Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MSA
Pittsburgh – New Castle - Weirton PA, WV, OH CSA
|— CSA —|
|• Metro||14,780 km2 (5,706 sq mi)|
|Elevation||−255 m (660-3,001 ft)|
|• Density||166/km2 (429/sq mi)|
|• CSA||2,661,369 (19th)|
|MSA/CSA = 2012,
Urban = 2010
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||15xxx to 161xx|
|Area code(s)||304, 412, 681, 724, 740, 814, 878|
The Pittsburgh metropolitan area (also called Greater PittsburghSouthwestern Pennsylvania or the Pittsburgh Tri-State) is the largest population center in both the Ohio River Valley and Appalachia. The metropolitan area consists of the city of Pittsburgh in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding counties. By many definitions the area extends into the U.S. states of West Virginia and Ohio. The larger "tri-state" region is defined by the U.S. Census as the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) while definitions of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) are within Pennsylvania.
The area is renowned for its industries including steel, glass and oil; its economy also thrives on healthcare, education, technology, robotics, financial services and the film industry. The region is an emergent area for oil and natural gas companies' Marcellus shale production. The city is headquarters to major global financial institutions including PNC Financial Services (the nation's fifth-largest bank), Federated Investors and the regional headquarters of BNY Mellon.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines the area as both a MSA consisting of seven Western Pennsylvania counties anchored by the city of Pittsburgh and a twelve county Pittsburgh–New Castle-Weirton CSA with 2 West Virginia counties and one in Ohio. The MSA definition includes the city proper and the Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland. The CSA definition also adds the two Western Pennsylvania counties of Lawrence and Indiana, West Virginia's Brooke and Hancock as well as Ohio's Jefferson.
The MSA had a 2012 population of 2,360,733 and has a land area of 5,343 sq. miles, while the CSA had a 2012 population of 2,661,369. Pittsburgh is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis containing an estimated 54 million people, while many residents also consider themselves part of the Mid-Atlantic coastal region of Virginia to New York. It is classified as Northeast by the U.S. Census with the West Virginia and Ohio components of the CSA being classified as South and Mid-west respectively. The entire MSA and CSA are within the Congressional Appalachian Regional Commission's definition of Appalachia.
History of definition
Population MSA 1900-1990, CSA 2000–present
Since the U.S. Census officially began "metropolitan" definitions in 1950, the original counties included were: Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Beaver.
In 1983 Fayette County was added, in 1993 Butler County was added, in 2003 Armstrong County was added with Lawrence County as a combined area.
2013 saw the combined area grow as both Indiana County, Pennsylvania was added and the counties of Jefferson in Ohio and Brooke and Hancock in West Virginia were added.
|Armstrong County Townships|
|Beaver County Townships|
|Butler County Townships|
|Fayette County Townships|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,431,087 people, 995,505 households, and 652,196 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 89.8% (2,182,444) White, 7.9% (191,103) African American, 0.1% (2,668) Native American, 1.1% (26,209) Asian, <0.1% (552) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (6,250) from other races, and 0.9% (21,861) from two or more races. 0.7% (17,408) were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $35,908, and the median income for a family was $44,709. Males had a median income of $35,670 versus $23,993 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,897.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,525,730 people, 1,032,596 households, and 678,085 families residing within the CSA. The racial makeup of the CSA was 90.0% (2,272,338) White, 7.7% (194,519) African American, 0.1% (2,763) Native American, 1.1% (26,467) Asian, <0.1% (561) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (6,426) from other races, and 0.9% (22,656) from two or more races. 0.7% (17,937) were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The median income for a household in the CSA was $35,563, and the median income for a family was $44,303. Males had a median income of $35,277 versus $23,713 for females. The per capita income for the CSA was $18,639.
Pittsburgh International Airport (to the west of downtown) and the smaller but less crowded Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (to the east of downtown) provide commercial service to the metro area. Other general aviation airports include:
- North Metro:
- South Metro:
- East Metro:
- West Metro:
The Pittsburgh area is served by four main-line Interstates including the Pennsylvania Turnpike (which is co-signed with I-76 and in the extreme eastern part of the region also co-signed with I-70):
As well as several Interstate spur routes:
- U.S. 22 serving west area commuters from Steubenville, Ohio, through West Virginia and into the metro area of Washington County, Pennsylvania, and into Allegheny merging into I-376.
- U.S. 30 in the Greensburg area and co-signed with I-376 through the city and western suburbs.
