Pittsburgh metropolitan area

Metro Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MSA
Pittsburgh – New Castle CSA
—  CSA  —
Country  United States
State Flag of Pennsylvania.svg Pennsylvania
Largest city Flag of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.png Pittsburgh
 – Metro 14,778.5 km2 (5,706 sq mi)
Elevation -255 m (660-3,001 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 – Density 165.6/km2 (429/sq mi)
 – Urban 1,753,136 (22nd)
 – MSA 2,356,285(22nd)
 – CSA 2,447,393(18th)
  MSA/CSA = 2010,
Urban = 2000
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 15xxx to 161xx
Area code(s) 412, 724, 878
Map of the Pittsburgh-New Castle CSA, composed of the following parts:
  Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area
  New Castle Micropolitan Statistical Area

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area is the metropolitan area surrounding the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is renowned for its industries including steel, glass and oil; moreover, its economy also thrives on healthcare, education, technology, robotics, financial services and more recently film. The region is an emergent area for oil and natural gas companies' Marcellus Shale production.[2] The city is headquarters to major global financial institutions including PNC Financial Services (the nation's fifth largest bank), Federated Investors and the regional headquarters of BNY Mellon.



The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area (also called Greater Pittsburgh), as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of seven counties in Western Pennsylvania, anchored by the city of Pittsburgh. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 2,356,285[1] and has a land area of 5,343 sq. miles (5,706 with Lawrence County included in the Combined Statistical Area). Pittsburgh is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis containing an estimated 54 million people.

Pittsburgh's Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland. The Pittsburgh – New Castle Combined Statistical Area is made up of eight counties in Western Pennsylvania. The statistical area includes the seven county Pittsburgh metropolitan area and the New Castle micropolitan area with the county of Lawrence. As of the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 2,447,393[1].




Census-designated places

Note: All census-designated places are unincorporated.



Allegheny County

Armstrong County

Beaver County

Butler County

Fayette County

Washington County

Westmoreland County


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,431,087 people, 995,505 households, and 652,196 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 89.8% (2,182,444) White, 7.9% (191,103) African American, 0.1% (2,668) Native American, 1.1% (26,209) Asian, <0.1% (552) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (6,250) from other races, and 0.9% (21,861) from two or more races. 0.7% (17,408) were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $35,908, and the median income for a family was $44,709. Males had a median income of $35,670 versus $23,993 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,897.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,525,730 people, 1,032,596 households, and 678,085 families residing within the CSA. The racial makeup of the CSA was 90.0% (2,272,338) White, 7.7% (194,519) African American, 0.1% (2,763) Native American, 1.1% (26,467) Asian, <0.1% (561) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (6,426) from other races, and 0.9% (22,656) from two or more races. 0.7% (17,937) were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income for a household in the CSA was $35,563, and the median income for a family was $44,303. Males had a median income of $35,277 versus $23,713 for females. The per capita income for the CSA was $18,639.


The region is home to three "major league" franchises:

It also has several minor league teams including:

  • Washington Wildthings farm team Baseball.
  • Pittsburgh Power Arena Football

NCAA Division I sports also play a key role in the region with the University of Pittsburgh fielding both football and basketball.

Duquesne University and Robert Morris University also field Division I basketball, with RMU fielding Division I hockey.

Golf in the metro area boasts such courses as Oakmont Country Club, which has hosted the U.S. Open a record eight times, and Foxburg Country Club the oldest continuous club in the U.S. Such tournaments as the 84 Lumber Classic], Pittsburgh Senior Open and the current Mylan Classic call the region home. Area courses have also hosted multiple PGA Championships, LPGA Championships, U.S. Women's Opens and Ryder Cup matches.

Annual sporting events include the Head of the Ohio crew race, Three Rivers Regatta, Pittsburgh Grand Prix, and the Pittsburgh Marathon.

The regions rivers have hosted the Bassmaster Classic and Forrest Wood Cup and the region has enjoyed having one of only two teams to host the Major League Baseball All Star Game a record eight times. The region has also hosted the NHL All Star Game, NHL Winter Classic, Senior Olympics, NHL Entry Draft, AHL All Star Game, NCAA Tournament[disambiguation needed ] and has been selected as the site of the 2012 Frozen Four.

Winter in the region sees sport continue at such rinks at PPG Place and North Park as well as area ski resorts like Boyce Park, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and Wisp.

Colleges and universities

Locally Based Community Colleges and Trade Schools:


The Pittsburgh area is served by four main-line Interstates including the Pennsylvania Turnpike:

As well as several Interstate spur routes:

Other "Expressways" in the area include:


The Pittsburgh International Airport and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport provide commercial service to the area. Other General Aviation airports include:

Area codes

412, 724, 814 and 878.

History of Definition

[1] [2] Since the census officially began "metropolitan" definitions in 1950 the original counties included were:

  • Allegheny
  • Westmoreland
  • Washington
  • Beaver

In 1983 Fayette County was added. In 1993 Butler County was added. In 2003 Armstrong County and as a consolidated area Lawrence County were added.

See also


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