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Pittsburgh Facts, Pittsburgh Firsts

Statistics for the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Welcome to one of the country's most delightful surprises. No longer the dirty steel town of old, Pittsburgh is now a true renaissance city. A city of modern cathedrals and Old World, neighborly charms, filled with high-tech companies, friendly faces, fun and adventure. Come and take a closer look!

Pittsburgh Basics
Founded: 1758
Founded: 1758
Incorporated: 1816
City Population: 350,363
Allegheny County Population: 1,336,449
Median Family Income (1997): $38,200 (within city limits)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Sale Price (1999): $53,438
Average High Temperature (July): 82.5° F
Average Low Temperature (January): 20.8° F
Also Known As (AKA): The 'Burgh

Area: 55.5 Square Miles
Rank: 13th Largest City in the Nation
Elevation: 1,223 Feet
Port: Pittsburgh is the nation's largest inland port, providing access to the extensive 9,000 mile U.S. inland waterway system.

Public Schools 92
Private Schools 72
Parochial Schools 58
Proprietary Schools 38
Colleges & Universities 8

Protestant 348
Roman Catholic 86
Jewish 28
Orthodox 8

Major Newspapers 4
Radio Stations 32
Television Stations 8

Travel Economy
3.9 million people visit Pittsburgh annually, making travel a $2.2 billion industry that provides more than 35,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the Pittsburgh region.

Are We There Yet?
Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population, and the city is less than 90 minutes flying time from 20 states and Canada.

Sales Tax
Allegheny County sales tax (which includes the city of Pittsburgh) is 7%. Clothing, groceries and specialty foods are tax-free.

Speed Limit
65 mph on major highways; 25 mph in most city neighborhoods

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