The Issue:

POVERTY IN PGH

POVERTY

IN PITTSBURGH

IS OFTEN 

 MISUNDERSTOOD.

65,000

People are estimated to live in poverty in Pittsburgh, and thousands more are affected by it. This includes Pittsburghers of all ages, races, and neighborhoods. At PCSI, we strive to understand how poverty truly impacts our city so that we can develop programs

to most effectively combat it.

POVERTY

BY THE NUMBERS

Poverty is a dynamic challenge. It affects people in Pittsburgh, around the US, and everywhere else. Some of our understanding of poverty and poverty-related issues in Pittsburgh comes from the analysis of various data. At PCSI, analyzing and understanding data on poverty is part of our work. We conduct a Community Needs Assessment, and update our programming, goals, and Strategic Plan in accordance with our constantly-evolving understanding of these issues.

RACE & POVERTY

The figure to the left shows the PGH’s poverty population and total population by race.

The African-American poverty rate is higher in Pittsburgh than the White poverty rate. (Similar disparities exist across the US.) However, because the majority of Pittsburghers consider themselves white, the White population makes up a slight majority of the population in poverty in the city. Both poverty rates for the two major racial groups in Pittsburgh are higher on average than in other large US cities. In other words, Pittsburgh’s White poverty and Pittsburgh’s Black poverty are worse than in comparably-sized cities, and our communities’ poverty-related challenges exist across racial lines.

AGE & POVERTY