Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Immigration again

Just playing with geography, numbers, politics and the news.  So I take the bigger point of this just announced by the city (in the PG version: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto takes steps to attract more immigrants to Pittsburgh)

But just keep in mind something we all do a lot, which is to conflate Pittsburgh, the city proper, with Pittsburgh, the region as variously defined.  But on this topic of immigrants this really matters. The low rate of international immigration that is often mentioned (here and elsewhere) is very much a regional metric. I at least have not spent much time benchmarking cities, although most assume the pattern is the same as for the region which is not a jump you always want to make. When it comes to international immigration, the city of Pittsburgh proper has some different stats.   Here is the data I see for the impact of the foreign born population arriving relatively recently (since 2000) among counties within the Pittsburgh MSA, along with similar metric for the city of Pittsburgh and with Allegheny County divided into city and non-city portions.

So the pattern of immigrants living in the city is actually not that different from a national average.  Still lower than a lot of other comparable major cities mind you, but what is really different about Pittsburgh is just how low the recent immigrant numbers are once you get outside of the city proper... and then into some extremely low numbers once you leave Allegheny County. That is a lot less talked about in general, but the contrast with the city is pretty stark.


Anonymous DBR96A said...

As I've been saying for years now, the city of Pittsburgh is the demographic driver of the future for the metropolitan area, and so is Allegheny County to a lesser extent. The six outlying counties are just a demographic ball and chain at this point.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 5:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always been curious how Pittsburgh would stack up against other regions in terms of non-Mexican immigrants. I suspect the unique absence of Mexicans here is the primary factor that makes Pittsburgh look like such an immigration laggard.

Also, great illustration of how the suburban counties are really a different world compared to Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, do you have any data on how the city/suburan split looks in other metro areas? It seems likely the city would be a leader within a metro in most places.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00:00 PM  

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