Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rural Pennsylvania / foreclosure-less Burgh?

From the Keystone Research Center is a new report on the State of Rural Pennsylvania.


It highlights some convergence between urban and rural trends across the state. It brings to mind something that I have been thinking about more and more. A friend who lives in Southern Fayette County was telling me recently that his neighbors are pretty evenly split between those that commute to work toward Pittsburgh and those that commute toward the greater Washington DC area. The commuting and migration data does not really support that anecdotal observation..... yet. The vast growth of the WashDC area has had an impact in large parts of the state, but I was not sure it is really reaching us just yet. Maybe another day I will look into if there is a definable 'migration divide' between the two regions.

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Here is the factoid of the day. I have to admit I am not quite sure what to make of this. But a compilation of zip codes across the country hardest hit by foreclosures shows nary a mention of any nearby city or town among the top 500 zips. Seen first on CNN with data from RealtyTrac. There really is nothing on that list with a zip starting in 152 or 151 or 15 anything for that matter. In fact, the only Pittsburg (without an 'h') in that list is Pittsburg, CA area code 94565.

hmmm....

2 Comments:

Blogger Jim Russell said...

I would be very interested in reading about where the commuting tipping point between DC and Pittsburgh is located.

I recently read a few articles that discussed Frederick and Morgantown as strategically located, in that these locations enjoy proximity to the DC and Pittsburgh markets.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 7:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time my brother-in-law moved further out into the VA burbs we joked that he'd eventually be living in Breezewood. Not so far off, I guess. Now if we could only get a direct passenger train link between Pgh. and DC. Biking takes too long!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:04:00 PM  

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