Thursday, January 22, 2009

Even the Census gnomes watch the Superbowl

The census weighs in with the facts that separate Pittsburgh and Phoenix. Over on Pittsblog I muse on just how disimilar we are.


Blogger illyrias said...

So why are they giving numbers for both Tampa and the Tampa-St Petersburg region, but only giving numbers for Pittsburgh the city?

And wow, 40% of phoenix folk speak a language other than English compared to 11% in Pittsburgh. To me, that's the #1 telling difference between our cities.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:43:00 PM  
Blogger EdHeath said...

We're not as close to Mexico, and in fact we don't seem to attract many foreign immigrants, apart from in the Oakland area. So we don’t have as many people who either speak or also speak a foreign language.

What's interesting to me is that Phoenix has a lower percentage of people with BA's than Pittsburgh (24% to 32%). Do the numbers for Phoenix include Tempe (ASU)? The census numbers actually make Pittsburgh look like a more attractive place to locate a new or expanded business (more educated workers, lower housing costs, shorter commute and greater use of public transportation, lower median household income – meaning lower average cost for labor). But who knows who sees the census numbers.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 4:43:00 PM  

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