Introduction to Pittsburg, Kansas

Pittsburg, Kansas, in Crawford county, is located 78 miles W of Springfield, Missouri (center to center) and is 112 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pittsburg History

Pittsburg was established in 1876. It was named honoring the Pittsburgh City, Pennsylvania. Franklin Playter is considered to be the founder of the city. In the 1870s, the city was a coal mining camp.

Pittsburg and nearby Attractions

  • Gibson Shopping Center
  • Lincoln Park
  • Schlanger Park
  • Carona Depot Museum

Things To Do In Pittsburg

Tourists flock to the Carona Depot Museum while in Pittsburg. Shopping is a fun activity at the Gibson Shopping Center and the Plaza Shopping Center. The city also has many parks including the Lincoln Park, Schlanger Park, and Lakeside Park. Pittsburg hosts several festivals like the Little Balkans Days every year.

Pittsburg Transportation

Joplin Regional Airport is the nearest airport.

Pittsburg Higher Education

Pittsburg State University is situated in Pittsburg. Other higher education institutes that can be attended in Pittsburg include Missouri Southern State College, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and Southwest Baptist University.


Total Population20,382
Male Share of the Population50.9%
Female Share of the Population49.1%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+9,563
Age of the Population26


% of people married35.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.6%
Median Earnings25+$29,549
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,181
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,060


Median Family Income$53,422
% Above Poverty Level69.5%
% Below Poverty Level30.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%


People Living Alone35.5%
Median Gross Rent$680
Median House Value$87,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.7%

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

Pittsburg Almanac

Nearest Medium City 78 miles W of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City112 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Standard Zip Codes66762, 66763
Phone Area Codes620
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Pittsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp21 to 41 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp47 to 71 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
Distance18.7 miles
Jan Temp21 to 41 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 70 F
Annual Precip44.4 inches
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp46 to 69 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 71 F
Annual Precip46 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Capaldo (66762)

Radley (66762)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

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

Pittsburg Public Libraries

Pittsburg Public Library
Pittsburg, Kansas
(620) 231-8110
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Pittsburg Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(316) 231-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pittsburg High Schools

1978 EAST 4TH
Serves 782 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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