Pittsburgh, PA Education and City Information

Once almost exclusively a steel city, Pittsburgh now has a economy based on a variety of industries. The city hosts nearly 20 nonprofit colleges and universities, including two nationally ranked schools.

Information About Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pittsburgh had an estimated population of 305,412 in 2014, making it the state's second-largest city. Pittsburgh's racial make-up in 2010 was 66 percent white, just over 26 percent black or African-American, just over four percent Asian and approximately two percent Hispanic or Latino. Pittsburgh's median household income was $40,009 for the years 2010-2014, which compared to a statewide median of $53,115.

Popular attractions in Pittsburgh include the Carnegie Science Center, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The city's Carnegie Museum of Natural History has been recognized as one of the best natural history museums in the country, and its ToonSeum is one of only a handful of U.S. museums devoted to cartoon art. Major League Baseball's Pirates, the National Football League's Steelers and the National Hockey League's Penguins all call Pittsburgh home, as do minor league teams the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (soccer), the Pittsburgh Passion (women's football) and the Pittsburgh Power (arena football).

Pittsburgh's Educational Opportunities

Pittsburgh is home to two universities ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. These include Carnegie Mellon University, ranked 23rd, and the University of Pittsburgh, ranked 66th. La Roche College, ranked by U.S. News as the 34th best regional college in the North, and Chatham University, rated the 53rd best regional university in the North, also are located in the city.

Other notable 4-year schools in Pittsburgh include Carlow University, Duquesne University and Point Park University. Two-year options include the public Community College of Allegheny County and the private Rosedale Technical Institute.

Pittsburgh's Economy and Major Employers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, education and health services had the highest employment with approximately 243,500 jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities held about 211,000 jobs, while professional and business services had about 178,000 jobs. Top employers include the University of Pittsburgh, Mellon Financial Corp., Wal-Mart, and Verizon. Some billion-dollar companies headquartered in Pittsburgh are Alcoa, Inc., Bayer, FedEx Ground, and GlaxoSmithKline.

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