Monday, May 02, 2011

Pittsburgh beyond the Urals

From some questions I have been getting I suspect many still don't quite believe one of the factoids on the region I mentioned yesterday.  So, if you think the Pittsburgh immigrant community is still defined by the Tamburitzans, here is a slide I like to show people.  Note the larger sample error producing some noise in the ACS data, but the trend is clearly the trend.


Anonymous The Wiz said...

I don't find that surprising at all. The European immigrants of years ago came to work in steel mills and coal mines. And they were leaving behind a Europe that had been ravaged by multiple wars, famine, disease,and oppression. But now Europe is perhaps the most stable, economically sound area of the globe so people don't leave there.

Now immigrants come to Pittsburgh for the medical, educational, and engineering fields which the Asians seem to excel at. And since "Asians" includes, I am assuming, India and Pakistan, then they account for about half of the world's population in an area of the globe that is neither stable nor economically successful for the all classes of its population.

We have a smaller population of Hispanic immigrants than other areas of the country because they are less educated people looking for manual and skilled-labor jobs and Pittsburgh has had a higher than average unemployment rate over the last several decades. We just don't have the jobs at which they excel.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Donnie Nehru said...

Purely anecdotal, of course, but at the close of last night's county exec. forum in Squirrel Hill the four panelists included two Indians (Raja, and an Indian businessman from Franklin Park sitting in for McCullough), a young black woman (representing Fitzgerald), and an older white man for Flaherty.

Subcontinent ascendant!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:59:00 AM  

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