Thursday, January 29, 2009

Steeler nation factoids

Might as well surrender and keep it all Steelers all the time for now.

In the CP Potter comments on the seemingly subdued Super Bowl fever this time around. (will add link when CP puts it online). He has a point, but has anyone noticed just how cold it has been? I think everything has been subdued of late just trying to trudge through the snow, ice, sleet and associated muck. That and we are allowed to be a little bit jaded: One for the Other Thumb is not as pressing an issue as it might be.

But he did highlight a quote in the PG I didn't catch. Speaking of the large number of Steelers Bars and fans out in Arizona they quote a denizen out there who thought:

that Allegheny County sent more residents to Phoenix's Maricopa County than any other in America.
So I say of course: really? Never really heard that myself. So I took a look at the numbers and low and behold the answer is No, but it really is almost true. With data from the IRS for migration between 1992 through 2007 I looked at where folks leaving Allegheny County went to. You have to ignore the counties nearby which are at the top of the list, but that isn't the point. So if you exclude all Pennsylvania Counties here is the list I get for the top counties for the cumulative out-migration from Allegheny County 1992-2007:

Cuyahoga County, OH - 5,431
Maricopa County, AZ - 5,211
Franklin County, OH - 4,778
Cook County, IL - 4,469
Fairfax County, VA - 4,393
Los Angeles, CA - 4,124
Mecklenburg County, NC - 4,075
Montgomery County, MD - 3,549
Manhattan (New York County, NY) - 3,495
Broward County, FL - 3,477

So next to Cuyahoga County, i.e. Cleveland, it really is almost true that Maricopa County is at the top. If we went back further (which I don't have easy data to use) it could easily be that Maricopa County is number one. And this type of data only looks at a single migration decision. Given that a fair number of folks from Cleveland (and other places, just using the example) later move on to places like Maricopa County... it could easily be the case that there are more born Pittsburgher's in Maricopa County than anywhere else in the nation.

If that list looks different from anything you have seen from me in the past, this is county level data which comes out a bit different. So only people leaving Allegheny County broken down by the county that they went to. Maybe I will slice it some other ways before the end of the week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like most of the destinations would be moves for work, rather than retirement. I wonder if that is the case for Arizona, which could be for either?

Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about if you look at from the perspective of metro area? I'm thinking of the DC area, which has multiple counties that when you add it up you get a lot of Pittsburghers there. Probably a lot more than the Phoenix area.

Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was just released today- we didn't do so good in this survey:

Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:14:00 PM  
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