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Explore the Key Indicators
Governments, businesses, and citizens depend on relevant, accurate, and timely data and statistics to make informed decisions about a range of issues.
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Economic transformation has shaped the demographics of the Pittsburgh region over several decades. Job destruction during the 1980’s induced significant outmigration of younger workers and dampened migration flows into the region. The unique demographic profile of the region that has resulted is set forth in seven indicators organized into fourteen charts.
Manufacturing, while still important, is not the dominate regional reality of 30 years ago. Jobs in health, higher education, business services and technology-based enterprises now dominate the regional economy. Twelve indicators are organized in four clusters: Jobs and Employment, Wages and Cost of Living, General Business Conditions and Comparative Measures of Success.
The level of educational attainment of a region’s population is an important measure of its potential for achievement and comparative advantage in a global environment. Pittsburgh’s achievement rankings are available in seven separate categories. Equally important are data on student performance, teacher education and training and resource allocation. None of these second cluster of indicators is beyond the development stage to date.
Housing is a key quality of life issue, and the Pittsburgh region is characterized by a generally favorable housing situation by national standards. This is in part the product of a relatively low cost of living and static population trends. Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh's housing stock also is much older than average.
The Pittsburgh region, with its rivers, steep hills and temperature swings, places unusual demands on its transportation system. Information on air travel, traffic congestion, transit use, road conditions, and water freight provide insights on comparative economic advantages (or lack thereof) for the region.
Regions across the country and world are adapting sustainable practices. Sustainability is the capacity of a region to use these practices to to help the region flourish in ways that increase livability and prosperity for its citizens, while ensuring the longevity and health of its environment.