 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

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