Want to know the percentage of renters vs. owner-occupied housing in Allentown? How about the population by age of Homewood South residents? Want to know how many in the West End are native born? Now, you have a tool to find out all that and more. The University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) was created in 1972 to serve as a resource for researchers and educators interested in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences. The UCSUR’s program in Urban and Regional Analysis has spent decades studying patterns of change in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. This month, they released a report titled City of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Profiles American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates 2005-2009 Data.
The report compiles data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) for the City of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. ACS is a new program which replaced what was previously known as the “long-form” census. The ACS has a smaller sample size than the old long form allowing for data to be compiled on a neighborhood basis. It should be noted that because the sample size is so small, errors are magnified with smaller areas having the largest margin of error. Therefore, the report notes, “It is recommended that the data released by the ACS program should be used to understand the characteristics of specific geographic areas, and the data generally should not be used as a reference for the specific counts of individuals, households or housing units.” This shows up most notably near the beginning of the report (pages 5 and 6) where comparisons are made between neighborhoods. For example, the report compares the five neighborhoods with the highest and lowest percentage of households comprised of married‐couple families — I’m guessing there actually are some married couples in Chateau.
Still, the two-page profiles of each neighborhood are a fascinating read as a reflection of the characteristics of the residents who live there. Data has been compiled for each of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods in the following categories:
Population by Race
Family Structure (Household Type)
Place of Birth By Citizenship Status
Population by Age Group
Tenure (Owner-occupied Vs. Renters)
You can view the full report here. (You can go to the index on page three to find your neighborhood.)