Thursday, October 01, 2009

Changing Pittsburgh

Just a little note on demographics.  The local Jewish Chronicle has a blog post about some statistics on the Jewish population by congressional district.  The post comments on how only PA 14 which includes the City of Pittsburgh and environs of the Mon Valley for the most part is only the 67th largest Jewish population in the nation measured at 27,982. Surprises me a bit.

A side note on religion stats.. Mentioned long ago, but still one of the more amazing maps I have ever seen is this interactive map of the US with data on the predominant religious denomination by county. Check out:

I never realized this.  But just by eyeballing that map, it looks like Elk County is the most Catholic county in the US outside of some border counties in the Southwest. 

But on Pittsburgh's Jewish population.  I once scanned this document from the 1910 census which showed that at the time the 2nd largest foreign born groups in the City of Pittsburgh were those listed as Russian. More than Irish or Italian by far which surprises me.   I presume that captures various groups of Jewish immigrants around the turn of the previous century and Russia at the time would have included more countries that we currently define as Russia today as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a native of St. Marys (Elk County)... everyone there is Catholic. There are four ethnicities... Bavarian, Italian, Irish and Pole.

Friday, October 02, 2009 1:28:00 PM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

Much of Central Europe was under Russian administration prior to WWI. For example, what we know as Poland was partitioned between Prussia (Germany) and Russia. My grandfather emigrated from Warsaw in 1914, but his naturalization papers say that he had emigrated from "Warsaw, Poland, Russia". I imagine the many Poles, Lithuanians, Estonians, Ukranians, etc., were listed as arriving from "Russia" at the same time.

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