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Key Indicators for Understanding Our Region ~ Racial & Ethnic Diversity of Counties
Pittsburgh TODAY, June 2017
The demographic portrait of the seven-county Pittsburgh region’s population is becoming less white and more diverse, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
From 2011 to 2016, Allegheny County’s Asian population increased 24.5 percent to 45,921 residents, and the county’s Hispanic population grew 22.9 percent to 24,889 people. Conversely, Allegheny County’s African American population increased just 0.3 percent, and the county’s white population declined 2 percent.
The Black Experience: Pittsburgh's African-Americans Often Leave or Languish in Region
by Tim Grant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Feb 26, 2017
THEN: A once vibrant black community has left via the New Great Migration to the South
NOW: The black middle class has learned to navigate a city that is still segregated in many respects
This article features quotes and interviews with many members of the CEIR working group.
Interfaith Service - Call to Action Against Violence
by Peter Smith | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 8, 2017
Scores of people including public officials and an array of clergy gathered at a Hill District church for an interfaith service Tuesday night, lamenting tragic deaths of young people to gun violence and calling for participants to mobilize for peace.
The two-hour service ranged from exuberant gospel music and preaching to the hushed watching of videotaped stories of the parents of murder victims.
POISE Releases Neighborhoods of Choice Report
by Christian Morrow | New Pittsburgh Courier | March 9, 2017
While Pittsburgh is frantically seeking solutions to the employment, transportation—and particularly—affordable housing issues facing low-income African Americans throughout the city, it is simultaneously trying to recruit and retain millennial, middle-income Blacks to create a diverse culture and fill the increasing number of financial, tech, healthcare and energy jobs going unfilled for lack of skills.
A report recently released by the POISE Foundation indicates that it needs pay more attention to this population, if it wants them to stay here.
Rising together: Pittsburgh can't leave its black citizens behind
by the Editorial Board | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 5, 2017
Pittsburghers have a friendly competition with Cleveland and jokingly call that city “the mistake on the lake.” However, it’s no joke that Cleveland wins the competition on one important measure — the vitality of its African-American community.
Report: Pittsburgh's economy 'prosperous' but leaving some behind
by Daniel Moore | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 2, 2017
As the country healed from the Great Recession, the Pittsburgh region’s economy exhibited clear signs of economic prosperity not seen in most other metro areas... But, while the value generated by Pittsburgh’s economy has outpaced others, the growth has not necessarily translated into new jobs or rising incomes for the region’s middle class, particularly for African-American residents.
Why doesn’t Pittsburgh appeal to young African-American professionals? A report dives in
by Michael Machosky | NEXT Pittsburgh | Feb. 27, 2017
Pittsburgh’s vaunted turnaround and rebirth as a magnet for educated millennials has a weak spot: African-Americans. Certainly some are choosing Pittsburgh, but not in the kind of numbers to offset the migration to places like Washington D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte, which have long exerted a pull on African-American professionals.
“Nothing surprised us, to be honest,” says Daren Ellerbee of African-American Neighborhoods of Choice (AANC), a research group studying Pittsburgh’s middle-class African-Americans, and the neighborhoods they choose. “The study confirmed what we all expected. People viewed Pittsburgh as a place that lacks culture and opportunities.”
Their report, entitled “Neighborhood Attraction Factors Impacting the Young Professional African American Population in the City of Pittsburgh,” was compiled with help from the University Center for Social and Urban Research at Pitt, and support from The Heinz Endowments.
Why does Pittsburgh's workforce lack diversity?
by Dale J. Shoemaker | Public Source | Oct. 13, 2016
Employers hiring people in their own circles is just one piece of a larger reality that Pittsburgh’s workplaces are simply not diverse. In a report released earlier this year, the nonprofit Vibrant Pittsburgh found that minorities here and across Southwestern Pennsylvania hold fewer jobs and lower paying jobs than white people.
Study finds Pittsburgh lags in promoting diversity
Jan 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A recent study found 79 percent of whites feel southwestern Pennsylvania embraces racial and ethnic minorities, while only 41 percent of minorities feel the same way.