Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Pittsbugh is whiter than almost any other major U.S. city

I've lived in this area for a little more than 6 years now, and I wouldn't have thought of Pittsburgh being one of the least diverse cities in America.

But a new report from the Brookings Institution sends a rather blunt message -- an estimated 87 percent of the people in this city are Caucasian. (Here's the full report, and this appendix highlights the diversity of more than 100 U.S. cities.)

The main report notes that
Many of the most segregated areas are located in the northern and eastern part of the country. The least segregated metro areas—areas such as Pittsburgh, Dayton, and Palm Bay-Melbourne, but also Provo, Colorado Springs, and Seattle—tend to have either
relatively small Hispanic populations, high recent Hispanic growth, or both.
Pittsburgh falls only into that former category -- relatively small Hispanic populations.

But of course diversity also more than Hispanics, and the overall picture of Pittsburgh is surprising -- 87 percent white? I pose that as a question not because I don't believe the report, but because I find it surprising. 

I'm curious enough about this to ask people who have lived here far longer than I have about it. And for a broader look at the report, consider this AP story.

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