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 eitherPittsburgh falls only into that former category -- relatively small Hispanic populations.
relatively small Hispanic populations, high recent Hispanic growth, or both.
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.