Friday, April 27, 2012
So if you caught this story in the Trib yesterday.. Pittsburgh region's profile rising among Chinese, The chart below may say it all with China and India being the largest drivers by far of recent immigrant flows coming to and settling in Pittsburgh. File under factoids that surprise folks locally, but yet there are more folks born in Asia living in Pittsburgh these days than there are folks born anywhere in Europe. I've had people strenuously argue the point with me. Surprising most likely because the switch happened in just the last decade and maybe because some do not realize how long ago it was that European immigration into Pittsburgh slowed. When you realize than the local foreign born population born in Europe is much much older than the population born elsewhere outside of the US... in a decade or so the composition of the local foriegn born population is going to be an even larger majority Asian. Basically, there is no reason to think the trends in the chart below can't be extrapolated into the foreseeable future.