Tuesday, July 17, 2007

is young Pittsburgh an oxymoron? Maybe.......

.... maybe not.

Money Magazine is reporting that Indiana, PA is the 15th youngest place in the US. Their list sure looks like nothing more than a compilation of college towns. Isn't this self-evident?

Of course, it's like an island of young people. Some time ago I made the map below of young people (arbitrarily those between 21-29) in SW Pennsylvania. That little red speck in the middle of Indiana County is what is showing up in the Money Magazine list. A tabular list of the same for communities in Allegheny county is available as this list.

6 Comments:

Blogger EdHeath said...

Are the two columns in the Allegheny County pdf list two different time periods? They appear to contain the same 213 communities, with changing percentages of youngin's.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 6:46:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

The two columns were two different definitions of 'young'.. one was age 22-29 and the other 22-39.. Of course in Pgh, everthing under 60 constitutes young.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger EdHeath said...

D'oh! It was right there.

Ok, next obnoxious question. Are these absolute numbers or maybe tens or soemthing? Trafford is listed as 31 people, that seems low to me ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow... appears tiny Slippery Rock is also quite young...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nearby Indiana, Morgantown and State College also rank amongst the Top 25 cities for singles! Gee... a relatively small municipality dominated by a large university... I wonder why they have such large populations of singles... Money must've spent a lot of time on this research... apparently Morgantown is a much better city for singles than Pittsburgh... which regularly ranks last in Forbes' ranking

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

ah.. of course Morgantown as well...

Ed.. good question that gets to one of the great geographical confusions in the region.. how many municipalities are in Allegheny County? If that was in a report I ought to have a footnote somewhere saying it was just for the Allegheny County portion of Trafford. Trafford and McDonald are municipalities that cross county lines. So Trafford proper is much bigger than just the Allegheny County piece. The AC piece is pretty small I do believe. As I did in that table, you often get the two different entities confused.

So if someone says there are 130 munis in the county they are including the two that cross county boundaries. Otherwise its 128.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:35:00 PM  

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