- U.S. 119
- U.S. 422
- Ohio Route 7 along the Ohio River in Jefferson County, Ohio.
- Route 28 serving the Allegheny Valley commuters in the Northeast and through suburban Armstrong County.
- Mon–Fayette Expressway a 70 mile long interstate grade route between the south hills and West Virginia.
- Route 65 serving commuters along the Ohio River valley to the northwest of the city.
- Amos Hutchinson Bypass as a partial east hills beltway for traffic from both Interstate 70 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 76.
- Fort Duquesne Boulevard serving as a downtown expressway between I-279 and I-579.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) is the largest mass transit service in the metro area and includes a 26 mile subway/light rail system, all serving the central core. This system is complimented by BTA and Town & Country to north destinations, BCTA and NTC to northwest destinations, WCTA and IndiGo to eastern destinations, WCT, MMVTA and FACT serving southern destinations. The University of Pittsburgh Transportation System also provides services in the eastern core of the metropolitan area while Mountain Line Transit serves the city, western suburbs and an express route south to Morgantown, West Virginia.
A metro map of all fixed route transit routes for Pennsylvania counties can be found here.
The Pittsburgh area served as a launchpad for the professionalization of both American football and ice hockey in the 1890s and 1900s. The first professional player (William Heffelfinger) played for a Pittsburgh football team in 1892, which was followed by the first open professional (John Brallier), the first all-professional team (the Latrobe Athletic Association), and a participant in the first all-professional league (the Pittsburgh Stars of the first National Football League). In the case of ice hockey, the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League was the first hockey league to pay its players in 1901, eventually merging into the first fully pro league, the International Professional Hockey League, in 1904. Professional hockey in Pennsylvania predated the professionalization of the game in Canada (where it eventually came to dominate in the early 20th century) by four years.
As of 2013, the region is home to three "major league" franchises:
- Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball (founded 1882)
- Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (founded 1933)
- Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League (founded 1967)
It also has several minor league teams including:
- Washington Wildthings farm team Baseball.
- Pittsburgh Power Arena Football
- Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a professional soccer team in the USL Pro League
NCAA Division I sports also play a key role in the region with the University of Pittsburgh fielding both football and basketball.
Golf in the metro area boasts such courses as Oakmont Country Club, which has hosted the U.S. Open a record eight times, and Foxburg Country Club the oldest continuous club in the U.S. Such tournaments as the 84 Lumber Classic, Pittsburgh Senior Open and the current Mylan Classic call the region home. Area courses have also hosted multiple PGA Championships, LPGA Championships, U.S. Women's Opens and Ryder Cup matches.
Annual sports events
The regions rivers have hosted the Bassmaster Classic and Forrest Wood Cup and the region has enjoyed having one of only two teams to host the Major League Baseball All Star Game a record eight times. The region has also hosted the NHL All Star Game, NHL Winter Classic, Senior Olympics, NHL Entry Draft, AHL All Star Game, NCAA Tournament and has been selected as the site of the 2012 Frozen Four.
Winter in the region sees sport continue at such rinks at PPG Place and North Park as well as area ski resorts like Boyce Park, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort, and Wisp.
Colleges and universities
- University of Pittsburgh (28,328-29% out of state)
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania (15,126)
- Carnegie Mellon University (11,443-83% out of state)
- Duquesne University (10,270-26% out of state)
- Slippery Rock University (8,648-11% out of state)
- California University of Pennsylvania (7,206-7% out of state)
- Robert Morris University (4,783-22% out of state)
- Point Park University (4,086-32% out of state)
- Franciscan University of Steubenville (2,741)
- Art Institute of Pittsburgh (2,765-50% out of state)
- Carlow University (2,540-5% out of state)
- Chatham University (2,219-28% out of state)
- Seton Hill University (2,145-25% out of state)
- West Penn-Allegheny Medical School
- St. Vincent College (1,984-23% out of state)
- University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (1,808-2% out of state)
- Geneva College (1,580-34% out of state)
- Washington and Jefferson College (1,514-31% out of state)
- Westminster College (1,469-19% out of state)
- LaRoche College (1,356-11% out of state)
- Penn State University Fayette (1,095-3% out of state)
- Bethany College (1,030)
- Penn State University Beaver (851-12% out of state)
- Penn State University New Kensington (819-2% out of state)
- Penn State University Allegheny (750-15% out of state)
Community colleges and trade schools
Non-profit 2 year institutions include:
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