Pittsburgh has another population drop

Pittsburgh has another population drop

Based on the 2018 U.S. Census estimates for cities and towns, the population of the City of Pittsburgh as of July 1, 2018, was 301,048.  From the official 2010 Census count of 305,704, the estimate shows a decline of 4,656.

The estimated population counts (from 2011 forward) were revised when the 2018 estimate was published.  For instance, this time last year the estimated city population in 2017 was 302,407. That was revised downward to 301,720 in the new estimates and effectively reduced the 2017-to-2018 drop by half.  As of now the 2017-to-2018 change is a decline of 672 residents.

Based on the population estimates, Pittsburgh had three year-over-year increases (2011 to 2012, 2012 to 2013 and 2015 to 2016) and four year-over-year decreases.

How is Pittsburgh doing when compared with cities of similar size?  In the revised 2017 estimates there are four other cities in the population range of 300,000 to 310,000.  As the table below shows, only St. Louis lost population year-over-year.  Cincinnati grew and now has 1,500 more people than Pittsburgh.  Fast-growing Henderson (Nev.) was below 300,000 in the 2017 estimates and was above 310,000 in 2018.

Of the cities that comprise our Benchmark City study, all had population growth from 2017 to 2018 with Columbus and Charlotte having growth of greater than 1 percent.  That has significant impact on the per capita levels of spending and taxation in these cities.

Along with data on the metro area and Allegheny County, as population falls the region, county and again the city are losing ground relative to comparable places and that has impacts on labor force, tax base and political representation.